Jon Krawczynski / AP Sports Writer, Published November 04 2010
Vikings coach Brad Childress takes the blame for Randy Moss fiasco
Higher than when the Vikings went 6-10 in his first year on the job. Higher than when fans filled the Metrodome with chants of “Fire Childress!” in 2008.
Childress spoke Wednesday, two days after deciding to cut the former Marshall star less than a month into his second stint in Minnesota. He declined to answer repeated questions about the specifics of the decision, including the motives behind it and whom he consulted before placing the receiver on waivers.
“It was a poor decision,” Childress said, referring to the Oct. 6 deal in which the Vikings sent a third-round draft choice to the Patriots for Moss. “I’ve got to stand up and I have to make it right. When it’s not right, you need to make it right.”
Vikings owner Zygi Wilf, who signed off on bringing Moss back to Minnesota and increasing the team payroll by about $5 million, has declined comment.
Childress is also under heavy criticism for the way the transaction was handled, which has reflected poorly on the organization. Childress did not mention his plans to waive Moss during a news conference Monday that was broadcast live to fans across the state, minutes before he told his players in a team meeting that Moss wasn’t coming back.
He finally issued a statement more than six hours after the news first broke.
“I have to answer for my decisions,” Childress said. “In the long run with ownership, obviously, my name is affixed to wins and losses in this program here. So, it’s not an attempt to deceive, it’s just a matter of letting the people know that need to know. And when we came out with the statement, that’s when all that had been done.”
The latest mess comes on top of a 2-5 start for a veteran team that expected to make a run at the Super Bowl, prompting questions about Childress’ job security.
“I’d say that’s up to everybody else to look at,” Childress said. “I know that basically it’s usually tied to how many wins you have and how many losses you have.”
Moss didn’t help much in that department. The Vikings lost three of the four games he played in purple, and his antics in the locker room and during a postgame rant to the media only made the situation worse.
Moss first raised some eyebrows in the Vikings’ locker room last Friday when he berated a caterer who brought in food for the team after practice.
“I wouldn’t do it,” Brett Favre said. “I was sitting in my locker eating the food. I thought it was pretty good.”