Following his bizarre post game presser yesterday, the Minnesota Vikings are supposedly set to release malcontent receiver Randy Moss. Essentially, Moss berated the Vikings coaching staff, heaped praise on his former team and arrogantly announced that he would no longer talk to the media after yesterday's 28-18 loss to the New England Patriots.
Vikings head coach Brad Childress informed his team of this decision during a meeting today, but inexplicably, word is that he hadn't even discussed it with Vikings front office personnel beforehand. And the majority of players in the team's locker room are very upset with the announcement.
First of all, Moss is kind of a mental case. To go out of his way to proclaim his undying love for the Patriots in this situation and to blast his current team in the process is, to say the least, unusual. And inappropriate.
Even if his comments about the Vikings' coaches ignoring his scouting report of the Pats was true, it was neither the time nor the place to unload on them. It was almost as though Moss was asking for this release. Or he thought he could do whatever he wanted without any repercussions.
As I watched his comments after the game, it was almost comical:
"I miss the hell out of them (Patriots). Every last helmet in that locker room."
"Deion Branch came up to me after the game. I never really had the chance to meet Deion Branch but it was definitely a pleasure to meet him."
"To the New England Patriots fans. That ovation at the end of the game. That really felt heartwarming. I think I actually shed a tear for that."
On the flip side, if the Vikings release Moss without so much as a conversation with him about what happened yesterday, it shows that they aren't thinking things through very well. With arguably the most talented team in the NFL, the Vikings are 2-5 and Childress is on the verge of losing this team, if he hasn't done so already.
I understand the desire to simply cut a player like this, citing him as a distraction and making an emotional decision to get him out of town as quickly as possible. But perhaps a bit more thought should've been put into the move before sacrificing a third round Draft pick for—essentially—a few catches and two meaningless touchdowns.
Even if Moss only gives half effort on some plays, his mere presence in the Vikings lineup cleared the way for every other player on the offensive side of the football. Granted, it didn't do much good as the Vikings were 1-3 with Moss, but he did give the team a dynamic to build upon, one they certainly don't have without him.
At any rate, Moss would be a newcomer to the NFL's waiver wire. But I can't imagine any team (other than maybe the Patriots) being comfortable with his unusual behavior. Despite what I thought was good leadership in Moss' first couple games with the Vikings (calling the team together on several occasions, appearing to be a team leader), this untimely tirade seems to be his last as a Viking.
If the Vikings do officially release Moss, I don't see them recovering from this. The beginning of the end of the Vikings as we know them could be today.