Monday, November 1, 2010
Did Childress go solo on Moss move?
By Kevin Seifert
ESPN's Adam Schefter has confirmed that receiver Randy Moss was not listed on the NFL's daily waiver wire Monday, meaning he technically remains property of the Minnesota Vikings.
I'm not sure there is much to read into that news. It's not uncommon for the official paperwork of a roster move to trail the news. I suppose it's possible that someone in the organization is trying to reverse what appears to be a decision by coach Brad Childress, but Moss' agent has already publicly acknowledged the move.
It's hard to imagine Moss 3.0 ever occurring. It's much more likely that Moss will appear on Tuesday's waiver wire, extending the drama into Wednesday afternoon.
That said, I think it's worth asking whether this move took place in an orderly and professional manner, or if it was actually as haphazard as it looks from the outside. Based on media reports, here's what we can piece together:
- Agent Joel Segal told the Star Tribune that he and Moss learned of the move Monday morning.
- During his early-afternoon news conference, coach Brad Childress told reporters that he had given Moss permission to remain in New England and visit family members. "I allowed him to stay back there and visit with his family, since he is from there and he will be back Wednesday morning [or] Tuesday night," Childress said.
- Immediately after that news conference, Childress told Vikings players in a team meeting that Moss would be waived.
- Linebacker Ben Leber confirmed that Childress broke the news to players.
Childress' latest failure on the truth-o-meter prompts a conspiratorial mind to imagine how chaotic the Vikings' internal communication might have been Monday. Is owner Zygi Wilf on board? What about the remainder of the team's leadership structure, which includes vice president of player personnel Rick Spielman and vice president of football operations Rob Brzezinski? Based on job descriptions, it is Brzezinski's role to submit the roster move to the NFL office.
You want to assume the team is on the same page internally, even if it has mismanaged the decision from a public perspective. But if it's not -- if Childress jumped the gun on this move -- then we could be in for an interesting 24-48 hours. Stay tuned.