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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. 
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Since: Mar 11, 2008
Posted on: November 1, 2010 4:47 pm

Moss release wake-up call for slumbering Vikes

"Moss, who made little or no impact until he stepped in front of microphones"

Harvin's production without Moss  35 yds. per game, 1 TD over 3 games     With Moss, 72 yds. per game 2 td's.  I'd say Moss took the top off the defense for Harvin, just like he did for Welker.

Since: May 11, 2008
Posted on: November 1, 2010 4:47 pm

Moss release wake-up call for slumbering Vikes

The only team I see acquring Moss and paying him his 3 million for the rest of this season is the Packers. How awesome would that be to play against Brad Childerss one more time before he gets let go after this year. Packers need some help too with Donald Driver's injury issue. Greg Jennings and Randy Moss is better that TO and Ochocinco

Since: Apr 3, 2009
Posted on: November 1, 2010 4:38 pm

Moss release wake-up call for slumbering Vikes

Moss "made little or no impact"? Lol tell that to Favre, AP, HARVIN, and opposing D's. Your credibility has just been shot. You obviously know nothing about the intangibles of football. 

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: November 1, 2010 4:36 pm

Moss release wake-up call for slumbering Vikes

Favre or no Favre, Moss or no Moss.  This team does not make the playoffs with Brad Childress.  The success of last year was the result of many things clicking "just right" despite the idiocy of the head coach.  Unfortunately it led to a wildly entertaining and successful year that only extended our bad coach.

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