I started to understand Bill Belichick’s motivational methods the day no Patriots receivers would talk to me after a blowout victory in Buffalo.
You probably remember the game. It was one of the most shocking of the 2007 season. Randy Moss caught four touchdowns in the first half of a 56-10 victory that ran New England’s record to 10-0. The game put the 1972 Dolphins on speed dial. The juggernaut could not be stopped.
The obvious postgame questions centered around Moss, who caught 10 passes for 128 yards and barely played in the second half. I asked the loquacious Donte’ Stallworth for comment. He looked at me like I had just demanded his playbook.
“Yo, Chad Jackson! Tomase wants us to talk about Randy Moss!” Stallworth yelled across the locker room.
“No way,” his fellow receiver growled. “I’m not talking to you.”
Bewildered, I insisted they couldn’t be serious. They were. There would be no questions about Randy Moss. When the star receiver eventually reached his locker, I threw up my hands. “Help me out,” I asked. “What did I do?”
“You got my boys in so much trouble,” he replied with his unmistakable West Virginia twang.
My offense? Two days earlier, I had written a long feature in the Boston Herald about Moss’s out-of-this-world season. Through nine weeks, he had recorded 56 catches, nearly 1,000 yards,
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