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Still, it doesn’t seem like Childress should be completely secure in his job status.
Wilf, who lives in New Jersey, spent much of the past week observing practices and meeting individually with Vikings players. One of the players who participated in such a meeting told ESPN he sensed Wilf was attempting to determine how much support remained for Childress among veteran players and wanted to remind them they could still make the playoffs.
Fans also aren’t going to surprise Childress if (when?) he’s booed this weekend.
Childress admitted he expects a negative reception from the Minnesota crowd on Sunday.
“I’m not crazy enough to think there wont be catcalls,” he said. “That’s part of the deal, that happens every time I walk on or off of a field. It’s always interesting to hear what people have to say. That’s part of the audience participation thing.”
As bad as this season has gone thus far, Childress should probably just be happy there’s still an audience participating.
Multiple account s on Twitter, from the StarTrib to KARE11 are reporting that Moss was claimed by the Tennessee Titans. More soon.
Tinucci’s Restaurant is making the best of Randy Moss’ attempt to belittle their food. As you can see from the picture below, you can trade your Moss gear in for some free grub. What esle are you going to do with the jersey you blew $85 on?
The Facebook link featured in the picture is HERE.
The Randy Moss situation has all but come to an end in Minnesota, but Vikings head coach Brad Childress says that it was a poor decision to even trade for Moss in the first place.
“It was a poor decision,” Childress said during a press conference today. “I’ve got to stand up and I have to make it right. When it’s not right, you need to make it right.”
Childress also used some big words when explaining why it wasn’t a good decision.
“I wished and hoped that it would have worked out as well,” Childress said. “But it was a programmatic non-fit, and it didn’t work out. When things don’t work out, you need to move quickly to take steps.”
Interestingly enough, Childress was also asked if his job might also be on the line.
The poor start and the abrupt dismissal of a player the team spent a third-round draft pick to acquire from the Patriots has Childress being confronted with questions about his job security.
“I’d say that’s up to everybody else to look at,” Childress said. “I know that basically it’s usually tied to how many wins you have and how many losses you have.”
The Vikings currently have two wins and five losses, so take that for what it is worth.
If Moss is not claimed, he will be free to sign a new contract with any team and the Vikings would be on the hook for the remaining $3.388 million on his contract. He’d then be available for around $450,000 and Moss could choose the team he would like to join.
Various league sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter that the Washington Redskins, Chicago Bears, St. Louis Rams, Miami Dolphins, Oakland Raiders, Kansas City Chiefs, Seattle Seahawks, New York Jets and even the Patriots are among the teams possibly interested in claiming Moss.
“Obviously, there’s a number of clubs who could use Randy,” his agent Joel Segal said Tuesday on ESPN Radio’s “The Scott Van Pelt Show.” Segal added that he was not in talks with any potential suitors and would not do so until a claim is made.
“We’re going to let the waiver process play itself out, see who claims Randy and then hopefully it will be a good situation,” he said.
As far as what led to his release, that story also breaks down quite a few situations, most randomly when he decided to berate local restaurant Tinucci’s.
Hopefully someone claims Moss so the Vikings aren’t on the hook for his whole contract.
“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,” Childress said. “We wish Randy the best as he moves forward in his career.”
One wonders if Mr. Wilf won’t have a similar statement for Childress tomorrow.
I’m telling you, I think that there is momentum building behind the scenes to fire Brad Childress. Adam Schefter has tweeted that many members in the organization, both in the locker room and front office, want Moss back, although he officially hasn’t been released. Jay Glazer reports that Moss isn’t coming back with Childress at the helm.
There has been no statement from the front office or the owner supoorting the move, and even less about supporting the head coach.
If I were a betting man, my money is on Brad Childress being the VIkings former coach this time tomorrow.
According to Jay Glazer, Viking players were stunned to hear about the impending release of Randy Moss, and not one of the players that Glazer has talked to supports the move. To a man, he claims, they liked Moss as a teammate, he was a leader in the locker room, and had developed a good relationship with the younger receivers on the team.
The silence from Winter Park is deafening right now. If we see any white smoke coming from the chimney, we’ll let you know.
It’s not a new phenomenon to hear that Vikings players aren’t exactly enamored with their head coach Brad Childress. The events of Monday, after he told his team that he was going to release Randy Moss, may have been a tipping point for player unrest.
ESPN’s Chris Mortensen said on SportsCenter Monday evening that Childress has “lost the locker room.”
“He really has,” Mortensen said. “The players are not Childress guys right now. There’s a sense there, ‘does this head coach really know what he’s doing?’ That’s the truth. You talk to people in that locker room, that’s what you you’re gonna get from them.”
You know, in my opinion, the longer the front office goes without clarifying this whole thing, the more I think that Brad Childress isn’t long for his job. If the front office were completely behind this transaction, certainly they would have said something by now. But, as of this moment, we’ve heard nothing from Zygi Wilf, nothing from Rick Spielman, and Childress hasn’t even had his own press conference about it.
The 2010 Minnesota Vikings – Yeah, they’re awful, but at least they’re entertaining!
According to the folks over at Pro Football Talk, the. . .well, you know that whole “Vikings have waived Randy Moss” thing that everything has blown up about this afternoon? Yeah. . .maybe not so fast.
Jay Glazer of FOX reports that, although coach Brad Childress has informed the team that Moss has been waived, the move has not yet officially occurred — and Moss (as we reported earlier) still has not been informed of the move.
Ummmmmm. . .yeah.
Apparently Brad Childress has something in his contract that allows him to cut players without consulting with management, and that’s what he’s done with Moss. . .or, rather, what he’s trying to do. However, one would have to imagine that Zygi Wilf would be none too pleased about dumping a player that he just shelled out a third-round draft choice to acquire on October 6th.
Now, it’s hard to imagine a scenario where Randy Moss and Brad Childress ever occupy the same locker room again. So, if the front office doesn’t want Moss gone. . .and that might be the case, since Moss wasn’t on today’s waiver report. . .it may come down to either Moss or Childress.
We can only hope that Zygi Wilf knows which choice is the wise one. (Hint: It’s not Childress.)
The Randy Moss era v. 2.0 in Minnesota is, apparently, over after four games. According to Judd Zulgad of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune:
This. . .this. . .I have absolutely no idea what to make of this. This story has literally broken in about the last 10 minutes, so we'll have more on it as we get more information.
I couldn't believe it when I saw Moss was coming back. . .and I most certainly can't believe this.