As the stories pile up about Randy Moss’ brief four-game return to the Minnesota Vikings, the one that ended when he was officially placed on waivers by the team today, it becomes evident that no one could have been surprised it ended abruptly.
Certainly there could be a faction of players who don’t approve of the move that was made by coach Brad Childress – cutting the wide receiver only weeks after trading a third-round draft pick for him. But the locker room knew the situation was combustible.
As one league source explained to the National Football Post this afternoon, Moss was loudly complaining following the Green Bay game Oct. 24, his third in a Vikings uniform. This situation was coming to a head well before the team went to play at New England this past Sunday.
“I cannot play for this coach,” Moss said to teammates in the vicinity as the club departed Green Bay. “I’m one and done.”
The one Moss meant was one season. He got one more game before he was done. The Minneapolis Star Tribune details an incident in the team’s locker room just last week when Moss blew up at a caterer that was there to provide lunch to the team following practice.
“(Moss) came walking up,” Gus Tinucci of Tinucci's explained to the Star Tribune. “There were a couple of guys that were in line. I knew Brett (Favre) put his helmet down. I met him carving. I was carving some meat for a guy and all of a sudden I heard all this screaming and I was like, 'Are you kidding me?' I knew who it was immediately. I looked up and there he was. (Moss said), 'I wouldn't feed this (expletive) to my (expletive) dog.' I was in shock. I couldn't believe it. It was quiet in there.”
A blow up over lunch certainly isn’t something that would have greased the skids for Moss. But it’s the kind of irrational behavior that’s marked his career. What happened was Moss locked horns with Childress. There are some players that may wholeheartedly agree with much of what Moss complained about when it came to the coach, but Childress wasn’t going to put up with a malcontent.
You would think Childress and the Vikings knew what they were getting. Hopefully, it’s a lesson learned for Childress, but you have to wonder if he’s going to be done himself in Minnesota following the season. There’s a fine in-house candidate right now to take over on an interim basis, defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier.
But can this team handle any more turmoil?
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