Now that the Vikings have said goodbye to Randy Moss after just four games, the big question is why Brad Childress did it. The Vikings coach isn’t being specific just yet. “The decision was based on what we thought was in the best interests of the Vikings, both in the short and long term,” he said in a statement released by the team.
But I can’t help but wonder if Childress’ previous experience with another temperamental receiver prompted him to prematurely cut ties with Moss. Terrell Owens, anyone?
While Andy Reid was the focal point of the Owens controversy in Philadelphia in 2005 - the year the Eagles ultimately suspended and de-activated him after a series of incidents related mostly to Owens' anger at his contract not being renegotiated - Childress, the Eagles' offensive coordinator at the time, was a frequent target of Owens’ outbursts during training camp.
In fact, Owens was forced into a one-week exile during the preseason after a heated dispute with Reid that had followed a shouting match with Childress.
So while it remains to be seen exactly what exactly precipitated his ouster from the Vikings, it’s well within the realm of possibility that Childress drew on his experience with Owens and decided to cut ties with Moss rather than endure more controversy with a player who clearly didn’t want to remain with the team.
The Vikings placed Moss on waivers today, and teams have until 4 p.m. tomorrow to put a claim in for Moss. It remains to be seen just how many teams place a claim on him, but there seems to be a strong possibility that several teams with a need at receiver will give it a shot. The Redskins are the most frequently mentioned possibility, but the Rams and Dolphins – and possibly the Patriots – are also potential destinations.