Mark November 3, 2010 on your calendars kids. Cause today is the day Brad Childress finally admitted he made a mistake.
While addressing the media about the decision to cut Randy Moss, Chilly willingly acknowledged that he erred in bringing the volatile Moss onto a team that was already rife with turmoil and didn’t need another distraction.
“It was a poor decision,” Childress said of the move to acquire Moss from New England for a 3rd round draft pick. “I’ve got to stand up and I have to make it right. When it’s not right, you need to make it right.”
Childress refused to get into the particulars of his thought process, but would only say that the decision to cut Moss was “probably the most unemotional decision I’ve made in this job here.”
When pressed by reporters on the issue of how he handled the move protocol-wise – lying to reporters, not telling Moss himself, forcing players to act as his spokesmen, etc., – the coach only offered deflections. “I think as long as the right people are contacted in the right order I think that that’s important,” Chilly said of his unorthodox approach. “Obviously, it wouldn’t have served a purpose to come out here and tell you guys and have you go running with it before the dominoes start to go down.”
Childress also insisted he had Zygi Wilf‘s full support in making the move. It had been reported that Wilf was irked with Childress, perhaps not because of the move itself, but more over Childress’ failure to go through proper procedures. When asked if he thought his job was in jeopardy over the fiasco Childress only said he “wouldn’t know that.”
In defense of his own personnel-judging acumen, Childress rattled off a list of players who have been acquired during his administration and generally performed well while also behaving themselves. “You hope all your personnel decisions work out for the best, and whether you talk about the [Jared] Allens or the [Steve] Hutchinsons or the [Visanthe] Shiancoes or the Chester Taylors or the Percy Harvins, some work out and some don’t work out,” Childress said.
Moss, it’s safe to say, didn’t work out.