As the Vikings try to move on from the sudden release of receiver Randy Moss, the guy more accustomed to signing the checks has met with the players in the hopes of turning the page.
Alex Marvez of FOXSports.com reports that owner Zygi Wilf visited team headquarters Wednesday and met with the players to address the situation. Per Marvez, Wilf apologized for the distraction created by the situation and expressed optimism about the team’s chances.
Marvez also confirms, as Adam Schefter of ESPN first suggested on Monday night, that Wilf was “infuriated” with the decision of coach Brad Childress to wield his power over the 53-man roster without telling Wilf first. On Wednesday, Marvez reported that Childress “alienated” key members of the front office by making the move without seeking their input.
None of it looks goods for Childress. Marvez speculates (accurately, we think) that a loss to the Cardinals on Sunday could get Childress run out the door. Childress likely knows that, but he presumably assumed that, with Moss around, losses would continue to pile up.
In this regard, it’s impossible to ignore Childress’ experiences five years ago in Philadelphia. He was at the center of the T.O. storm, dressed down in the preseason by the wideout who wanted out and ultimately asked to testify at the arbitration hearing that did nothing to help the defending NFC champions get back to the postseason. So at a time when multiple league insiders have suggested that Childress should have merely suspended Moss without pay for conduct detrimental to the team, Childress has been down that road before — and he apparently wanted no part of playing that game again.
Of course, none of this changes the fact that he handled the situation as badly as a big move like this ever has been handled. And we can only imagine the heated words exchanged within the organization between the time Childress informed the players of the move early Monday afternoon and the moment that evening when the Vikings finally announced that it was coming. The ice can get no thinner for Chilly, and a loss to Arizona could indeed cause him to fall through it.