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Loafing Moss cut

Posted on: November 1, 2010 4:08 pm
Edited on: November 1, 2010 4:10 pm

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.





Category: NFL
Tags: Randy Moss

Since: Mar 28, 2007
Posted on: November 2, 2010 12:37 pm

Loafing Moss cut

Both the owner AND players in locker room dont agree with the decison. What the hell is up with Childress. 100% gauranteed he is gone as coach next year if not sooner. Sounds to me like an egomaniac who is hanging himself.

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: November 2, 2010 10:14 am

Loafing Moss cut

While I agree with the article & most of the posters here, as a Patriot fan I'd love to see him come back. Maybe he'd come back for less $$$ & just be used as a threat in certain situations. I know the rest of the league has first dibs on him, but what other team really wants Moss to be forced to play for them?

Since: Mar 17, 2007
Posted on: November 2, 2010 7:40 am

Loafing Moss cut

I agree that he failed for good reason. I'd also say that if Childress comes in for criticism, it's for the play he called rather than for the choice he made to go for it. The field goal was the safe play, and it's the defensible play, and it's to Childress's credit that he didn't go safe. But going for it on 4th was the smart play, even if it didn't work out.

Since: Sep 3, 2006
Posted on: November 2, 2010 6:42 am

Loafing Moss cut

I agree! the Hall of Fame is no place for the likes of Barry Sanders, Eric Dickerson, O.J. Simpson, Jim Brown, LaDainian Tomlinson, Cris Carter, Terrell Owens, Tony Gonzalez, Kellen Winslow, Steve Largent and im sure i could on and on.

The Hall of Fame should be filled with all time greats like Trent Dilfer, Tony Siragusa, Timmy Smith, Dwight Smith and countless others...


Nothing proves ignorance like your statement, Take a look at defensive players or offensive linemen, Anthony Munoz is well regarded as one of if not the best offensive linemen of all time, He belongs in the HOF without a doubt...

how about other sports? should Ken Griffey Jr, Ty Cobb, Ted Williams, and others not be in baseballs hall of fame because they never won a world series? The Hall of Fame is an individual accomplishment and not a team award, thats what the super bowl trophy is for

Since: Sep 3, 2006
Posted on: November 2, 2010 6:17 am

Loafing Moss cut

If you agree Jackson isnt the answer at QB then keep in mind Childress would not have been brought back this season if not for Favre last year, He was a poor choice as a coach in the first place with his entire resume being the offensive coordinator for a team whose coach calls all the offensive plays. The fact that there have never been similarities to minnesotas and phillys offense when he was there confirms it

Since: Nov 9, 2008
Posted on: November 2, 2010 4:27 am

Loafing Moss cut

Getting rid of players like Moss when they have outlived their usefulness is why the Patriots (who I am not a fan of but admire for their success) have contiuned to be competitive year after year for the past decade. With the exception of Richard Seymour, they jettison players who are past their primes or can't fit into the team structure. The Patriots knew that Moss was a volatile commodity and if they were peddling him around to other teams, the other teams should at least have given some thought as to why they were trying to get rid of him that bad. Caveat Emptor with regards to Randy Moss !

Since: Nov 16, 2007
Posted on: November 2, 2010 3:52 am

Loafing Moss cut

My apologies to you about the Bills comment, I see you are a New England fan.  But if the Pats keep playing small ball and keep themselves grounded and healthy that have a great shot at making it and winning the Super bowl.

Since: Nov 16, 2007
Posted on: November 2, 2010 3:47 am

Loafing Moss cut

Baahaha...  What does anyhting you said have anything to do with Randy Moss?  Randy did loaf around and watch many a ball sail past his hands.  Not that he isnt a tremendous athlete, he has just got complacent.  To say he doens't belong in the Hall of Fame, well that is not for you and to judge, butI think he does deserve it.  Along with Dan Marino, they both belong in the Hall.

So good luck with your fantasy world.  Hope your Bills win a game this year or whatever losing team you are rooting for.

News Flash: Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and Holiday Season!!!

Go PATS !!!

Since: Jan 29, 2008
Posted on: November 2, 2010 2:14 am

Loafing Moss cut

That truely is an ignorant comment.  That smells of Felgerism. Miami won 2 Super Bowls without Dan Marino. There was 17 Super Bowl winning teams in Dan Marino's career.  Not one player named Dan Marino was given a winner's ring.  In the 13 seasons Curtis Martin, not one ring given to him.  and on and on....

Nothing proves a loser more than having no Super Bowl Rings.   I know!! There should be a rule in place, no Hall of Fame for anyone who can't be on a winning team.   

News flash!! The Patriots arent winning it in 2010-11 either!

Since: Dec 19, 2008
Posted on: November 2, 2010 12:43 am

Loafing Moss cut

Do you seriously think it was Childress tha brought Moss in? For what, to add to the circus-like atmosphere he has to try to coach in? Its well-documented that he has been saddled with Saint Brett against his will. Its also well-documented that His Holiness wanted his homeboy Moss with him. This was yet another attempt by ownership to justify taking a team with a great defense and an offense (Peterson, Harvin, RIce) on the rise and making it a laughingstock by adding Favre and trying to make it work no matter what. T Jackson isn't the answer but I think by now everyone agrees that neither is Brett.

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