By Danny Picard
FOXBORO -- Randy Moss didn't hide his love for the Patriots organization after Sunday's game, in which his Minnesota Vikings lost to New England, 28-18, at Gillette Stadium. But he also announced his plans for the rest of season regarding his media availability.
Moss was fined 25,000 by the NFL last week for failing to talk with the media on several recent occasions. So now, he's not taking any more questions. He may talk to the media. But he won't be taking any questions.
"Look, I gotfined 25,000 for not talking to you all, and me personally, I reallydont care," said Moss, as he opened up Sunday's postgame press conference. "But at the same time, I do answer questions throughout the week.But for the league to fine me 25,000, Im not going to answer any morequestions for the rest of this year.
"If it's going to be an interview, I'm going to conduct it," added Moss."So I'll answer my own questions, ask myself the questions, and then give ya'llthe answers. So from here on out, I'm not answering any more questions for therest of this season.
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NFL Network draft expert Mike Mayock quarterbacked a marathon conference call with reporters from around the country on Monday in order to shed some light on the prospects who will compete at the combine later this week. One thing that stood out? He's not ready to crown anyone in this year's crop of draftable signal-callers.
As a result of the dearth of pro-ready talent at quarterback, Mayock recognized Patriots backup Jimmy Garoppolo as perhaps the top target for any quarterback-needy team. Garoppolo might interest the Cleveland Browns in particular, Mayock noted, because of the number of picks they have near the top of the draft.
"In my opinion," Mayock said, "if I'm the Cleveland Browns and I've got No. 1 and No. 12, if I came away with either [defensive end Myles] Garrett or [defensive tackle] Jonathan Allen at No. 1, and gave up the 12th pick in the draft to get Garoppolo? I would be stoked.
"I would feel like I had a difference-maker on defense and we had a quarterback on offense. Now let's get to work. We got five in the first 65 picks. Let's get to work. From my perspective, especially looking at the quarterbacks this year, if they gave up No. 12 and could get Garoppolo, I'd be all over that."
As the Patriots so often like to do, they promoted from within to fill an open coaching position on Monday.
The team announced that they've named Nick Caley as their tight ends coach, filling the vacancy left behind when Brian Daboll accepted the offensive coordinator position at the University of Alabama last week.
Caley was a coaching assistant with the Patriots for the past two seasons after spending a decade in the college ranks at John Carroll (2005-06), Akron (2006-07), Auburn (2008), Iowa State (2009-11), Eastern Illinois (2012), Arkansas (2013) and Florida Atlantic (2014).
Caley is one of several John Carroll products -- including director of player personnel Nick Caserio, offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and assistant quarterbacks coach Jerry Shuplinski -- working for the Patriots at the moment. He graduated from the Jesuit university situated just outside of Cleveland in 2006.