Patriots coach Bill Belichick and QB Tom Brady defended Randy Moss on Monday, one day after Panthers CBs Chris Gamble and Richard Marshall were critical of the receiver’s effort in New England’s 20-10 win Sunday.
In his Monday news conference, Belichick was very direct, saying, “I think Randy is a great player. Most teams we play think the same thing.
“I guess these two guys from Carolina didn’t think so after they lost again.”
In an interview on Boston radio station WEEI on Monday, Brady also attempted to deflect criticism from Moss.
“When guys play Randy, they want to show everyone what they can do. I guess they came out of the game pretty confident,” Brady said. “Randy is one of the best players in the history of the NFL. When it doesn’t go perfect out there, everyone wants to jump on Randy. It’s all of us, and we all have to do a better job.”
Following Sunday’s game at Gillette Stadium, Gamble told The Boston Globe that the Panthers knew Moss would “shut it down.”
“He’d just give up a lot; slow down; he’s not going deep; not trying to run a route. You can tell (by) his body language,” the newspaper quoted Gamble as saying. “I know everyone who plays against him, they can sense that. Once you get into him in the beginning of the game, he shuts it down a little bit.”
Marshall said he saw the effort from Moss, but the Panthers were able to take him out of the game.
“Moss was running and trying to get open, but we had great coverage on him,” Marshall said.
Moss’ only catch Sunday was a 16-yard, second-quarter reception that he fumbled. Moss didn’t speak to reporters following the game.
“He was frustrated in himself and the situation, and it’s something you’ve got to fight through,” Brady said. “He keeps fighting through it. You have those days where it’s not all great, but you keep lining up and you’ve got to keep fighting.”