Thursday, August 11, 2011
Moss shouldn't have surprised Childress
By Kevin Seifert
I realize this topic has nothing to do with the 2011 season, but I think it's still worth noting that former Minnesota Vikings coach Brad Childress has revealed in a succinct way why he released receiver Randy Moss last year.
Speaking to NFL.com this week, Childress said: "We had good guys, by and large, [but Moss] walked in the locker room and vomited on it."
Childress probably could have used better word choice, and in the video below, ESPN's Skip Bayless suggests that he is merely trying to shift blame for the decision 10 months later. I think Childress is right in a sense; Moss had quickly become an untenable locker room presence. But did he turn the rest of the team on Childress? I don't think so. That happened independently.
In the end, the mistake the Vikings made was believing Moss would be on his so-called "best behavior" after they acquired him from the New England Patriots. Moss pretty much behaved as he always had, something Childress was not prepared to tolerate.