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Report: Wilf nearly fired Childress, kept Moss

Posted on: November 5, 2010 5:30 pm
Edited on: November 5, 2010 5:43 pm
Posted by Will Brinson

After a two-day vacation to recover from the nightmare that was Randy Moss moving through waivers, what's more exciting than a Friday afternoon report that Zygi Wilf, who's been in Minnesota just hanging out for a few days, was so upset at Brad Childress for circumventing his authority and dumping Moss that the Vikings owner nearly fired his coach and kept his star wideout?

The answer to that rhetorical question is "nothing," so let's break down the noise ESPN's Ed Werder is making -- according to a team source, Wilf was so "irate" that he nearly canned Chilly and retained Moss. This, presumably, is why Moss wasn't actually released on Monday.

Additionally, Werder reports that a Vikings player informed him of individual meetings Wilf held with the players in order to determine "how much support remained for Childress among veteran players."

This is obviously a bombshell, but it's not entirely mind-blowing considering just how things went down with Moss' release.

Childress recently got an extension that doesn't have a buyout clause, so Wilf would probably prefer to avoid throwing a ton of money down the drain by firing him.

That being said, anyone who thinks Chilly's pants aren't a little warm right now is just flat-out delusional.

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Since: Mar 1, 2007
Posted on: November 5, 2010 7:25 pm

Report: Wilf nearly fired Childress, kept Moss

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sp;     I don't think letting Moss go was a good idea. The passing game will get worse again without the defenders doubling up on Moss, freeing up Harvin. Harvin had 287 yards in 4 games with Moss, and 106 in 3 games without him (62 coming from the Detroit game). Farve had 5 td and 5 picks with Moss, 2 td's and 6 picks without. Had 3 games with rating over 80 (1 over 100) with Moss, 0 without him. Farve's longest pass of the year was only 37 yards, and yes, it was to Moss.

   It may not seem like a huge difference, but % wise, Moss adds a whole lot to your offense. The Vikes scored 9 pts, then 10 pts, then 24 (against Detroit) before Moss. They scored 20, 24, 24, 18 with Moss. 21.5 pts average with, and 14 pts without. I think the team likes him, the fans love him, but Childress hated him.

  The only hope you guys had at turning this around went to Tennessee. Watch Randy light it up down south. If the Vikes QB could actually move, Moss would have been an even bigger improvement to the team. I think Jackson at 100% would have been better than Farve at 30%. The Vikes made a huge mistake. They never should have released Moss.

Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: November 5, 2010 7:20 pm

Report: Wilf nearly fired Childress, kept Moss

Yes, the Vikings have struggled to win games. But they were in each and could have easily won the Saints, Dolphins, Jets and Packers game. None of those teams did anything to convince me they were superior. Just maybe a better coach?

Besides Adrian Peterson, there are quite a few good linemen. Phil Loadholt will be good. Bryant McKinnie is actually playing better, Steve Hutchinson is very good. Kevin Williams has struggles but has a few year left in the tank. Jared Allen should return to form. Ray Edwards, too. They are not that old. Sidney Rice and Visanthe Shiancoe are both young and good, Percy Harvin even better minus the headaches. Throw in a very good Cedric Griffin (hurt a lot), decent linebackers in Chad Greenway and E.J. Henderson, and a few up and comers in on the defense and I disagree.

I have lost faith in Brad Childress. I was a supporter until recently. It is obvious Moss did not think much of his coaching skills. Many do not. I think we can still win despite him. The remaining NFC North teams are not all that. The Lions are a few years away, the Bears falling maybe even faster, and the Packers a shell of their former offensive self and too much injuries on the defense to survive in the playoffs .. if they get there.

Since: Nov 9, 2008
Posted on: November 5, 2010 7:09 pm

Report: Wilf nearly fired Childress, kept Moss

Agreed. The Vikings need to be blown up except for Adrian Peterson and started over. Moss, Childress and Farve all need to go. The Lions may have sucked badly the past several years but they and the Vikings are passing each other, the Lions , young and hungry on the way up, and the Vikings, old and decrepit, going down.<br />

Since: Oct 31, 2008
Posted on: November 5, 2010 7:08 pm
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Since: Jun 3, 2008
Posted on: November 5, 2010 6:44 pm

Report: Wilf nearly fired Childress, kept Moss

the vikings jumped the gun by trading for moss to begin with.
honestly, moss, childress, and favre probably need to get the axe.
the vikings are a mess, and last years nfc championship game was probably the peak of this groups potential. 

Since: Sep 29, 2010
Posted on: November 5, 2010 6:43 pm

Report: Wilf nearly fired Childress, kept Moss

Wilf chose to end the season now instead of going to the playoffs.  He just cheated the city, the fans, the ticketseason holders of a chance for a great 2nd half of the season.  Hope he is proud of himself. Way to stand on morals.  which is a fraud because if Vikings would have beaten the Pats'  and Moss caught 4 balls for 130 yards this neve would have happened.  How is Percy's migraines Wilf? You screwed your team over.  Have fun watching the Titans win a couple of playoff games.

Since: May 6, 2009
Posted on: November 5, 2010 6:43 pm

Report: Wilf nearly fired Childress, kept Moss

That woulda been something.

Since: Jun 14, 2007
Posted on: November 5, 2010 6:31 pm

Report: Wilf nearly fired Childress, kept Moss

You must have failed high school English.

Since: Jan 13, 2010
Posted on: November 5, 2010 6:30 pm

Report: Wilf nearly fired Childress, kept Moss

Epic fail not following through with this idea.

Since: Dec 24, 2007
Posted on: November 5, 2010 6:29 pm

Report: Wilf nearly fired Childress, kept Moss

I support Childress in releasing Moss, but Wilf is just postponing the inevitable. The Vikings stink, the players detest Childress and Favre is overstaying his welcome. What a colossal mess this team is. They should be in the thick of the division lead, had a great chance to get to the Super Bowl. Instead, it's become a sideshow. Whatta collection of clowns. 

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