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Moss Struggles Against Panthers

By Michael Bearak     Dec 13, 2009 in Sports
Randy Moss found himself being booed by the New England fans today as he turned in his worst performance in his three years with the Patriots
Randy Moss had only one reception for 16 yards against the Carolina Panthers today. What was worse was that he also had a fumble, a dropped pass and a false start. That brought out a shower of boos and questions about his heart and commitment after the game.
Earlier this week Moss was one of four New England Patriots to be send home from practice on Wednesday for being late to early morning meeting. The reason for their tardiness was ice and snowy roads.
According to Kevin Faulk, Moss' closest friend on the team, Randy took the dismissal very personally and very hard. Faulk told ESPNBoston.com, "He [Moss] was really hurt about the situation, getting sent home, but at the same time he knew that's what Bill's wishes were and he had to respect Bill, and that's what he did,"
The Carolina players were extremely vocal about the play of Moss or the lack of it. Corner back, Chris Gamble told the Boston Globe that they knew they could rattle Moss if they got to him early, knocking him off of his game plan and that he would, "shut down."
Faulk disagreed saying, "He loves football too much; this is what he loves to do and nobody understands that."
Moss did not address the media after the game letting his play on the field do the talking for him. Tom Brady had to come over an try to pep-talk the receiver, only to receive a stare off into the distance.
Carolina safety Chris Harris this to say to ESPNBoston.com, "The key for playing Moss is that you have to be physical with him." Harris continued, "Our goal was to get our hands on him every single time we could and not just let him run up on our safeties. I think we did a great job of that. If you can get to him early, it shows. He gets frustrated and might not complete 'go' routes sometimes and things of that nature."
Both Faulk and Brady defended Moss after the game. Brady noted that Moss had over 100 yards receiving in five of the first nine games of this season and after that he had been held well short of that. For the season Moss has 1,058 yards receiving on 68 receptions and he has found the end-zone 9 times. Faulk told ESPNBoston.com "Randy, as a person, is doing what he has to do to help this team win."
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