A stunned NFL learned earlier today that all-time great wide receiver and “slouch” Randy Moss was “no longer with the Vikings”, to quote Vikings’ coach Brad Childress, who dropped that bomb on his locker room in a team meeting this afternoon. Childress, who has enough input into roster moves, it is believed, to pull the trigger on such a move himself, may have done so prior to consulting with Minnesota’s upper management, after Moss flung Childress under the bus last night when he criticized Childress for foolishly going on 4th and goal, and being stopped cold, right before the 1st half ended.
Moss said he’d have loved to have “gotten 3 there” and conjectured that it would have been a different game had the Vikings taken a 13-7 lead into the half. Moss was absolutely correct in his assessment, though Childress had to hate the public nature of the second guess, and the effusive praise that Moss heaped on Belichik, whom he called “the greatest coach of all time.”
For Childress, the move to cut ties with Moss for criticizing him was highly hypocritical. Just last week, Childress threw Brett Favre under the bus in the post press conference for turning the ball over. Childress, who has clearly lost the team, and is now on borrowed time, went ahead and cut Moss, who was just acquired on October 6th from New England for a noteworthy asset–a 3rd round pick in 2011–likely to be a top 80 selection. Moss’s criticism of the decision to go for it on 4th and goal, while speaking out of school, was right on the money.
To go for on 4th down when losing the ball on downs means you are putting your opponent on their own 2 yard line and asking them to go 98 yards is not such a bad move. But to go on fourth, and to take the ball out of Favre’s hands when the Patriots have over-stacked the box, and when the Patriots, if they hold, will just run out the clock by taking a knee is completely inscrutable.
As for Moss, judging by his post game remarks, it would seem he is angling for a return to New England, and a reunion with Tom Brady, his bestest boyfriend.