NEW YORK – Randy Moss watched the AFC Championship. He didn’t like what he saw.
“It’s hurtful (to watch) because (Tom Brady) needs some people,” Moss said Monday while zipping through the Media Center at the Sheraton Times Square. “Over the years (the Patriots) always made it about Tom – rightfully so because he is the great Tom Brady – but it’s 11 men. It’s a team sport. And what they’ve done with not having guys around him, man it hurts seeing Tom out there struggling, it really does.”
Moss and Brady had good times down here. The throw against the Giants that broke both the single-season touchdown pass and touchdown reception record and clinched a 16-0 regular season in 2007 was one of those.
They had not-so-good times down here. The second game of the 2010 season against the Jets when Brady targeted Moss 10 times and completed only two in a game that sealed Moss’ New England fate.
In October it will be four years since Moss was traded away. He still likes to peek through the crack at the Patriots, though.
“Football is done,” he began. “I won’t say never, but as of right now, football is done. But I think the right opportunity may get me off the couch.”
But Moss said he’s not referring to himself as the antidote to Brady’s lack of scary targets.
“I’m not talking about me but they do need to bring some guys in there, some younger guys maybe picking them up to be able to help Tom out,” Moss offered. “I think it’s important to get Tom some help because he wants to be on this stage, he don’t care about no regular season.”
Moss was sure to couch his seeming critique of the Patriots’ personnel decisions with some praise.
“They have done a tremendous job with what they had to overcome this year,” he said. “The players that they had to play without, all the injuries. I’ll always be a Patriots fan. I’m a big Bill and a big Tommy fan.”