Brad Childress finally ticked off the one person he couldn’t afford to tick off: owner Zygi Wilf. According to reports, Wilf is less-than-thrilled with Childress’ decision to jettison Randy Moss a day after Moss took some public shots at Chilly.
What really has Zygi’s underwear in a bunch is the fact that Childress came to this decision without bothering to consult either him or personnel guy Rick Spielman. Rather than go through a proper process, Childress acted unilaterally, apparently in his own defense and possibly against the best interests of the team. That is not how a professional football coach is supposed to roll, and now the speculation is that Wilf could chop off Chilly’s head in an attempt at saving the season.
In Childress’ defense, it appears Randy’s bad behavior went beyond merely calling Chilly out in public. Reportedly, Moss made an unendearing spectacle of himself during a catered team meal last week, slamming the food in front of the local caterers and basically making everyone incredibly uncomfortable. Moss further hurt his case with Childress and his teammates by staying in New England after Sunday’s game rather than flying home with the team.
Moss’ selfishness and rude behavior may have gotten bad enough to warrant his being cut, but none of this justifies the shady, frankly gutless way Childress went about dealing with the issue. Yesterday, rather than lie to reporters in his press conference, then leave it to players to call Moss and tell him he was cut, Childress should’ve postponed his presser, called Moss himself, informed the team, then told the media.
Moss may be an arrogant jerk, but Childress is a sniveling weenie. It’s hard to root for either guy in this one. And it’s hard to see how the Vikings possibly turn their season around after this latest ridiculous episode.