Belichick backs Moss, but vague on details

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At a Thursday news conference that lasted less than seven minutes, New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick sounded at times defiant, annoyed and businesslike while leaving most questions about the Randy Moss trade unanswered.

Belichick insisted the deal was not made because of disciplinary or contract issues, but he declined to elaborate on why the organization traded a first-ballot Hall of Famer and a seventh-round draft choice to the Minnesota Vikings for a third-round draft pick.

Belichick heaped praise on Moss. "A total fabrication" is what Belichick called reports of Moss' refusal to speak with him on the team's return flight after beating the Miami Dolphins on Monday night.

"There was never any incident or discipline problem with Randy," Belichick said.

"There never has been one with me in four years, and it certainly wasn't about contract and money. I think Randy showed the first year he was here what that was all about, he re-did his contract and made the whole deal work. I think you can eliminate those two things."

From there, however, the explanations were vague.

Belichick was not asked specifically about reports of a verbal altercation between Moss and quarterbacks coach Bill O'Brien.

Belichick insisted quarterback Tom Brady was not consulted about the move and was dismissive of the notion a player would have any say on a personnel decision such as this.

There was a moment where Belichick reminded everyone he knows what he's doing.

"In the end, that was the decision," Belichick said. "I have confidence in our players, that if they continue to work hard and improve that we'll be competitive and be able to win games. That's what we're here to do: win games.

"We've won more games than any other team in the last decade. Hopefully we'll continue to win them going forward. That’s what we’re here for."