When Randy Moss became a Patriot, he seemed to be a different person than the troublemaker he was reputed to be. He was a team player, he didn’t do a lot of talking off the field and, of course, he helped the Patriots make that record-setting 18-1 run. And it seemed that shortly after the magic of the almost-undefeated season wore off, so did Moss’ new personality.
In his first three seasons with the Patriots, Moss started in 48 games and registered 3,765 yards with 47 touchdowns. At the beginning of 2010, though, the party was over.
Moss—who made no secret of the fact that he was unhappy the Patriots hadn’t yet extended his contract—embarked on an out-of-nowhere postgame rant to the media after beating the Bengals 38-24.
Instead of reveling in a big win, Moss stood at the podium and rambled, sometimes nonsensically, for about 16 minutes about feeling unwanted.
And to the surprise of no one, Moss was shipped to Minnesota a couple of weeks later for a second stint with the team that drafted him.
It did not go well. Moss lasted only four games with the Vikings before he was cut, and Brad Childress publicly said that bringing Moss aboard in the first place was “a poor decision," according to NBCNewYork.com.
Everyone knows that when you’re a Patriot, the worst thing you can do is complain about your contract situation, especially in the immediate aftermath of a big win.
Maybe if Moss had kept to himself, he and Tom Brady could have had a longer and more fruitful relationship and his entire career wouldn't have gone way downhill at the drop of a hat.