Moss sours on Raiders' principals in radio interview
Posted: Sunday September 10, 2006 2:29AM; Updated: Sunday September 10, 2006
ATLANTA (SI.com) -- Oakland Raiders receiver Randy Moss may be in the middle
of his vow of silence with the local media. But outside of the Bay Area, the
enigmatic playmaker has been pure gold on the radio airwaves.
In June, while promoting his new Inta Juice franchise in West Virginia, Moss
told an Atlanta sports station that he wanted to be traded to the Falcons
prior to the 2005 season (instead of Oakland). But, he claims Falcons execs
told him he was not a character fit for the franchise.
Now, in a Friday interview with Fox Sports Radio, Moss had some vaguely
inflammatory comments about the state of the Raiders, under new head coach Art
Shell and new starting quarterback Aaron Brooks.
Here are some excerpts from the interview:
On Raider life under Shell's regime:
"It's crazy around here, man,'' Moss said. "It's something that we're trying
to hold on to, man, and, hopefully, Coach Art [Shell] can move us in the right
direction, man. So I'm just trying to stay away from all of that stuff this
year -- like I did last year -- and, hopefully, we can win some games.''
On his relationship with Brooks:
"I'm just not thrilled with the way things are going on around here. I'm
thrilled, I'm glad, to have Aaron Brooks as my quarterback. It's fishy around
here, man, so, actually, we're walking on eggshells around here, man.''
On the recent trade of receiver Doug Gabriel to the Patriots:
"I'm really kind of disappointed that they let Doug Gabriel go ...This is not
my team, I'm only playing here,'' Moss said, "so whoever they put out opposite
of me, either I'll play with them or I won't play with them.''
When asked about Moss's comments, Shell said, "One thing about this
organization, everybody has a chance and opportunity to speak their mind.
Every individual, every player. So what's he talking about? I have no idea."
Whether Moss is irrecovably dissatisfied with the Shell-led Raiders cannot be
determined. It appears, though, wide reciever Jerry Porter still resides in
the head coach's doghouse -- after a quasi-public feud. But all this hardly
"There are a lot of people that are unhappy,'' Shell told reporters. "I can't
be concerned with that. I have a whole football team to be concerned about.
We're trying to move forward with our team and win football games. I don't
think I have to talk to (Porter). About what?''