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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.


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. 
Category: NFL

Since: Jan 13, 2007
Posted on: November 1, 2010 8:02 pm

Moss release wake-up call for slumbering Vikes

Moss is a great talent and can be one of the best if not the best WR in the NFL but only when he wants to....he is a cancer in the locker room,he made no effort to make that catch in the end zone against the Pats....he has always taken plays off and only plays hard when he wants to.It's  a shame he acts this way because he is exciting to watch when he is giving it his all.He needs to take a lesson from Favre,he'll play hurt and do anything to compete and Moss only competes when he's up to it. 

Since: Mar 5, 2007
Posted on: November 1, 2010 7:26 pm

Moss release wake-up call for slumbering Vikes



Since: Jun 24, 2007
Posted on: November 1, 2010 7:19 pm

Moss release wake-up call for slumbering Vikes

I'm Seihbiscuit.....Can Chilly and get Frazier on top.  At least we'll be able to say we retained a defensive coordinator for once  :)  I think Frazier is someone who won't take Favre's crap, and I hope he benches him just to prove a point.  Should be an interesting week in Viking land.

Since: Jul 23, 2007
Posted on: November 1, 2010 7:14 pm

Moss release wake-up call for slumbering Vikes

I was thinking more like Lenin.

Since: Jul 23, 2007
Posted on: November 1, 2010 7:11 pm

Moss release wake-up call for slumbering Vikes

Or straighten out

Since: Feb 22, 2009
Posted on: November 1, 2010 7:10 pm

Moss release wake-up call for slumbering Vikes

The wake up call was ignored many months ago,the snooze button hit every time Favre could not or would not decide when he let this franchise know what direction his ego would dictate. This is becoming a pathetic saga that will not end until someone in this organization decides that Favre doesn't control the team, management does. I REALLY wish Favre and the soap opera that the Vikings have become would just fade away.

Since: Jul 23, 2007
Posted on: November 1, 2010 7:09 pm

Moss release wake-up call for slumbering Vikes

All good points. You and I both know some team or teams will be in line for his services and they will be the one to "striaghten him out". Maybe the Bengals or Raiders again.  

Since: Dec 24, 2007
Posted on: November 1, 2010 6:51 pm

Moss release wake-up call for slumbering Vikes

What the hell did the Vikings think they were going to get? Moss has been this way ever since he broke into the league. Where before he sort of made up for his loafing by making spectacular plays, he no longer is able to do that because of his advanced age. He never grew up. Yes, he'll probably make it into the Hall of Fame. Yes, in his purest athletic form, he probably can still help many teams out there. But when I think of Randy Moss, I think of someone who was an enormous waste of talent. This is a man who could have challenged Jerry Rice's records and stature, but he chose not to because he was lazy and egotistical. A shrink would have a field day with this guy. Or else he'd NEED a shrink after three sessions.

Since: Nov 1, 2010
Posted on: November 1, 2010 6:24 pm

Moss on the Chilly

Brad Childress needs to wake up. Childress has Adrian Peterson and he doesn’t know how to use him. Adrian is no longer putting the ball on the carpet, so what does Chilly do, he uses Peterson less? You don’t set plays running the most feared speed demon running back in the NFL outside to give him a chance to break one? Giving Peterson the chance to light up a D-back (victim) and take one to the house. Instead, Childress sends Peterson up the middle. So Now Peterson has to fight for every yard and get hit by all eight defenders who camp out the box including the safety that’s cheating up since he3 doesn’t fear covering Chilly’s receivers. Then, Childress shuts the run game down in the 2<sup>nd</sup> quarter against the Pats when Peterson had 59 yards. He had to, because he has to justify his hobbled quarterbacks starting role that Ziggy paid 20 million smackers for? The Pat’s knew AP was going to be running hard, right at them and they knew they couldn’t stop him. Peterson is the teams biggest asset, but Childress keeps him on the shelf like he’s your parent’s good china to only be used on occasion.

Childress once had Randy Moss throw Brett Favre a pass. How insane is this and how hard do you have to look to see that the machine is broken? Is this what qualifies someone to be coined an “Offensive genius.” Whoever tagged you with this name needs to quit watching 2003 Philly replays and journey to find an insouciant form of reality. Now with the release of Randy Moss, which ex-Eagle WR that can’t hack it anywhere else or old buddy of the gunslinger is Childress going to bring in to fill that void?

Many things are for sure with the Vikings. One, They give up the big play. Game after game they continue to let someone torch them for a play nearly length of the field. Usually when they have effectively sucked you back in to believing they have a chance to be in the game and win. Second, They are massive choke artists. Lets face it, the game against Green Bay had glaring similarities to the 2009 NFC Championship. Only the Bills rank on the same level as the Vikings as choke artists in the NFL. A post draft requirement upon exiting the ranks of the NCAA into the Vikings organization they need to stress the certification training of the Heimlich maneuver to all new recruits and signed free agents. Third, the Vikings continually make mediocre players look like Pro Bowlers, example, why the Vikings have Berrian. Look at Berrian’s stats against the Vikings when he was in Chicago.

Since we are on that subject, lets explore it. The Vikings defense has always believed that arm tackles are the building blocks of stopping anyone. They are flat, old and slow. That 3<sup>rd</sup> round pick that was wasted for No-Moss could have been really useful after the mass retirement party the Vikings need to force at the end of the season. Coincidentally, I recently attended the Jack Ass 3-D movie. For those of you who are not familiar, Jared Allen is in that movie. In the film, his role is to sack one of the actor/stunt men Johnny Knoxville. Allen is supposed to sack him to show how hard he hits. It’s ironic, because it’s the last time the jack ass has sacked anyone! I’m willing to bet, if you watch the out takes at the end of the film, you will see the Williams Wall auditioning for that same spot.

Regretfully, as any other loyal Minnesota resident that has to be force fed heartbreak after pitiful heartbreak in the world of professional sports, I’ll be there next week, sitting in front of the television, hoping, praying that maybe this time the team will play like winners and the coaching staff won’t arc out under pressure and I won‘t be force fed more vanilla. I’ll be back for another beating. Thank you, may I have another!? Maybe we’ll get Garnet back soon.

Buffalo Joe 149


Since: Aug 15, 2009
Posted on: November 1, 2010 6:15 pm

Moss release wake-up call for slumbering Vikes

At first I was kind of upset (being a fan of the purple), but I think there is more to it; and it again emphasizes the marginal coaching.  There is no way that this move is made without Favre's blessing.  That being said, I have to believe that Moss has been a bigger problem in the locker room and to the team than what is publicly known.  Favre basically said that he is willing to move forward without him.  As desperate as Favre was for a receiver, this hints that there were bigger issues.  There is no way anyone could think this move was made without consulting Favre.  While I think this again speaks to the flawed leadership of this team; it is a reality in this situation.

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