Patriots quarterback Tom Brady today shot down a report over the weekend that he and former Patriots receiver Randy Moss had to be separated following a locker room tiff prior to the trade of Moss to the Vikings last week.
“No, certainly not,” Brady said this morning on his weekly appearance on WEEI’s “Dennis & Callahan” program. “I don’t know why these things come about, but they do, I think it’s just a competitive media culture out there now and certainly between Randy and I, I love the guy as a person and as a player. I don’t think I’ve ever had an altercation with a teammate.”
CBS analyst Charley Casserly reported on Sunday’s NFL pregame show that Brady and Moss had word over things ranging from Moss’s behavior to each player’s grooming.
“You demand a certain level of respect in the locker room, and I think that’s the culture of our team, and I don’t think I’ve ever seen any players in our locker room fight. That’s just not the way it is,” Brady said.
Other highlights from the interview:
On whether Moss was unhappy over his role changing from primary receiver to decoy:
“I have no idea, I really don’t,” Brady said. “With all due respect to all the different questions I’m sure you guys have about Randy, I think he’s moved on, he played for another team last night, and we’ve moved on.”
On whether the Patriots’ offense can be as effective without Moss:
“That remains to be seen with our offense. I can tell you 20 different ways, but we’ve got to go out there and do it, and I don’t think there’s any one solution. You just don’t replace a guy with Randy’s talent and ability down the field. You replace it with maybe using the strengths of other players.”
On whether the Patriots’ offense will become more focused on short gains and sustained drives:
“I don’t know. I’d love to have an offense that controls the tempo of the game, and controls the clock by running it, and you have these high-percentage passes with the different players that we have, but I think we still have some explosive players in the passing game, I don’t think there’s any doubt about that.”
On whether he was asked by the team for his input prior to trading Moss:
“Certainly not. You know, I’m a player on this team, just like all the other players, and obviously I talk a lot to the coaches, and they talk to the players, but they’d never come and say ‘well, what do you think about this?’ I mean, we show to work and we do our jobs, and I think that’s the best way to handle things as a player.”