MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Randy Moss wanted so badly to make a
triumphant return to Minnesota.
He wanted to put on a show for the fans who supported him so
steadfastly during his seven years here, and greeted him so warmly
Monday in his first game at the Metrodome since the Vikings traded
him to Oakland before last season.
Instead, Moss endured a frustrating night and voiced his
displeasure with both coach Art Shell for the way he benched the
receiver and the Vikings organization that shipped him away.
Moss had one catch for 16 yards and Aaron Brooks looked ragged
again in the Raiders' 16-13 preseason victory.
"I just wanted to come in and see the fans and give them
something really to scream about because I've had my fun here in
this Metrodome and they've had theirs, too," Moss said. "That's
one thing I really just wanted to come back and just give back to
the fans. The organization? To hell with them."
Moss, who lit up the Metrodome in the first seven years of his
career, started the night with a feet-stomping tantrum after Brooks
didn't see him wide open in the end zone. He said he was angry
because Brooks got flushed to the right while Moss was on the left
and didn't fault the quarterback for not getting him the ball.
After making his only catch against second-team cornerback
Dovonte Edwards in the second quarter, Moss was pulled. Moss
stormed off the field and threw his helmet in disgust, stewing on
the bench for the rest of the game.
"I was just more ticked because I've never in my career been
taken out of a game, preseason, during a drive," Moss said with a
puzzled tone. "It's funny to me. I don't call the shots. I guess I
just go back to the drawing board."
That's a good plan for the entire Raiders offense.
Brooks finished 1-for-6 for 16 yards and was sacked twice by the
new-look defense, which held the Raiders to no first downs and just
15 yards in one quarter of work.
Brad Childress made his debut as Vikings coach, and the West
Coast offense he brought from Philadelphia is the antithesis of
what Minnesota fans saw when Moss was in purple. Those teams lived
off the big play, while the new Vikings will rely on short passes
and a ball-control running game.
Brad Johnson was 5-of-6 for 32 yards for the Vikings, who scored
their only TD in the first quarter on new fullback Tony
Richardson's 3-yard run. Ryan Longwell added two field goals, but
missed a 55-yarder that would have tied it in the fourth period.
Fourth-string quarterback J.T. O'Sullivan drove the Vikings to
the Oakland 22 in the closing seconds and Childress elected to go
for the win. Hiram Eugene intercepted O'Sullivan's desperation
heave into the end zone to clinch Oakland's victory.
"I've gotten nervous before every game I've ever coached, and
this was no different," said Childress, who has never been a head
coach at any level. "It's nice to look out at that panorama, but
you have to get right back on task."
The night was all about Moss, who made the Vikings one of the
most dangerous offensive teams from the minute he arrived in 1998.
Those Vikings were defined by the deep pass to Moss, which helped
them reach an unprecedented level of popularity in the state.
His tenure was hardly perfect. He left the field with 2 seconds
left in a regular-season loss to Washington two years ago; got in a
minor scrape with a traffic enforcement officer in 2002; and
verbally abused corporate sponsors on a team bus in 2001.
Not to mention his infamous "I play when I want to play"
Nevertheless, plenty of fans wore his purple No. 84 jersey on
Monday night, and still more donned his black No. 18.
"It makes me feel good to know that I'm still loved here, no
matter what the bad blood that kind of built when I left," Moss
said. "I think that they, the people in the stands with the 84s on
and whatnot, I think they understand now that I'm a Raider and
there's no coming back, and I don't really want to come back."
New Vikings defensive coordinator Mike Tomlin brought his
version of the cover-2 defense from Tampa Bay, a scheme
specifically geared toward stopping Moss' specialty, the big play.
Brooks, still looking uncomfortable in silver and black, took
one shot downfield to Moss in the first quarter, but Moss caught
the ball out of bounds.
Signed as a free agent from New Orleans, Brooks is just 2-for-9
for 28 yards, one TD and one interception in Oakland's first two
"Obviously we'd like to have some more productivity out on the
field, but it's still preseason, and it's a new system for pretty
much all of us," Brooks said. "It's going to take time. I have
Sebastian Janikowski's three field goals, including a 55-yarder
in the first quarter, helped the Raiders overcome nine penalties.
The Raiders finally got into the end zone midway through the
second quarter in Moss-like fashion. Andrew Walter hooked up with
Johnnie Morant on a 67-yard touchdown pass for a 13-7 lead. Walter
(10-for-19 for 148 yards and two interceptions) hit Morant in
stride with a perfect pass down the left sideline.
Morant had five catches for 108 yards and the touchdown.
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