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Childress, Not Moss, Should Be the One To Go.

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Brad Childress is like a seventeen year old trying desperately to save a failing teen romance.  Unfortunately when you resort to desperation, it’s already lost. For Brad, the romance, much like his control of the Minnesota Vikings, is over.

It was becoming apparent in the offseason when he publicly stated that Brett Favre could have as much time as he wanted to make a decision.  It was even more apparent when, after Favre texted his teammates that he was not coming back, Childress sent down Ryan Longwell, Jared Allen, and Steve Hutchinson to beg him to come back.  Favre, who seemingly can’t say no to anyone, obliged, and returned.

One of the main reasons that Brett didn’t want to come back, according to a report from a Vikings player is that “Brett thinks that Childress has no clue about offense.” Another popped up that “Brett just doesn’t trust him.” At this point, everyone who even casually follows football knew who controlled the Vikings locker room, and it wasn’t Childress.

Flash forward to the regular season. Favre, first battled tendinitis, then two stress fractures in his foot. Both of these injuries put his consecutive start streak in question. Both times Childress openly questioned whether or not Favre would be able to start, and both times Favre started the next game.  Now Favre, who was knocked out of the last game with a chin laceration, declared himself perfectly fine, and we all know who will be starting the next game.

Today, word broke that Childress decided to put Randy Moss on waivers.  The move won’t be official until tomorrow, but when it is, it shows just how little control Childress has of his team.  He didn’t even tell Moss himself that he was going to release him. He then broke the news to the team in a very nonchalant manner and simply started film study. The team, who was glad to have Moss around, just shook their heads. Per Jay Glazer, comments began bombarding his cell phone from Vikings players who are no longer surprised by anything that Childress does this season. Message after message bombarding NFL insider with frustrated Vikings expressing their dissatisfaction and aggravation with the move.

No player should be openly disrespectful to their coach and in cases where insubordination occurs, it should be dealt with. So, what was the catalyst to Moss’ exile after only 4 weeks? According to Moss, he was frustrated because during the week, he was telling coaches little nuances of the New England offense that would help the Vikings prepare for their Sunday opponent and he was ignored. He brought up and shared certain formations, tendencies, and plays that the Patriots like to do in different situations, and the coaching staff essentially brushed him off.  Then after the game, they came to him and told him, something along the lines of: wow, you were right Randy, we should’ve listened to you. Moss, who was incredibly frustrated, voiced his displeasure with not being heard. All of the Vikings were upset after the game, which at least shows that they still care; they just don’t seem to care to play for Childress any longer.

The fact is, you don’t release a guy like Randy Moss on a crazy impulse, just because you don’t like what he had to say, especially when he was telling the truth. You don’t release an all-time great 4 weeks after you trade a 3rd round pick for him, a move which hampers your future, not just the present. You don’t release a future hall-of-famer, when you have a room full of guys that want to win, and know that he gives them a much better chance to do that.

This move reeks of desperation. This is a misguided chance to make a statement, when the chance to make one is long gone.  This certainly isn’t Brad Childress’s team anymore, but he will fight to the death trying to prove that it is, and ruin the team in the process. The move that has to be made, before tomorrow’s waivers, is to cut the head off the snake. Remove Childress, smooth things over with Moss, and get this ship turned around. If not, this ship is as good as sunk, the Vikings window is nearly closed, and if this year is wasted, they may be near the bottom looking up for years to come.


2 Responses to “Childress, Not Moss, Should Be the One To Go.”

  1. I won’t be shedding a tear for Mr. Favre…as good of a player he’s shown as his best, he’s been a disrespectful player to coaches and in some cases, teammates.

    But, i agree, Childress is the problem.

    Posted by Bobby Digital | November 2, 2010, 12:17 pm
  2. I agree completely. The time for Childress to show leadership was to do what Green Bay did and make the decision to move on when Favre attempted to hold the organization hostage (and succeeded). At the very least, the time was last week, when Favre made the entire week about himself. But now? With Moss? And no buy-in from the owner? Terrible.

    Posted by Jason Marlo | November 2, 2010, 12:25 pm

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