When the Vikings head coach, Brad Childress, said on Wednesday that the trading of a third-round draft pick to the Patriots for future Hall of Famer Randy Moss was "a poor decision," that is the moment I knew for sure we were in the presence of someone truly and undeniably brilliant.
Who else but a man of brilliance could have determined that trading a third-round pick for a player you are going to release a few weeks later was a poor decision?
Granted, the Vikings' brass had no idea their coach, the same brilliant Mr. Childress, was going to take matters into his own hands and release Moss without consulting any of his superiors or the guys who made the trade, but that hardly matters, right?
Coach Brad knows a bad deal when he sees it. You don't have to hit him over the head (although Vikings owner Zygi Wilf probably wants to do just that right about now) to get him to see the writing on the wall.
Yes, in one quick, swift move, as he was lying through his teeth to the media in his postgame press conference, telling them the wide receiver's postgame comments didn't bother him at all, Childress had already made his decision to send Randy packing. Coach Brad had made himself general manager Brad for a day, not bothering to inform people like the president of player personnel Rick Spielman, or the VP of football operations Rob Brzezinski, or owner Zygi Wilf about his player personnel decision.
I don't know, maybe he could have done something crazy like getting their opinions first? But that, apparently, wasn't all that important to Coach Brad.
Maybe Chilly got a mysterious text message saying he was now the acting general manager? Vikings players do get mysterious text messages from time to time, as we all know (remember Favre's text that 'never was' to the Vikings players, saying he had decided to retire?). Maybe he thought Rick Spielman had retired?
Actually, Childress said on Wednesday that Rick Spielman was in a meeting when it all went down. Must have been a long meeting. A meeting so long that Coach Brad had no choice but to don the GM hat and release a player.
Whatever Coach Brad thought, it was his call, and he's going to live or die with it. As was reported by Yahoo Sports, Childress said afterward, "They can fire me if they want."
On Wednesday Childress fielded questions from the Vikings' media, and although almost all the questions were Randy Moss related, he said basically nothing.
"It didn't work out. I'm not going to get into any particulars."
Okay, Coach Brad. No problem. Particulars? Particulars? We don't need no stinking particulars. Particulars!
How about a cold, hard fact instead. Childress is the coach of perhaps the most talented in team in the league, or at least one of the most talented, and what has he done with that talent? A 2-5 record. Perhaps Childress may want to focus on why his team is underachieving instead of flying off the handle and overreacting to some stupid, attention grabbing comments made by his moody, but very talented new wide receiver. Pardon me; ex-wide receiver.
Here's a bold prediction. If Coach Brad fails to steer the Viking ship to a victory versus Arizona on Sunday, he may get the same quick exit he gave to Randy Moss. But here's betting Chilly's firing goes through the proper channels.
And, something tells me that Coach Brad may be unemployed a tad longer than one Randy Moss was.