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Moss release wake-up call for slumbering Vikes

Posted on: November 1, 2010 4:11 pm
Edited on: November 1, 2010 7:16 pm
 
This is what happens when you sell your soul to Brett Favre.

That wasn't me talking. That was a GM I spoke to over three weeks ago when I asked him about the Moss trade. Like me, he was convinced that Favre was behind the acquisition of Moss. Well, now Moss is gone, and soon Favre will be, too, and the foundation is crumbling in Minnesota. What looked like a playoff team is a cracked franchise, with the coaching staff held hostage by players who aren't doing squat.

Favre? He's been horrible. Yeah, I thought he took steps toward respectability after Moss arrived, and I thought I saw glimpses of the ol' Favre in the team's Dallas win. Heck, even at the end of the loss to Green Bay he came this close to connecting with Percy Harvin for the winning touchdown. But he's beaten up and seems to have a foot out the door.

Of course, after this season he'll have to follow Moss, who made little or no impact until he stepped in front of microphones. I caught him after his first game with the Vikings, and he was hopeful that he and Favre could make something happen in the second half of the season. But that changed in the intervening weeks, and nothing stood out more to me Sunday than his failure to try for an almost certain touchdown pass after a defender pushed him. The ball was catchable. In fact, it was a touchdown waiting to happen. But Moss watched it bounce away without making a move.

Disgraceful.

But that's what you get with Randy Moss, and when the Vikings acquired him they had to know that he could be a distraction. And he was. But in taking on the head coach and his staff he went too far, and so Brad Childress told players Monday that Moss no longer was with the team. I guess that means the Vikings released him, I don't know. But don't tell me Childress is surprised. He knew what he was getting with Moss, and he got it. So he moved to cut his losses.

When you have others like Harvin and Adrian Peterson breaking their necks to make yardage, then watch Moss quit on plays something had to be done, and it was clear that fines were't the answer. Heck, Moss said he'd incur fines for not talking to the media, so what's another $25000 or $50,000 from the club? He was a rotten example to teammates, and he had to go. If the Vikings are going to make a push for the playoffs, they'll have to get it from guys making more than half-hearted efforts for passes, and the indifferent Moss was an example of how not to play the game.

So the Vikings move on without him, and the message is clear: No one is indispensable. If Moss didn't want to behave, then he had to go. And anyone who doesn't give a flip about the rest of the season can follow. I never thought I'd see the Vikings in such disarray midway through the year, but then I never thought I'd see Favre leaving a game on a cart or Moss getting fired within a month.

But why stop there? The defense has been a major disappointment, too. I mean, how many sacks does Jared Allen have? Geez, the Vikings themselves don't have one the past three games. And the tackling is horrid.

This is a club on its way down, and maybe the departure of Moss sends Minnesota to the bottom of the barrel, I don't know. What I do know is that it's a wake-up call for the rest of the team, including Favre. For once, management seems to have acted without consulting the quarterback, and hallelujah. The Vikings have the material to make the playoffs, but they're running out of time and excuses. 
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Since: Oct 30, 2009
Posted on: November 2, 2010 12:45 pm
 

Moss release wake-up call for slumbering Vikes

Without Moss, the Vikings lose to Dallas.  That one win kept them in the playoff picture (after a brutal first seven weeks of the schedule).  Was that one win worth a third round pick?  Yes, but only if the Vikings can string together a few more wins now that their schedule gets a little easier.



Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: November 2, 2010 11:54 am
 

Moss release wake-up call for slumbering Vikes

Buffalo picks up moss on waiver wire and trades him to NE before deadline for 5th round pick!  NE gets Moss back and exchanges a 5th for a 3rd...  salary no big deal.. if anything they got a break from him for three weeks.. 



Since: Aug 23, 2007
Posted on: November 2, 2010 10:55 am
 

Moss release wake-up call for slumbering Vikes

touche packer fan but you need to finish now that the vikes are out of the way . . . lots to prove.
good luck!



Since: Apr 28, 2007
Posted on: November 2, 2010 10:36 am
 

Moss release wake-up call for slumbering Vikes

Ahhhhh-hahaha ha!  Sincerely, Packers fan.



Since: Aug 23, 2007
Posted on: November 2, 2010 10:05 am
 

Moss release wake-up call for slumbering Vikes

I've been a Vikes fan for 40 years.  This is an old story.  But, Moss is a self centered baby who will win nothing because he thinks he is bigger than thegame or team.  A waste of a lot of talent.  A real shame.  As for the Vikes, the coach is a mess, the players are not being led, and the fans are stupid to keep coming out and support this joke.  I was so happy with Favre last year but he wanted to retire and the STUPID Vikes paid him not to.  His heart is on the sideline.  He needs to sit down.  I am not a fan of Jackson but anyone would be better than the shell of Favre.  He is finished.  Justs another rollercoaster ride in Viking land.



