Posted by Will Brinson
Anyone who's ever had a job knows that 99 percent of the time, there someone to answer to -- a "boss" if you will. And if you do things like, say, fire other employees, without making sure your boss is cool with it, you can get in trouble.
Enter Brad Childress into our little hypothetical metaphor; Chilly as we all are fully aware of by now, canned Randy Moss from the Minnesota's roster on Monday. And he did so without consulting the people (owner Zygi Wilf and president Mark Wilf) who sign his paychecks.
Jeremy Fowler of the Pioneer-Press reports that this has the Wilfs, who were doing other business elsewhere when the Moss fiasco went down, a touch upset. "Rankled," even, according to a source.
"They were not happy with the decision but more so the process," said the source, who spoke Tuesday on condition of anonymity. "These guys are lawyers. They're process people. Part of the confusion is that there is no clear conformity within the organizational structure. And that's flawed."
Part of that flawed process is that Childress has full control over the Vikings' roster.
"And when you have a flawed structure you get the kind of Keystone Kops atmosphere that's out there now," the Pioneer Press' source said.
The possibility that Childress "went rogue" on dumping Moss because of his attitude seems like the likely scenario that actually played out in Minnesota now; it also explains why there were conflicting reports about whether Moss had actually been waived on Monday, and why the team knew about Moss being released before Moss did.
Interestingly, this removes the "it's either him or me" (Childress and Moss, natch) from play. But it doesn't necessarily close the door to the "Chilly takes a stand and is fired because he refused to back down and totally not because he's a bad coach" scenario, which could play out quickly if the Vikings don't start winning.
None of that's to say that Childress WILL get fired, but if he had any inkling before now that his job was on the line (and that, say, ownership wanted to take a gander at defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier), this is his only shot at going out for reasons outside incompetence.
Not that insubordination is necessarily better, though.
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