Tag:Randy Moss
Posted on: November 2, 2010 8:01 pm

Rice practicing this week? 'There's a chance'

Posted by Will Brinson

So, this thing happened recently with Randy Moss and the Vikings where they're no longer BFF's (for those living under a rock, he got waived and then maybe not waived and then definitely waived and now there's plenty of drama between the Vikings and head coach Brad Childress).

How about some positive wide receiver news coming out of Minny instead then? Because it turns out that Sidney Rice, who last we heard was just off crutches a few week ago, could return to practice this week.

Via Chip Scoggins of the Star-Tribune, Chilly says "there's a chance" that Rice could be back this week.

So, um, YAY!!!!.

Or something -- even if Rice is back to practice this week, he certainly won't be 100 percent for quite some time, if ever, when it comes to actual gameplay.

And even if he's back on the field this week for practice, he probably won't be able to actually play in a game for several weeks. Which won't do a whole lot to take the heat of of Childress for dumping his only talented deep threat, or provide him with an excuse outside of "the caterer ate my homework" for why he waived Moss.

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Posted on: November 2, 2010 4:57 pm

It's official: Moss, Merriman to the waiver wire

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Various outlets have reported that the Vikings have officially placed Randy Moss on the waiver wire, and the Chargers announced they did the same thing with LB Shawne Merriman.

Which means we have a couple of players with 10 Pro Bowls berths and five All-Pro honors between them ripe for the taking.

Teams have until 4 p.m. Wednesday to make their claim for one or the other - or both, I suppose. The next 24 hours or so will be awfully interesting.

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Posted on: November 2, 2010 10:33 am

Even more from the Moss trough

R. Moss is expected to be placed on the waiver wire officially today (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Because we can’t help ourselves, here are a couple more takes on Randy Moss before he’s officially placed on the waiver wire today (we assume as much, anyway).

No. 1: Yahoo! Sports’ Michael Silver has a stunning story about why some of the Vikings players are, in fact, happy to see Moss go. It’s because, according to Silver, Moss has exhibited obnoxious behavior recently that has made his teammates uncomfortable.

Take this passage for instance:

As is the team’s custom on Fridays, a local food establishment was invited to the training facility to serve a catered, post-practice meal in the locker room. In this case, a St. Paul restaurant that is a favorite of former Vikings center Matt Birk. As the proprietors helped serve chicken, ribs, pasta and other dishes to Vikings players, Moss paced up and down the serving line and loudly expressed his displeasure with the offerings.

According to one player who witnessed the scene, Moss yelled, “What the [expletive]? Who ordered this crap? I wouldn’t feed this to my dog!”

Said the witness: “It was brutal. The truth is, he deserved to be cut after that. It was such an uncomfortable moment. You know that feeling where you just can tell someone feels so small? That’s what it was like being there.

“This wasn’t a chain – it was a mom-and-pop restaurant, and you could tell it was their best stuff. They had a special carving station set up, and there were players and other support staff lining up to eat it. And [Moss] is at his locker saying, ‘You know, I used to have to eat that crap – but now I’ve got money.’ You just felt so sad for them. I had never seen anyone treated like that.

“And by the way, the food was actually really good.”

Read the rest of Silver’s story. It gives some interesting insight. It doesn’t make coach Brad Childress seem all that more sympathetic (especially if you read the story I wrote late last night), but it might give Moss apologists something to think about.

No. 2: Do you remember Monday night when Moss’ agent, Joel Segal, released this statement to the Minneapolis Star Tribune?

It read, “Randy is very sad to find out about being waived by the Vikings this morning. He has and always will remain fond of the fans in Minnesota. We will let the process of the waiver wire take its course and we will move on from there."

Apparently, that was a hoax. So writes USA Today, which quotes the NFL Network’s Michael Lombardi (who broke the Moss story in the first place).

Just when you think this story couldn’t get any crazier …

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Posted on: November 2, 2010 1:18 am

Can Childress survive this?

Brad Childress released R. Moss, but apparently didn't clear it with ownership (US Presswire).

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Brad Childress hasn’t been popular in the Vikings locker room for quite some time now.

Some in the organization believe Minnesota went to the NFC championship game last year in spite of Childress, not because of him. He came off looking awfully weak during the preseason when he traveled to Mississippi multiple times in an attempt to sweet-talk Brett Favre into returning for one more season. He’s made other people in the organization deal with his dirty work when talking to the media, and he’s made two of his top players (Favre and Randy Moss) look bad in recent press conferences.

There’s a faction of the locker room that wants to see Tarvaris Jackson as the starting quarterback. They can’t like the fact Childress starts Favre. There’s another faction of the locker room that is in Favre’s corner. They can’t like the fact that Childress basically called out his quarterback in his postgame news conference following the Packers loss last week (and oh yeah, Brad, Favre was playing on a fractured ankle. No matter what you think of Favre, the dude plays hurt. And you look small for bashing him.).

As a result, many of the Vikings don’t like playing for him, and worse yet, they don’t respect him as a coach. You can be a hardass if you’re Bill Belichick, and yeah, maybe some players despise playing for guys like that. But there’s no question Belichick has the respect of the locker room. Childress simply doesn’t.

