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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: Feb 20, 2007
Posted on: November 1, 2010 5:05 pm

Moss release wake-up call for slumbering Vikes

I couldn't agree with you more Hawkeye. I've been saying for years what a donkey Brad Childress is. The guy has an over-inflated ego, and he's just not a very good manager of the game. The interception by Devin McCourty that he challenged was a complete waste of a timeout. The previous week, he failed to reach for the flag when Packers TE Andrew Quarless scored a touchdown on a play where his other foot landed out-of -bounds. Replays confirmed it on the jumbotron but Childress' jumbo ego and poor managing cost his ball club at chance for a win. There's alot of talent on that team, but I must say that the Vikings D displayed some of the worst tackling I've ever seen this past weekend in New England. If I'm Defensive Coordinator Leslie Frasier, I get back to basics and start with a whole lot of tackling drills. Arm tackles won't get it done in this league and dont blame the new rules on H-2-H collisions as an excuse, for the poor tacklng. There were numerous times where the Vikings got to the point of attack and just flat out missed plays while being in correct position. It was unlike anything I've seen before. The Patriots are playing good and they lull you to sleep with their offense. They make a lot of first downs and are good at grinding away at the clock. They seem to be the best in the AFC right now, and are the team to beat. As for the Vikings its going to be a long season, and don't be surprised if Brett Favre is the next to leave town. Reports are that Childress' patience is running thin with Favre. The Favre legacy has already ben tarnished, so it wouldn't surprise me if he retired and just packed it up for good. As a result the Vikings will be lucky to win 3 more games.

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: November 1, 2010 5:03 pm

Moss release wake-up call for slumbering Vikes

 - the offense might not be struggling as badly if Favre actually reported to training camp and worked with the receivers he has there. Instead, he wanted to roll out of bed, grab a ball and heave it down the field. Now the franchise is paying for it. That shouldn't be a surprise. Manning is a great quarterback that does not take his greatness for granted. He actually puts in more time working with his guys than any other QB in the league. And it works. Would Austin Collie and Pierre Garson be anything close to what they are now if they were on any other team? Of course not.

Since: Jul 26, 2008
Posted on: November 1, 2010 5:01 pm

Moss release wake-up call for slumbering Vikes

Brett is not the problem! He less ints then Breeze. He has no line to give him time to through. Other then Harvin no wr that can catch! and now the D- fence is really bad letting them get behind so they have to pass. I watch every game he has played. only 3 ints are on him!

Since: Feb 25, 2010
Posted on: November 1, 2010 4:56 pm

Moss release wake-up call for slumbering Vikes

You must be the stupidest SOB on the planet!  No wait, that Childress!  So you come in a distant second!  Harvin was nearly useless until Moss showed up, he became an instant stud again because Moss just took 2 defenders away from him!  Childress is the reason they didn't win EVERY game last year and this year his moronic decisions are the reasons for half their losses....I wouldn't let that F stcik coach a little league team!  I hope Moss signs with the packers and comes back to the dome and scores a half dozen touchdowns and then goes and hands each ball to that Dumb F on the sidelines of the Vikings!  I hate the Packers but I'd love to see him sign with them!  Kiss that new stadium bye bye!  At least I won't have to waste anymore time watching that pathetic excuse for a coach as I'm sure the games will be blacked out as none of us in this great state wanna pay to watch that LOSER piss away another game!  Someone explain to the dumb ass what that red flag is for or better yet, just take it away from him! 

Since: Nov 25, 2008
Posted on: November 1, 2010 4:56 pm

Moss release wake-up call for slumbering Vikes

Wow.  Childress tied his future to a 40-year-old QB, whom the Vikings seemed to consider more of a deity than a man, only to see him break down before our very eyes.  Now the team has essentially wasted a 3rd rd pick on the Moss experiment.  I think Childress has sealed his fate.  All season I've wondered who's really running the Vikings.  And I'm still not so sure. 

Since: Sep 16, 2007
Posted on: November 1, 2010 4:56 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.   Chilly as abdicated control of the team to Farve, that's the reason he should be fired.   No organization or team can be successful when the inmates are allowed to run prison.   Farve could once throw a football and play injured.  Those are not the attributes of someone skilled in managing a team.   Even in Green Bay we were smart enough to have a strong coach that did not turn the team over to this diva.   His attitude can be summed up in what he said when asked about helping Rogers learn the quarterback position in Green Bay. His response was "its not in my job description."   Or stated another way, "I'm more important than the team and its  future."   He hasn't changed his attitude and continues to be a drama queen.

Since: Apr 23, 2008
Posted on: November 1, 2010 4:55 pm

Moss release wake-up call for slumbering Vikes

The defense might be the bigger problem than the offense. The defense can't buy a sack, Moss actually didnt play bad at all. Childress is garage get him bad in the dentist office. If the defense would have stopped woodhead or whoever that was on that 3 and 13 and the back up qb drove down this field, would all of this happened? I don't think so, Childress is under-fire and has no idea how to handle it.

Since: Dec 11, 2006
Posted on: November 1, 2010 4:53 pm

Moss release wake-up call for slumbering Vikes

I have to agree with you Childress is a idiot and now I'm glad Minnesota held him hostage before he could come to Green Bay for and interview.  I can't understand why he doesn't feed the play to Peterson the guy is a stud and he would help this team win.  Favre isn't the answer this year time has finally caught up to him.  Childress may have grown a pair and told Favre Moss is gone and if you don't play in the system you might not be far behind him. 

Since: Jan 28, 2010
Posted on: November 1, 2010 4:53 pm

Moss release wake-up call for slumbering Vikes

They should have left Childress in Boston too

Since: Nov 14, 2008
Posted on: November 1, 2010 4:48 pm

Moss release wake-up call for slumbering Vikes

You seem to imply Favre should get some blame for asking the Vikes to go try to get Moss. Hmm, let's see...most of my receivers are injured, there are virtually no weapons to throw the ball to at the time, so trying to get one of the greatest receivers of all time seems to me like a fairly forgivable request by a QB trying to ignite a struggling offense.

This one is on Moss. And yeah, he always has an impact on the field just being there, as any D coordinator would tell you. The problem is he limits would could be a far greater impact due to the fact that he's a mental midget.

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