Randy Moss just completed one of the more bizarre post-game press conferences you will ever see.
First the receiver, who had only one catch during today’s 28-18 loss to the Patriots, announced that he will not be answering any more of the media’s questions for the rest of the season, and doesn’t care how much the NFL fines him. Then he proceeded to sing the praises of his former team the New England Patriots and especially coach Bill Belichick, who he referred to as “the greatest coach in NFL history.”
It quickly became clear that Moss had an ulterior motive in heaping all this praise on the Patriots and Belichick. Moss, obviously, was implying that Vikings coach Brad Childress and his staff do not compare to Belichick and the New England operation. Moss then unleashed a strange and roundabout statement apparently meant as an indictment of the Vikings’ game-planning, which evidently failed to incorporate certain inside advice Moss coughed up about his old team during the week:
Tried to prepare, tried to talk to the players and coaches about how this game was going to be played, couple tendencies here and a couple tendencies here. The bad part about it, is you have six days to prepare for a team, and on the seventh day, that Sunday, meaning today, I guess they come over and say, “Dag Moss, I guess you was right about a couple plays and a couple schemes they were going to run.” And it hurts as a player, that you put a lot of hard work in during the week, and at the end of the week, Sunday, when you get on the field, that’s when they acknowledge about the hard work that you put in throughout the week. That’s actually a disappointment.
Moss then took his most direct shot at Childress, saying he wished the team could’ve had the 3 points Childress left on the field by electing to go for the TD on fourth-and-goal late in the second quarter.
Clearly, Moss has no respect for Childress and his staff. And since he knows he won’t be back next year anyway, there’s no reason for him to be on his best behavior. It will be interesting to see if Childress elects to respond to Moss’ comments with any kind of fine or suspension.
One thing is certain: the 2010 Vikings are quickly descending into chaos. Today’s frustrating loss, which included a veritable defensive meltdown in the second half not to mention several questionable coaching moves, has only added more grease to the skids.