With the recent explosion in Minnesota—in which the team released wide receiver Randy Moss—passing into its 24th hour, the mushroom cloud hung over the locker room dissolving.
The Minnesota Vikings, in one swift move, became a defeated team for the second time Sunday afternoon.
In psychology, you learn about the "id." Or as layman terms would say, the ego and, specifically, the super ego.
Brad Childress' must have never realized how big his was until he decided to do what he did.
In no way will I overlook the irresponsible rantings of Randy Moss during the press conference. He has historically been a baby and a diva.
However, the real issue lies with the head coach in this matter.
In football, no one player is bigger than the team, and the same should apply for the head coach.
In his moment of rage, Brad Childress decided that he could not bare such behavior. Regardless of any positive impact on the team from Moss, he decided that he would put himself over the Vikings' entire organization.
If you dissect the team since Week 1 to the Moss arrival, you can see two different teams.
In the first few weeks of the NFL season, the Minnesota Vikings' offense was less than spectacular; especially coming off last season and the expectations that carried forward.
The running game was given a reality check, as Adrian Peterson was made mortal. The passing game suffered from Favre's lack of preparation and the loss of Sidney Rice, and the defensive front wasn't dominating the trenches as expected.
Favre had another moment of tension with Childress, and no one could seem to get open, run effective routes and catch a football. The team searched for an emergency fix by trading for Greg Camirillo and the average Hank Baskett.
The Minnesota Vikings were going nowhere fast, and on the verge of having the season collapse.
Enter, Randy Moss.
Although he did not make a historic debut against the New York Jets by way of personal statistics, what he did do was stretch the defense, make coordinators dedicate personnel to his side of the field and give Brett Favre a weapon downfield.
In that game, Percy Harvin finally got to play as expected, the ground game improved and despite mistakes in several parts of that game, the Vikings had a shot at winning.
As games progressed, the mere presence of Moss on the field allowed for much improvement overall as the Vikings, though not near the pinnacle of their potential, were moving in the right direction.
Until this past Sunday.
What Brad Childress has just done is bring his team back to the state they were in before Moss.
Childress has created a rift that is much more pronounced in the locker room than previously was there before.
His players' responses were that of surprise and shock, and one must ask if they can now stay dedicated and follow his lead. Or are they going to question him every step of the way?
You just can't afford this type of incident on such a grand scale at this point in the season and not expect to lose more than one player. Although Moss is physically gone, one has to ask how many are mentally departed from this team.
The unfortunate part of this drama is that it all could have been avoided. But then ego blinded logic and chaos unfurled.
I don't know where we go from here, but I won't be surprised if any small chance of a season being resurrected has now been muted by the voices of Moss and Childress alike.
There are serious issues in Minnesota, and I wouldn't expect things to remain calm or the same as this season progresses.
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