Wide receiver Randy Moss broke his training camp silence today, speaking with the assembled media for the first time since the Patriots' 17-14 Super Bowl loss to the New York Giants in February.
Moss started the interview by saying he would answer only three questions, and he was true to his word. Despite the brevity of the interview, Moss, who returned to the Patriots this off-season, when he inked a three-year, $27 million deal with $14.1 million in bonuses and guarantees, said he came back for another go-round in Foxborough because he felt there was unfinished business.
He also talked about whether the Patriots offense can top its prolific output from 2007, when it set an NFL record for points, and Moss broke Jerry Rice's TD reception record, hauling in 23 of Tom Brady's record 50 TD tosses.
Here is a transcript of three questions with Moss:
Randy, in the end what made you decide to come back to the Patriots?
"I just think that first and foremost we have some unfinished business. I like the camaraderie around here, especially in the locker room, on the field. We got a great group of guys in the locker room. I think that's all you can ask for, and coaching. Coach Belichick understands football and understands his players and really puts us together as one. We come together as a team, and that's what you can definitely respect playing in this profession, playing in this league."
As explosive as you and Tom and the whole offense were last year how excited are you to get back on the field and now you have training camp under your belt that you didn't have last year?
"I'm actually kind of nervous and the reason why is that I think [about] what we did last year as a whole unit. We're going to try to come out and put points on the board because that's what we're coached and asked to do, but the expectation, the bar is set so high here -- not by you all, not by the fans, but just by the coaches and the team.
"We have high expectations for this offense and this team as a unit, but what we did last year I don't think we can really, really live and dwell off that because that was last year. Like I said, it's a little bit of nervousness because I know how high the bar is here."
Tom said you were ahead of last year going into the point at last year. He said from Day One you've been ahead because you have a year in the system. Did you feel that comfort level coming into Day One?
"The good thing that I can really say about our offense, and I'm speaking for myself, is that you had guys that came in late, [Jabar] Gaffney, myself, Chad Jackson was hurt last year, and Welker coming in last year, so for us to have a whole off-season, a training camp to really understand the offense and the concept is really scary. That's why I say I'm nervous man because there is really no telling what we're going to do. So, like I said, the bar is set high and we'll see what happens."