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Randy Moss Returns To Minnesota — Now What?

October 7, 2010

Before the ink even had time to dry on the Randy Moss trade, Brad Childress was asked about his ability to keep Favre and Moss from “free-lancing” on offense. His reply summed up the differing opinions on the gamble the Vikings took today.

“We’re already talking about mutiny?” answered Childress.

Despite Chilly’s objections, it’s a valid question. With reports surfacing once again that Favre and Chilly’s relationship is “becoming frostier” with each passing week, Childress is going to have his hands full managing his locker room.

The Vikings locker room is loaded with talent. With 4 potential Hall of Famers — Favre, Hutchinson, Peterson, Moss — on the offensive side of the ball, the only thing that stands in the way of this team piling up points is chemistry. If Childress can find a way to lead the offense to the endzone, this team could be dangerous. If not, this team could self-destruct by the end of October. As Michael Silver of Yahoo! Sports wrote, a player in the locker room characterized the Moss trade as an all-in proposition.

“There’s no C grade on this one. It’ll either be an A or an F,” the player said.

Which brings me to my next question: What happens next? I realize Vikings’ fans are living in the glory of the moment — as they should — but what happens if the Vikings do not live up to expectations during the month of October? The team travels to New Jersey on Monday night to face one of the best teams in football. That game is followed by Dallas at home and then on the road against the Patriots and the Packers. That’s not an easy month, and the Vikings could realistically be looking at two or three losses.

Add the defeats to the core players looking for contract extensions and the Randy Moss deal doesn’t look so great anymore. After this season, the Vikings will have to make contractual decisions on Brett Favre, Tarvaris Jackson, Randy Moss, Sidney Rice, Ray Edwards, Brian Robison, Pat Williams, Chad Greenway, Ben Leber, Lito Sheppard, Husain Abdullah, and Ryan Longwell. Additionally, Adrian Peterson is looking for a new contract. With such a long laundry list to take care of at season’s end, it’s no wonder the team has thrown everything it has into this season.

The Vikings initially insisted that Randy Moss sign a contract extension before the team would agree to a trade, but backing off that requirement was probably a good move. Moss’ new deal probably wouldn’t have sat so well with the aforementioned players.

Football Outsiders’ Doug Farrar provided his own take on lack of a contract extension for Randy Moss.

“The lack of a contract extension has me thinking that Belichick dropped a huge ticking bomb in Brad Childress’ house and ran away quickly,” Farrar wrote on his Twitter account.

If nothing else, the NFC North just got a whole lot more interesting. Personally, I can’t wait to see what happens next.

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  1. October 8, 2010 2:00 pm

    OK, so this is where I differ from Chilly. While I’m more of a Vikings guy than a Packers guy, I have to say that the Packers do what I want the Vikings to do: build teams and skip on the free agent types. Now granted, picking up El Hicko on the D Line was a good snag even if he does have a mullet and wear the number 69 because he thinks it’s funny. But are these things going to continue to pay off? I dunno.

    Here’s what I can say: if they can get shit going on offense, which I thought they could do before Randy Moss was even talked about, they could win the NFC North again. I suspect more likely, they should be in the Wild Card race because Green Bay is going to float by on their easy schedule. Moss will free up the people underneath. He will give Favre some long bomb ability and if Dongslingergate doesn’t prove to be too damaging to Favre’s psychic health, I think they’ve got nothing to do but get better from here.

    But here’s the kicker: lean on Peterson. They’ve gotta, gotta, gotta lean on Peterson. If AP isn’t getting a lot of touches, then the Vikings will lose. They need to let the defense get rest and let it get big stops and then they need to pound, pound, pound until there are mismatches, at which point you go over top fast to the big guy down the field or you play action. I still think that letting Chester go was the biggest mistake they made in the offseason… he was so valuable on third down. That’s when having Favre in there is the most valuable, keep him safe, take the focus on him, and then his veteran instincts pay off (as we saw last year). Make him the center piece of your game plan, and he’s going to looking at the ceiling in that dome all season because everyone figured out after that brutal NO game that he is scareable if he goes to the ground too many times. Old Favre is old (and dirty, apparently).

    That said, the Vikings’ demise has been written far too soon, and I was saying that before the brought in the hired gun. Moss in and of himself isn’t that important, I don’t care about the history or any of that crap: but if he keeps his fucking mouth shut and plays the game and plays to win and fills his role then the Vikings’ offense will be improved. If he gets all prima donna and Favre and he “mutiny” and all this shit, driving the Vikings off the run game and screwing with the offensive schedule, then I think that Chilly will lose his job and whoever takes over next year will be sans a lot of good players and wondering who the hell nuked the roster.

    Someone compared the Vikings to the Yankees the other day. If that’s the case, they’re the Yankees from the 1980s when they couldn’t win shit and they still were paying big for players. They need to be the Patriots or the Twins; building from the ground up with eyes to the future. None of what they’re doing right now is part of that.. and that worries me about this franchise.

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