It should not come as a surprise that Randy Moss was not thrilled that the Patriots threw in his direction just once in Monday night's 41-14 win over the Dolphins. But even though Moss hadn't been shy about his feelings towards how the team has treated him this season, there was speculation that something had happened to push him and the Patriots over the edge and set off Wednesday's trade with Minnesota.
Well, that something reportedly was a heated exchange that took place between Moss and the Patriots' quarterbacks coach, Bill O'Brien, at the half -- shortly after Moss was unable to hold onto Tom Brady's potential TD pass in the left corner of the end zone. According to Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston, there was an "outburst" witnessed by numerous players, during which Moss and O'Brien went back and forth. Moss obviously had issues with not being targeted enough and O'Brien reportedly called Moss out on the incompletion.
Less than 48 hours later, Moss was a Minnesota Viking for the second time in his career.
Former Patriots players like Tedy Bruschi and Troy Brown have weighed in on the move and intimated that perhaps Moss had finally been showing his true colors after behaving admirably since coming over to New England from the Oakland Raiders prior to the 2007 season. Bruschi felt that the lack of veterans like himself, Brown and Rodney Harrison might have played into that negative change in attitude.
Regardless, Bill Belichick is all about maintaining order on his team, especially inside the locker room, so whatever happened at Sun Life Stadium on Monday night clearly helped speed up the decision to trade Moss.
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