When it comes to Randy Moss, coaches can tolerate his questioning their authority.
They can handle his crying for the football, and his lack of respect for the media.
They can't handle laziness.
If you're searching for a reason why the Minnesota Vikings took drastic measures by releasing Moss Monday just weeks after trading a third-round pick to the New England Patriots, to get him, you might want to look at a play from the second quarter of the Vikings' 28-18 loss to the Patriots Sunday.
I saw him loaf with my own eyes. At the time, I didn't think it was too big a deal at the time -- after all we've come to expect that -- but it's a pattern with him at almost every stop, one that makes him not worth the aggravation.
This particular loaf came in the second quarter. With the Vikings facing a second-and-11 at the New England 13, Brett Favre threw a pass to the right side to Greg Lewis. It was clear that the play wasn't going to Moss, lined up on the left side, so he jogged his pattern. There was no effort. There was no threat. He loafed.
Later, when he was interfered with on a deep ball, he had a chance to catch the pass after the contact. He didn't even try. That's the stuff that had to get him sent packing. He also had just one catch for 8 yards, although he was doubled much of the day.
Forget the crap after the game where he answered his own questions and dissed the media and the league and his own coach. The team cares nothing about that.
The questioning of coach Brad Childress was the reason either. If that were a reason to release a player, the Vikings would have a tough time suiting up 22 good ones. And Brett Favre might be at the top of that list.
By the way, Moss was right about Childress not kicking a field goal at the end of the half. The Vikings should have gone to the half up 10-7, but instead were tied when Childress decided to go for a fourth-and-goal from the 1 that got stuffed.
Moss questioned that during his weird post-game press conference in which he took no questions, but instead answered his own. Earlier in the locker room, he backed off the crowd of media members around his locker room by barking something, which led to his teammates to howl as if we were wolves.
Now Moss will be begging for attention. But look at the bright side, Randy. You have time to answer all those questions you ask yourself.
Here's one: How can a player be so talented, yet so stupid?
If he actually smiled, Bill Belichick would have a grin from ear to ear on this one. He was right. The Patriots don't need Moss. I was wrong about that, although his absence has shown up in terms of stretching the field for the Patriots.
It's not that Belichick didn't love that talent, but it's just not worth all the loafing.
Brad Childress and the Vikings might have found that out the hard way. It's too bad they got robbed in the process.