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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 19, 2007
Posted on: November 1, 2010 6:09 pm

Moss release wake-up call for slumbering Vikes

The Viking's mistake was not signing Farve nor was it trading for Moss.  It was letting Farve think he was more important than the team, the  players and the coaching staff, then treating him like the second coming of the missiah.

Amen. Now the few remaining people are starting to realize why the Packers launched Favre when he refused to quit playing games in the offseason.

Since: Jan 16, 2007
Posted on: November 1, 2010 5:57 pm

Moss release wake-up call for slumbering Vikes

This team has been held hostage by Brett Favre  it is time to go Brett the Vikings need a QB and and T Jax is not it .Childress is done unless he pulls an epic comeback.when you see Brett get crushed on Sunday(really sad to watch)and Moss waived it is a team in chaos
someone mentioned Leslie Frazier he has been passed over by NFL teams who bought in stiffs bit in my opinion Frazier will go elsewhere to shine and the Vikes will try to lure in a bigger name.

Since: Dec 6, 2009
Posted on: November 1, 2010 5:35 pm

Moss release wake-up call for slumbering Vikes

yeah he does look like him,

Since: Aug 29, 2007
Posted on: November 1, 2010 5:28 pm

Moss release wake-up call for slumbering Vikes

Childress is a nitwit, does anybody esle think he looks like Frank Oz!

Since: Apr 30, 2010
Posted on: November 1, 2010 5:21 pm

Moss release wake-up call for slumbering Vikes

Randy Moss and Brett Favre are just symptoms. The disease and root of the problem is clearly Brad Childress and his poor or non-existent leadership. While he makes some bold moves (drafting Percy Harvin), he has made far more idiotic (not just bad) mistakes. Brad Childress appears clueless at times and his undivided loyalty to his QB's has set this team back several seasons now. The Vikings window may not be completely closed but it is REALLY close. He is in love with Tarvaris Jackson so much, yet won't give him the reins. Yet, he HAD to have Favre, who sources have said didn't want to come back mostly due to Childress. His double-standard with Favre appears to have divided the locker room as this team appears to have little chemistry. The Vikings need a spark, because the NFC North isn't completely out of reach and maybe Ziggy Wilf needs to get rid of Childress and see if the team will rally under Leslie Frazier.

Since: Mar 25, 2008
Posted on: November 1, 2010 5:18 pm

Moss release wake-up call for slumbering Vikes

Moss in a cancer which is why he was traded by NE during the season and let go by the Vikings today.  Even though he still is talented and can make plays, his negative influence in the locker room is why he has been let go twice.  Belechik lost patience with Moss as soon as he tried to cross Brady and it only took one outburst that we knew of for Minnesota to release him even though they are thin at WR.  The Vikings franchise is on the decline and should have gotten rid of Favre while they had AP and Percy Harvin with a top O-Line in their prime.  By the time Favre walks away (or gets the boot), the Vikings window will have started to close.

Since: Apr 9, 2007
Posted on: November 1, 2010 5:16 pm

Throw the red flag on this move

It's the same reason Moss was traded the first time- it came down to Tice or Moss and Red McCombs allowed Tice to stay. That lasted a very short while until the new ownership took over. Now the same crap happens- because Chilly can't take any of the blame for his inept coaching abilities and Moss speaks his mind because all he wants to do is win, the coach pushes him out the door. The wrong guy got fired today- oh wait, maybe we can throw a red flag and get this move overruled?????

Since: Jun 9, 2009
Posted on: November 1, 2010 5:13 pm

Moss release wake-up call for slumbering Vikes

First BAD Apple Favre, Second BAD Apple Moss!

Since: Jun 9, 2009
Posted on: November 1, 2010 5:12 pm

Moss release wake-up call for slumbering Vikes

Just plain STUPID!!!!!

Since: Nov 1, 2010
Posted on: November 1, 2010 5:07 pm

Moss release wake-up call for slumbering Vikes

I second that! Childress is a gutless bumb that has no hint of having a killer instince. He makes massive mistake after massive mistake and thinks that tossing cash at the problem will make the issue fade away and make his team better. Moss was the worst thing to happen to this team, bringin in a bad apple is never a good idea and he did quit on a lot of plays, in fact I don't think he ever even pinched in. Moss spent the last three weeks in Minnesota accepting checks in a ski mask while holding his index finger out while his hand was  inside his jacket pocket. It "is" a shame that players that want it had to put on the same uniform as this cancer. The vikings are the team in the NFL as the day old breads is in the bakery. Nobody's gonna pay top dollar and trade any valuable draft picks for them and the others that remain, will just gey tossed out. Hey Moss,,, why dont you take Berrian with you when you leave, Then the team can clear their roster of a"Has been"  and a "Never was gonna be"  And lets not forget the coach in this circus, Childress shou;d be shown the plank off the Viking ship too. Believe it or not, all these problems the Vikings are having start at the top and don't be fooled otherwise. But don't worry Brad, I'm sure there's a team somewhere that you can get a gif being the defensive coordinator. Because in essence, that's what you really are. Nobdy couyld shut a team down, that have as much talent as the Vikings do better than you can.

Buffalo Joe

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