That leads us to Childress’ performance today when he released Moss. A performance that could lead to Childress’ eventual firing.

After talking to people close to the Vikings organization, here’s what we know.

Stunningly, Childress, who can shape the 53-man roster as he sees fit, apparently didn’t consult ownership about his plans to release Moss. It’s stunning because of owner Zygi Wilf’s love for Moss. The first time the Vikings got rid of Moss, it was because ownership grew tired of his act. Wilf, who took over the team a few months later, said he never would have seen Moss go if he was in charge.

Suffice to say, Wilf must have been extremely happy when Moss returned to Minnesota from New England. For Childress not to know that – or for him to willfully ignore that – is the height of arrogance or stupidity.

For now, it looks like Childress has won this power struggle (if there was a struggle in the first place), because for a few hours Monday evening, we weren’t sure if the ownership would veto the Moss waiver and, instead, fire Childress.

“If they really are all-in (for the Super Bowl), who gives the team a better chance to make the playoffs right now – Moss or Brad Childress?” Vikings Rapid Reporter Dana Wessel told me earlier tonight before the Vikings released a statement unofficially confirming that Moss had been waived. “It’s Randy Moss, no question.”

Knowing that, you have to know that if the Vikings don’t quickly turn around their season, Childress is a prime candidate to be let go.

The reasons: 1) Everything I wrote above.

2) When the trio of Jared Allen, Ryan Longwell and Steve Hutchinson flew to Mississippi basically to beg for Favre to return, Childress let offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell and special teams coach Brian Murphy answer to the media for him. Basically, not knowing what to do, the coaches lied. Childress apologized later for putting his assistants in that awkward position. Today, after not telling the media about his plans during the presser, a stunned LB Ben Leber had to answer a media horde’s question after the Moss news broke. Childress did not talk to the media again, though he did release a one-paragraph statement.

In effect, others have to clean up his dirty work.

3) There’s a hot assistant coach waiting in the wings. His name is defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier. He very obviously wants a head coaching job, and one of these days, somebody is going to give him one. From what I understand, Wilf might not want to risk losing him like the team lost Mike Tomlin to the Steelers after the 2006 season. If you’re choosing between Childress and Frazier, who do you go with? You already know what you've got with Childress.

4) The Vikings are trying to get a new stadium built. Childress isn’t well-liked in the city, doesn’t really excite anybody. If he’s lost his locker room, he’s lost his city, and if he’s lost his city and his locker room, does Wilf have any other choice but to fire him?

A better question: can the future of the organization count on a coach like Childress? I say no.

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Posted on: November 1, 2010 11:09 pm
Edited on: November 1, 2010 11:44 pm

F&R NFL Approval Matrix, Week 8

Posted by Will Brinson

Our affinity for graphs and charts and purty pictures knows no bounds, so (with a nod to the smartypants at NY Mag), we present the NFL Approval Matrix. Suggestions, complaints and intellecutual property lawsuits may be directed to us on Twitter (@CBSSportsNFL).

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Posted on: November 1, 2010 8:48 pm
Edited on: November 1, 2010 8:53 pm

Childress speaks!!!

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Vikings coach Brad Childress, who chose not to face the issue with the media after “waiving” Randy Moss today, has released a statement tonight.

“This decision was made based on what we thought was in the best interests of the Minnesota Vikings, both in the short and long term. We wish Randy the best as he moves forward in his career.”

So, there you go. Moss is as good as gone.

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Posted on: November 1, 2010 5:42 pm

More Randy Moss tidbits

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Since we haven’t posted anything on Randy Moss in, oh, say the last 90 minutes, let me bring you up to date on a few various tweets and statements.

- According to NFL.com’s Jason La Canfora, not everybody in the Vikings organization was on board with the decision to release Moss. That could present some problems in the future – or in the present, I suppose. Oh, and although coach Brad Childress told the team the Vikings had released Moss, they had yet to inform Moss of the decision. Which is just … well, it’s just freaking crazy.

La Canfora also writes Moss did NOT hit the waiver wire by the 4 p.m. deadline. Honestly, I’m not sure what to even think about this. Childress has the right to control the 53-man roster, but if the higher-ups in the front office don't want the same outcome, this could really say something about where Childress stands in the organization.

This does not mean Moss won’t be waived, because I’m think it’s 95 percent likely that he still will. He just hasn’t been yet. And if he doesn’t get waived, good lord, this will be really, really crazy.

- Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer reported Childress told the players in the locker room that Moss wasn’t the kind of guy the team wanted. Then, he ushered them into film room like it was no big deal. Wrote Glazer, “Guys just shook their heads.”

- The Minneapolis Star Tribune had this statement from Moss agent, Joel Segal.

"Randy is very sad to find out about being waived by the Vikings this morning. He has and always will remain fond of the fans in Minnesota. We will let the process of the waiver wire take its course and we will move on from there."

- Quick player reaction from LB Ben Leber, in Minnesota’s open locker room session with the media. “We’re shocked by it. But again, it was something we have to stand behind. We’re not going to let it be a distraction. When we come back on Wednesday, it will be forgotten.”

Unless, of course, Moss is still on the team.

This story, I’d say, isn’t close to being complete.

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