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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 28, 2006
Posted on: November 2, 2010 12:55 am
 

Moss release wake-up call for slumbering Vikes

1st Moss and this offseason clean out the dead wood. Favre, Pat Williams, Tavaris Jackson, Winfield, and do something with that o-line before they get a QB killed. The draft is coming and they'll get a decent pick. Draft someone that can actually throw a decent ball (a Luck not a Tebow err Newton), get a young corner and o-lineman to keep your new QB upright. Someone that has some youth and speed beside K.Williams would'nt hurt either. Still have a really good offense for a rookie QB to work with and a racehorse back. You'll be fine and better than this year.



Since: Jan 19, 2009
Posted on: November 1, 2010 10:59 pm
 

Moss release wake-up call for slumbering Vikes

No probably Matt Millen.



Since: Mar 17, 2008
Posted on: November 1, 2010 10:40 pm
 

Moss release wake-up call for slumbering Vikes

Well said, brad childress must go and soon!!!!!!!!!!!




Since: Apr 12, 2008
Posted on: November 1, 2010 10:31 pm
 

Moss release wake-up call for slumbering Vikes

Come on Favre haters, did you watch the game.  Favre was near perfect, the 1 lone int was a ball that hit Harvin in the numbers and got stripped out.  March down the field, then Chilly's offensive genious goes to work.  Run behind you rookie, avoid the left side (you know All-Pro Hutch). 

I don't even mind the Moss move, he clearly didn't even want to play.  On the pass interfearence play, the ball landed nearly at his feet and didn't even motion towards it.  Last week at GB he didn't even jump on a ball to the endzone on the final play.  In the last 2 weeks he did not run a single route at full speed.

Reality check, FIRE CHILDRESS TOMORROW!  Then promote Leslie Frasior.



Since: Nov 2, 2006
Posted on: November 1, 2010 10:20 pm
 

Moss release wake-up call for slumbering Vikes

Most likely the season is done for the Vikes. They dont have a WR they can count on - Harvin can make plays when needed but they need another WR to stretch the field.



Since: Sep 10, 2009
Posted on: November 1, 2010 9:03 pm
 

Moss release wake-up call for slumbering Vikes

They may be stuck with the Drama Queen for the rest of the season, but they certainly don't have to start him every week. I'm a Steeler fan but I use tolike the Vikings as well until they dropped their drawers and bent over tgo get Farve. I was hoping that N.E. would knock his ass out for the rest of the season, but I quess this will be another week of drama as to whether Farve will start the next game or not. In any case, they will regret cutting Moss, if for no other reason by not playing him that will probably cut down on Harvin's production, and last but not least they need to dump Childress.




Since: Mar 29, 2008
Posted on: November 1, 2010 8:49 pm
 

Moss release wake-up call for slumbering Vikes

Oh, come on.  The wrong guy got fired?  Moss is a cancer and they passed on chemo and just cut out the tumor.



Since: Oct 19, 2006
Posted on: November 1, 2010 8:23 pm
 

Moss release wake-up call for slumbering Vikes

The Cleveland Browns need receivers!  Nooooooooooooooo



Since: Sep 13, 2006
Posted on: November 1, 2010 8:16 pm
 

Moss release wake-up call for slumbering Vikes

Is Brad Childress related to Mike Martz? What a CLOWN!!!



Since: Nov 25, 2007
Posted on: November 1, 2010 8:09 pm
 

Moss release wake-up call for slumbering Vikes

"For once, management seems to have acted without consulting the quarterback, and hallelujah."(story)   ----Yes, they probably did consult with Favre, and he said that, this time, he'd be happy to take one on the chin for the team...   Wow, this is turning out to be even funnier than I'd predicted it would.  I'm wondering what else happened, after the news conference episode, to precipitate all of this?  There's likely more to this that we have not heard about.  The truth of the matter is that Brad Childress is a total idiot for not seeing this, before trading for Moss.  It seems like the rest of the country did.  He is an idiot for bringing Favre back too, and now he is stuck with him for the rest of the year, like it or not. 


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