NASHVILLE, TENN. (AP) - Randy Moss says he’s sorry things didn’t work out with in Minnesota and that he isn’t upset with the Vikings or coach Brad Childress for waiving him. The well-traveled receiver insists he isn’t in town _ his third NFL city this season _ to start trouble.
Moss spoke Wednesday for the first time since Minnesota waived him Nov. 1. Wednesday was also Moss‘ second practice with the Titans, the only NFL team to put in a claim for the player with 153 career touchdown catches.
“I made Minnesota my home. I loved being there, and it just didn’t work out,” Moss said. “Just I had my own beliefs in what I believe, and coach had his. Am I bitter or mad that he let me go or the organization? No. You never know what the future holds. Right now I’m a Tennessee Titan. I’m here to do whatever coach (Jeff) Fisher wants me to do.”
Moss began his media session with a statement, but did take four questions _ the entire exchange lasted 3 minutes, 4 seconds. Two questions concerned what effort the Titans can expect from him play to play. Moss asked the reporter what he expected from him, and the reporter said he didn’t know what to expect.
“I don’t know what to expect neither,” Moss said.
It was a change for Moss, who blew off the media in Minnesota several times and drew a $25,000 fine from the NFL. He last spoke publicly Oct. 31 after his last game with the Vikings, a 28-18 loss to New England. He refused to take questions, instead going on a bizarre rant gushing about the Patriots and coach Bill Belichick and criticizing Vikings coaching.
Moss began his statement Wednesday telling his family that everything was going well with him _ though his family was not in attendance.
“I’ve been through a lot in the last couple of weeks,” Moss said. “Like I said, I’ve got these broad shoulders. I can carry a lot of weight. I feel good about the acquisition of coach Fisher getting me here. The process of getting here has been kind of crazy.”
That it has, and it’s why Moss can become the first player in NFL history to catch a touchdown pass with three different teams in a single season with his first TD reception for Tennessee. The 13-year veteran started the season with New England before the Patriots traded him to Minnesota on Oct. 6 only to be waived less than a month later.
“I said it before, I didn’t want to go to Minnesota and mess anything up,” Moss said. “I guess everybody blamed me for it. I’m going to say it again. I’m not coming here to start no trouble. I’m just coming here to work every day and hopefully win.”
Moss, who arrived in town Sunday, is in a much different situation in Tennessee. The Titans (5-3) are tied atop the AFC South, and Fisher is giving Moss a fresh start in Tennessee. That pass play in New England where Moss has been accused of not running while drawing a pass interference call? Fisher said receivers sometimes lose the flight of the ball.
“He’s automatically guilty because it’s a lack of effort,” Fisher said of Moss. “He’s going to work out. He’s working hard out there. I expect him to play hard in the ballgame.”
One reason Moss might be enjoying himself is the Titans also like to have a little bit of fun while they work.