Randy Moss didn’t have one of his better games Sunday and continued his moratorium on speaking with the media since being dismissed from practice for arriving late last Wednesday.
Moss recorded two drops, a fumble, a false start penalty, and was Tom Brady’s target on interception as the Patriots beat the Panthers, 20-10.
Tom Brady, who spoke to Moss on the sideline about his play, said the receiver was frustrated.
“It’s frustrating as a player and he was frustrated at himself and the situation,” Brady said. “It’s just stuff you gotta fight through. He keeps fighting through it. You have those days where things aren’t going your way. But you keep lining up and you keep going up. You gotta keep fighting. That was the message I was trying to convey.
“You’re a quarterback you throw picks, you throw bad balls, you’re a receiver you drop balls, you’re a running back you fumble balls,” Brady continued. “It’s part of the process. It’s about making the next one a good one. Not about making the next one a bad one because you’re down in the dumps.”
Moss finished with one catch for 16 yards, fumbling at the end of the catch. He was targeted four times in the game.
Update: Teammate Kevin Faulk came to Moss’s defense.
“As long as the guys in this locker room know that he’s giving his all, and that football is the No. 1 thing in his life, I don’t think what other people think matters,” Faulk said. “He knows what he has to do as a football player, and he’s doing it. Nobody else is complaining. Nobody in this organization is complaining about what he’s doing.”
Ever think he doesn’t play hard?
“Never. One thing I would add: I think that what happened this week, as far as getting sent home — I think it pissed us of as players, too — how the media expressed how Randy Moss got sent home with three other players. That’s what really hurts him the most. Why not name the other three players? Why just his name? He was really hurt about the situation, about getting sent home. But at the same time, that’s what Bill’s wishes were. And that’s what he did.”
Was it lingering at all?
“I know it wasn’t. He loves football. This is what he loves to do. And nobody ever says that.”