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Moss helps coaches prepare for Patriots

Posted by: under Vikings, Vikings coaches, Brad Childress, Vikings players, Brad Childress Updated: October 27, 2010 - 6:05 PM

Randy Moss had no desire to talk about his return to New England when approached by reporters at his locker on Wednesday.

"I’ve got no questions or answers for you,” Moss said, declining to answer a follow-up question.

Moss has declined numerous interview requests the past two weeks and it seems unlikely that he will talk before Sunday's game.

Vikings coach Brad Childress said Moss talked with the entire coaching staff on Tuesday and provided useful information about the Patriots schemes and tendencies.

"He’s very articulate," Childress said. "He spent time with our coaches and did a great job with both our offense and defensive coaches."

It's not unusual for coaches to seek input from players who are facing their former teams. Childress said Moss was particularly helpful in that regard.

"He did a good job," he said. "You never know what you’re going to get and how they have to play him. He at least had some insightfulness on both sides."

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was asked how much Moss can help the Vikings coaches as far as recognizing plays or signals.

"He can probably tell them the plays," he said. "He knows the signals and stuff, but that’s why you have to change them. Hopefully he tells them one thing, then you fake it and they’re guessing and maybe they guess wrong. Who knows?"

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