I’ve been so busy/lazy that I haven’t gotten around to writing a post in almost a month now. Oddly enough, my last post was written in celebration of Randy Moss’s return to Minnesota, and now, his short run with the team is over, and I’m forced to end my silence. So it’s a testament to both how long its been since I’ve written a blog post and how short a time Moss was back with the Vikings.
I went with the analogy in my last post that I’m married to the Minnesota Vikings, and despite their infidelity by cheating on me with Brett Favre, I was willing to forgive them and pretend like I didn’t know because they bribed me with a big diamond ring (Randy Moss). Well, now I’ve found that it was a cruel joke, and they really don’t care about me, because they took the ring away from me. That was the last straw. I’ve moved out of the house, but I’m not filing divorce papers, because we have to stay together for the kids (Adrian, Percy, Tarvaris, Sidney, etc.). I’m sure one day, they’ll grow tired of those whores (Favre and Childress) and I can forgive them, move back in the house, and we can all be a happy family again. The only way the marriage could actually end is if they leave me (Zygi moves the team when he can’t get a stadium done) or they die (the NFL contracts them). I can’t actually go through with filing the divorce papers, because my self esteem is not capable of finding another love (team). This is more like an act of defiance in hopes of getting their attention. A cry for help, if you will.
Okay, enough with that drawn out analogy. Let’s look at the reasoning for why Brad Childress would act so recklessly and throw away a 3rd round draft pick. I guess the reports are that besides Randy’s interview where he complained about not being listened to in gameplanning and complimented his old team and coach a little too much, a big reason why Randy was let go was because he decided to act like a child and completely humiliate the caterer who served the team meal after practice Friday. Certainly, this is an indefensible act. It wouldn’t matter if they actually had served the team crappy food or not, there’s just no excuse for Moss to treat anybody that way. Along with this there are also the times in games where Moss clearly isn’t giving 100%. A lot of people are pointing to the pass he could possibly have caught after he had drawn the PI call in New England this past Sunday. Whether he really could have or not, only Randy knows, but the point is he should have at least tried. Back when I played football, I was so hungry to catch every ball that ever came my way, and I for sure would have laid out for that, otherwise I would have gotten chewed out by the coach and put on the bench. (For the record, while I don’t condone Randy’s lack of effort, I doubt he could have caught the pass, because while Randy doesn’t give effort many times, he doesn’t typically avoid catching passes. It’s on plays where he isn’t targeted that he pulls up and trots, not the ones where he’s thrown to. You be the judge.)
So that’s the case against him, and even I, a blind supporter of Randy Moss, can admit that he was out of line in these instances. But I still want him on my team. The first question you have to ask Brad Childress is, “What did you expect?” He doesn’t deny that he takes plays off sometimes, and we all knew that he’s had a checkered past. Controversy seems to follow him around. Next, I’d like to ask Brad about this ridiculous quote of his “we want good people that are good football players”. What is that supposed to mean? How exactly does he define what a good person is? Apparently texting pictures of your penis to women that aren’t your wife is okay. So is getting caught for drunk driving multiple times. He’s no longer with the team, but at the time, Dwight Smith didn’t get immediately cut for having sex with a woman in a public place. I’m not trying to be judge and jury of what is a “good person” myself, I’m just trying to figure out Brad’s line of thinking. Finally, I would want to ask Brad, “Why couldn’t you just discipline Randy like the authority figure you’re supposed to be, rather than just running from the confrontation by cutting him?” Randy entered this locker room where he expected it to be functional and organized like his former team, the New England Patriots, but instead found a locker room that was run by veterans like Favre, Hutchinson, the Williams Wall, etc. and didn’t really respect the head coach, because frankly, the head coach has allowed it to become that when he caved on his “culture of accountability” policy by letting Favre skip training camp and all that came with that. Randy was running amok within this franchise, and nobody had the stones to stand up to him, because they already were afraid to stand up to Favre. Now combine all of that with the fact that Moss was underutilized and you can see why he got frustrated and felt the need to lash out at others. Unfortunately, he decided to take his frustration out on some poor, unsuspecting caterer, and that’s really all on Randy. But I think I have a handle on why he did stuff like that. Check out this take by Cris Carter on why Randy is the way he is. It’s quite telling to me. I’m about to become armchair psychologist now, so just bear with me on this, please. So Randy grew up in a home where his father wasn’t really in the picture, but instead was raised by his single mother, and today, he doesn’t respond well to flaky male authority figures. Hmmm…. Sounds to me like the lack of a father in his life has caused him to lose respect for male authorities who don’t properly respect him and give him the structure he needs in his life. It makes perfect sense to me. I’d probably be bitter about not having a dad growing up, too. Now, you can say that he still doesn’t have an excuse to act the way he does, and I think you’re still right, but isn’t this even more of a sign that Childress is the wrong guy to lead this team? A true leader of men should have come down on Moss sternly to tell him the way things were gonna be from the get go (the way Carter did in ’98, and Belichick did in New England). If I had been coach, the answer to Moss’s bad behavior lately would be to give him a 1/2 game or full game suspension, and let him know that we wouldn’t tolerate that type of treatment of others. But to just cut him and throw away your investment? It’s idotic. I take Childress cutting Moss as his pathetic attempt to prove to the league that he still controls this team, since so many people are laughing at him for letting Favre run the squad, only he took his frustrations out on the wrong guy. And in cutting Moss, he acted alone without consulting those above him in the organization, and thus he’s in trouble for that. My prediction is that Childress doesn’t survive this off-season as the head coach.
Anyhow, I’m starting to come to grips with this terrible sequence of events, but I’m still not going to root for this team while Childress is head coach (well, we’ll see how long that lasts). It’s plain to see that we’ll never win a Super Bowl under him or with Favre at quarterback, so please, Zygi, just give us a clean slate as soon as possible. Why not fire Chili and give Leslie Frazier the interim job, and then bench Favre for T-Jack to find out if they both have the ability to lead this team/offense, and at the end of the year decide if you want to keep either or both of them? If they succeed, great! You can keep what you’ve got. If they fail, almost as good, because you’ll know that you have to clean house and start over with a new coach and then draft Ryan Mallett (fingers crossed) to be the quarterback. Of course, as the now legally separated wife of the Vikings, I know them too well, and know that instead they’ll stick with both of those whores too long, then substitute McNabb or David Carr or Matt Leinart or some other crappy washed up quarterback who will only be around for a couple of years for Favre and repeat the process over and over again. So, where do we go from here? I don’t know, but the ball is in your court, Zygi.