Since: Nov 8, 2006
Posted on: November 2, 2010 9:59 am
 

Moss release wake-up call for slumbering Vikes

I knew when Childress allowed Farve to come into camp so late the Vikings were in trouble! Working with your receivers, and getting your timing, as well as when they are to sit down in the open if the route is covered are things that need to be worked on in camp. Farve started the problem, and Randy Moss finished it. You could see that Farve was not used to Moss, and the speed and the way he ran routes. Farve already had two new receivers in the mix, and he never got on the same page as Berian anyway. The only receiver was Harvin, and he being a second year receiver who still has a lot to learn, and with Farve leaving after this year Harvin will have to get on the same page with a brand new QB. Peyton Manning is good because his receivers, running backs, line and TEs are all in camp, so adding one more WR is not a big deal. Farve was not on the same page with any of his players. Fire Childress, and start over. Why not keep our defensive coach as head coach before he goes on to be head coach some where else??




Since: May 26, 2007
Posted on: November 2, 2010 4:13 am
 

Moss release wake-up call for slumbering Vikes

I agree with your assessment of who to can for the most part, but I can't agree with cutting Tavaris Jackson just yet. He's in his second year playing behind a legit QB, and I'm curious to see if he's learned anything. I mean, look at all Aaron Rogers learned from Brett Favre. Or Matt Cassel learned from Tom Brady. We didn't see him for very long on Sunday, but i think there is some promise there. Also, until that line gets fixed, a mobile QB like Jackson might be the best option to take a beating while a rookie learns the game.



Since: Sep 10, 2006
Posted on: November 2, 2010 3:08 am
 

Moss release wake-up call for slumbering Vikes

Yes, Moss is a bit of a problem child. Yes he had an extreme need to feel wanted. BUT, he is not the root of this problem.

Focus on the 2007 and 2008 seasons on the Patriots. Randy Moss felt wanted, had a good coach in Belichick, a great QB in Tom Brady (in 2007 at least), and he played his butt off. 2008 he played well also, even after Brady's injury, and the play of Matt Cassel.

Now we skip ahead to 2010. Moss is now in the position where he is feeling needy again. He wants a guarentee from his team that he will be asked to come back. When he does not receive that answer, he gets petulant and combative.

He gets traded.

Nopw he is asked to come to a team with an egotistical drama queen as the QB, a head coach that couldn't spell team, let alone run one, and he realizes he has made the biggest mistake in his life. He reverts to character.

Now, who is to blame? Moss for being himself, or the Vikings Coaches inability to find any testosterone and run his team like a coach? Or is it the Dama queen Brett Farve who thinks he is more important then the team?

After multiple seasons in a healthy team environment, Moss is now accustomed as to what a real team should be and act, and going to the Brettkings.. or the Vifarves was a total culture shock. With the unprofessionalistic acts of the Vikings in the manner that they run their team.. all bowing down to the Farve...that has got to be frustrating to any HOF player who came at the bequest of the same player. Anyone else see the dichotomy here?

The real question that has to be answered is if this could have been avoided.

My answer is yes, but it would have had to start about 2 years ago. When the Vikings went after Brett Farve, it was actually a good thing. Tavaris Jackson was not ready to be a starter. But that created a problem - Farve's tremendous ego started running the team, and the ownership down to the coaching staff stood in line to kotow to his every wish, which kept that ego fed and bloated. They did everything he wanted, and raised him on a pedestal so high that if he fell off, it would take weeks to hit ground.

This is having an effect on the whole team, as can be seen by the play of the team as a whole. Multiple players are performing well below their norm this season, and the Farve factor that blew Moss out of town in less then 4 weeks is becoming fairly evident.

The only thing that might save this team now, is to basically castrate Favre in front of the team, and for the coaching staff to get a handle on this mess. This might be the only way to save this team which is on the edge of a cliff, and are ready to fall. Perhaps a full scale change in the coaching staff is an option, but I doubt that doing it right now is the answer - the team is already is total disarray, and throwing out the baby because the bathwater is dirty will not be in the best interest. Is Childress a good coach? I do not think so, but he is the Vikings coach, and for right now, that is all there is.



Since: Mar 1, 2007
Posted on: November 2, 2010 1:59 am
 

Moss release wake-up call for slumbering Vikes

theknux,
      
;      I have Rogers and Moss. I also have Cutler. The Bears also need a #1 WR. Either place is great for my fantasy team.



Since: Dec 7, 2008
Posted on: November 2, 2010 1:34 am
 

Moss release wake-up call for slumbering Vikes

No chance if you understand how the waiver process works probably 3 other teams for sure that would go for him . . . would love to see it though . . . I have A Rogers.


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