When last I fired up the keyboard to speak of Randy Moss, I likened following the developing story to being a cat with its head on a swivel, following a flashlight beam across a wall. That feeling continues.
...[the] receiver was awarded to the Tennessee Titans off waivers. The Titans (5-3) were 23rd in the waiver order — which goes from the team with the worst record to the best — and they were the only team to put in a claim on Moss... (NYT)
But wait a minute...I mean what...why...
"It was a poor decision," Childress said of the Oct. 7 deal in which the Vikings gave up a third-round pick to acquire Moss from the New England Patriots.
"It didn't work out," the coach said. "Not going to get into any particulars. We have an internal process we go through.
"It was a decision you don't take lightly, but it was a decision I had to make."
Childress didn't mention the move when he told reporters Monday morning that Moss was staying back in the Boston area for a few days to spend time with family.
On Wednesday, the coach explained his actions.
"As long as the right people are contacted in the right order, I think that's important," Childress said. "I have to answer for my decision. It's not an attempt to deceive, just let people know who need to know. That's why he was not on the waiver wire that day (Monday)." (NFL.com)
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I cannot even imagine being a Vikings fan right now. Or a player, for that matter. Or a coach. Or parking lot attendant.
Michael Kun writes in Washington Post NFL blog The League --
What's happened in the past couple days -- actually, what's happened in the past month -- may well be unprecedented.
It was unprecedented for a star player to be traded mid-season from one Super Bowl contender to another, for a draft pick no less (even if it is a valuable pick). It's equally unprecedented for that same star player to be waived weeks later by his new team.
If you can think of anything comparable, I'm all ears.
I know I can't.
I also think Kun's title, "One word: Wow", is appropriate, and wish I'd gotten to it first.
Meanwhile, I have a couple of bulletins here from the "Just Sayin'" department:
- Starting all the way back with Terry Glenn through Deion Branch's holdout, and all the way to Randy Moss's ultimate implosion, Bill Belichick seems to come out of these contract standoffs smelling like a rose and looking like a genius That man knows how this game is played. And I'm not referring to football.
- Know who the happiest guy in the Patriots locker room must be right now? Logan Mankins. The Pats finally paid him, so he's coming back -- and he probably knows that would've put him under the microscope this week if it hadn't been for Randy's Jerry Springer-esque talent for drama. I can only imagine Mankins is relieved Moss let him fly under the radar.