Report: Moss Had Confrontation with Coach

By Joe Kukura
|  Wednesday, Oct 6, 2010  |  Updated 3:18 PM EDT
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Report: Moss Had Confrontation with Coach

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Randy Moss # 81 of the New England Patriots chats with teammates on the sidelines during the preseason game against the New Orleans Saints at Gillette Stadium on Aug. 12, 2010 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.

NFL fans in the 13 original colonies and beyond are still scratching their heads trying to figure out why the New England Patriots traded Randy Moss to the Vikings for just a third-round pick.

After all, Moss is still the Patriots' top receiver, and the Patriots play the Vikings in just over three weeks.

Mike Reiss at ESPN Boston did some digging and may have gotten to the heart of the matter. Reiss reports that Moss had an "outburst" arguing with an assistant coach during the Patriots 41-14 win over Miami Monday night.

Reportedly, Moss went all Christian Bale on Patriots quarterbacks coach Bill O'Brien because -- surprise! -- Moss felt too few passes were being thrown his direction.

O'Brien calls the plays for the Patriots' offense.

Reiss notes that players said there had been repeated friction between Moss and O'Brien in the past. O'Brien and Belichicik may have decided they were no longer playing by the Randy Rules.

"While I will keep private the details of internal conversations with players and staff, Belichick said in a statement, "suffice it to say that many things were taken into consideration before making the trade."

Joe Kukura is a freelance writer who thinks this trade is even more lopsided for the Vikings now that ESPN Boston reports that the Patriots also threw in their seventh-round pick in 2012 into the trade for Moss.

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