No Moss no mas?
The Patriots' trade of receiver Randy Moss to the Vikings for what the Associated Press reported was a third-round pick led the NFL headlines on Wednesday.
Acquiring draft picks and young, ascending players for a player in the December of his career fits well with the Bucs' philosophy. Coach Raheem Morris' only concern is if his team has to face Moss now that he is back in the NFC. (The Bucs play the NFC Central, including the Vikings, next season.)
"I knew he was a Patriot, and I didn't have to play him this year," Morris said. "Now he's a Viking, and I don't have to play him this year. Maybe.
"Nothing surprises me with (Patriots coach) Bill Belichick. He's run his program correctly. I'll talk about the Patriots because I respect how they run their organization so much with young players constantly rolling through there, accumulating draft picks. I don't know what their front office talked about, but maybe it was the fact of maybe you're not going to re-sign him so you get something for him. I'm sure Coach Belichick and his staff and organization turned all those pages and felt comfortable doing it, so they did it."
Quote of the day
"They kind of thrive on the boos. They kind of thrive on the middle fingers rolling into the stadium. They kind of get a little bit of energy because everybody hates them. They thrive on that negatively or that us-against-the-world mentality because they're all kind of a young football team and they all listened to (rapper Tupac Shakur) growing up."
Morris on why his young team has played well on the road lately, winning three straight dating to last season
Stephen F. Holder, Times staff writer