The New England Patriots can embarrass an opponent. Randy Moss knows this as well as anyone after spending 3 Â½ years in the same meeting room as Bill Belichick and in the same huddle as Tom Brady. And the veteran receiver is spreading that message to his new teammates this week.
"Bill Belichick is a so-called genius," said Moss, returning the compliment Belichick gave Moss earlier in the day. "He changes (the offense) up every week. So there's not really much input that I can give for the week"
"Just have your head on a swivel and be ready for anything because the way they're playing, just coming off a Monday night game against the so-called best team in the league in the Houston Texans, they put 40-some points up and really embarrassed them. So I don't think we want to be that team that gets embarrassed on national television. So like I said hopefully we come prepared and ready to play a good game."
Moss, who has granted perhaps a half dozen media requests this year, spoke on several different topics, including his admiration for Belichick and the Patriots. He had the most prolific season of his career in 2007 in terms of receiving yards (1,493) and touchdowns (23). He's said several times, including today, that he thought he knew everything upon arriving in New England, but that Belichick taught him much more.
Moss also spoke about Colin Kaepernick, saying he was impressed with the way the second-year player led the 49ers' offense when Alex Smith went down with a concussion on Nov. 11. "I think most second string quarterbacks are just waiting in the shadows and waiting to get their shot," he said. "But I think Kap's been able to lead us as a whole unit. And any time a guy can come in and lead like that -- and I don't mean verbally, I think leading by example - is what we as football players look for in a player, especially at quarterback. So I really just compliment his leadership and going out there and leading the offense up and down the field."
The veteran wideout was asked about the pass Kaepernick unleashed on Nov. 19 that dislocated one of Moss' fingers. That hasn't happened to him before, Moss said, and it speaks to Kaepernick's arm strength.
"I kind of take pride in taking care of my body and finessing the balls as they come to me," Moss said. "But Kap throws hard, he's very strong, he works out every day. And I didn't really say anything to him besides, keep doing what he's doing.
"My finger will heal up," he continued. "It hurt, it hurt, it really did. Tried not to show any tears. I don't know if they caught me crying or not, but it did hurt. But like I said, it's not the time of year to be crying because it's late in the season, and like I said, everybody's hurting, everybody's ailing, everybody's feeling a little bit of pain. Some go home, some keep moving. And we want to be the team that keeps moving."
- Matt Barrows