The New England Patriots' 38-24 win over Chad Ochocinco, Terrell Owens and the Cincinnati Bengals at home in the regular season opener was rather impressive. Wide receiver Wes Welker, who came back quicker than expected from a knee injury eight months back, caught eight Tom Brady passes for 64 yards and two touchdowns, including the first one of the year on the first Patriots drive of 2010. Brady was brilliant in leading the offense, throwing three touchdowns, 258 yards passing, and completing 25 of 35 passes.
While everyone else on the Patriots was celebrating the win, Welker's star wideout partner Randy Moss, who caught five passes for 59 yards, put a damper on the win by whining for about 15 minutes about unnamed people not wanting him to succeed (what?) and being "hurt" by not being "appreciated" enough by the Patriots - most notably by head coach Bill Belichick. He told everyone in the media room that doesn't mean he is unhappy to be a Patriot and will definitely play out the last year of his contract in New England. After that, he could go elsewhere.
This moment stemmed from an earlier comment he made to the media about being "unwanted" by the organization because of the lack of communication and contract extension offers from the Pats in the offseason.
It is kind of strange that Belichick practically ignored Moss this offseason, but then consider that the boss had some other more urgent priorities, like locking up his franchise quarterback Tom Brady for the near future, which he did finally do a few days ago, re-signing Vince Wilfork, kicker Stephen Gostkowski, and others in the offseason. Then there is the ongoing saga with guard Logan Mankins that started this offseason, a key player who won't play and won't sign a contract with the Pats over his own unhappiness with how the organization has treated him.