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Belichick defends Moss, slams Panthers

Posted by Adam Kilgore, Globe Staff  December 14, 2009 12:41 PM

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Bill Belichick is anything but a war-of-words coach, but what Chris Gamble and Chris Harris said yesterday about Randy Moss changed that. Given multiple chances to defend Randy Moss and his effort Sunday, Bill Belichick spoke about the respect he has for Moss in general. He got specific about Panthers cornerbacks who accused Moss of loafing yesterday.

 

“My response is, that’s a lot of conversation coming from a team that just lost another game,” Belichick said.

 

A team that just lost another game. Belichick would return to that theme later. First, a reporter asked him directly, was he satisfied with Moss’s effort?

 

“I said the same thing about everybody on the team,” Belichick said. “Could players have played better? Could coaches have coached better? Sure. You know, Randy Moss has been one of our most consistent players since he’s been here. His production has been pretty good. I think you certainly see that in the way other teams defend him, that they must have an awful lot of respect for him, too. Which I do.

 

“We can sit in here every week and try to talk about somebody who didn’t have big stats, so what happened this week? You pick out somebody on the team every week that didn’t have big stats. Somebody in the passing game, somebody in the passing game, somebody on defense. Everybody can’t have high stats every week. It’s impossible. We can always pick out somebody and say, what happened to them?”

 

Trying to further clarify Belichick’s position, a reporter asked the coach if the media was chasing a misconception. He used the question to eventually return to smacking down Gamble and Harris.

 

“You can say whatever you want,” Belichick said. “That’s your job. I just told you. I have a lot of respect for Randy. I think he’s one of our best players. I think if you watch other teams defend him, you watch other teams play against him, they think the same way. Other than these two guys from Carolina after they lost another game. I guess they didn’t think that way. They haven’t won a lot of games now.

 

They haven’t won a lot of games now. That is the most trash talk you will ever see out of Belichick at a press conference. Letting his emotions show, he arrived at a core belief of his in another response.

 

“You know how I feel about stats,” Belichick said. “Stats are for losers. The final score is for winners. We had games when I was with the Giants and we couldn’t hold Gary Clark under 200 yards passing. And some of those are wins. That’s the bottom line.”

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