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Vikings feared that Percy was becoming another Randy

A flurry of factoids from Ed Werder, Adam Schefter, and Chris Mortensen at the top of ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown regarding the sad state of affairs in Minnesota overlooked one key reality that has been lost in the shuffle ever since Randy Moss was abruptly dumped six days ago.

Per a league source, the Vikings organization feared that the presence of Randy Moss was making Percy Harvin into another Randy Moss.

The duo became inseparable not long after Moss arrived in October.  “They were the new Batman and Robin,” the source said.  “The new T.O. and Ochocinco.” 

And so Harvin, who already was a bit of a primadonna, was becoming more and more like Moss.

Though other factors weighed into the decision (and even though many in the front office) didn’t want to dump Moss), Randy’s influence on Percy was a big part of the problem.

Indeed, look at what Harvin did on Friday.  Yes, it’s fashionable to blame coach Brad Childress for everything bad that happens in Minnesota (and he arguably deserves every bit of it).  But the reality as reported by Werder that Childress and Harvin nearly came to blows on Friday and the suggestion by Mort that Harvin told teammates it took all of his restraint to not punch Childress makes Harvin only a stone’s throw from being the NFL’s version of Latrell Sprewell. 

So while Schefter detailed various other reasons why owner Zygi Wilf considered firing Childress (e.g., the handling of the question of whether Brett Favre would play last week and the decision to go for a touchdown and not a field goal late in the first half), Childress may have done the franchise a favor by getting Moss out of there before it was too late to keep Percy from becoming as insufferable as Randy.

Then again, to undo the damage that already has been done, Childress likely needs to go, too.

As to the notion that Childress’ 2009 contract extension has saved him, we think that in the end it won’t.  It sounds as if Childress has done more than enough to justify a termination with cause, which would cut off his right to future payments.  At this point, we’d be surprised if Wilf doesn’t take a page out of the Al Davis no-more-pay playbook.

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  1. cheeseweasel says: Nov 7, 2010 11:33 AM

    Two “Fire Childress” stories within a half hour? Holy Cats, Mike, there’s got to be another story out there. Make one up if you have to, but you’ve beaten this one to death.

  2. JimmySmith says: Nov 7, 2010 11:35 AM

    I assume Percy becoming more like Randy Moss would be a good thing, the bigger fear for the Viings is Childress becoming more like Rod “0-16″ Marinelli.
    Now that the situation has evolved into Decon 5, all we can do is pray the Vikings win today to save Col Klink from the firing squad.

  3. superb owl says: Nov 7, 2010 11:36 AM

    i suggested firing him for cause a few days ago. i think bringing the destructive moss aboard, and being an offensive offensive coach and mollycoddling favre are better reasons to can childress.
    then again, childress has a point regarding the negative moss influence on harvin.
    http://members.mountain.net/theanalyticpapers/blacks.htm

  4. anthem says: Nov 7, 2010 11:36 AM

    funny

  5. Pervy *Harvin* says: Nov 7, 2010 11:37 AM

    Favre needs to grab Percy and shake some sense into him.Moss was like the bad kid that influences your good kid to be a trouble maker.Chilly…well don’t matter,he is Viking history later today or tom.

  6. anthem says: Nov 7, 2010 11:37 AM

    funny

  7. jvw says: Nov 7, 2010 11:37 AM

    How about you think about how a player with a reputation is going to affect teamates before you part with a 3 round pick……..Please dont fire Childress this shit is too good……

  8. fu.off says: Nov 7, 2010 11:38 AM

    Zygi, cut him loose and cut him quick. Childress is the cancer on this team, just like he was last year. A petty, vindictive, passive-aggressive little tyrant, he’s got to go NOW.

  9. David says: Nov 7, 2010 11:40 AM

    You don’t fire a coach because he went for a TD on 4th & goal from the one centimeter line. You fire him because he’s a) lost the respect of the locker room, b) the team’s record doesn’t match the talent c) a history of poor playoff performance.
    Brad Childress is guilty on all counts.

  10. winslow says: Nov 7, 2010 11:40 AM

    The more the situation is revealed, the more obvious it becomes that Cancer Randy has struck again. When he wasn’t abusing caterers, he was serving as a toxic role model for semiliterate malcontents.
    Blame Childress for acquiring Moss..not for flushing him.
    Batten down the hatches, Tennessee. And provide your food service personnel with flak jackets.

  11. Fantavet says: Nov 7, 2010 11:40 AM

    Maybe the Pats should give the Vikes their third round pick back for Harvin

  12. flop 4 strahan says: Nov 7, 2010 11:44 AM

    Once again – cosmic justice for the Queens tampering w/ Brett during his ‘retirement’.
    If any organization truly deserves this train wreck it’s the Queenies.
    Take your roided-up Williams boys, Love Boat sail’n, wizzinator wearin’, poisen pill RFA contracts, piped-in phony crowd noise, player tamperin’, trash bag stadium, no Super Bowl winnin’, bad rug wearin’ owner, lame no-show fans and hit the road to LA

  13. argos says: Nov 7, 2010 11:45 AM

    Holy hell can we just play the frickin games and get on with it.

  14. Real Football Fan says: Nov 7, 2010 11:46 AM

    Freared Moss changing him into a pain in the butt? Why do you think he would have probably slipped out of the first round had the Vikings not selected him? The nightmare stories coming out of Gainesville when he was there were all to frequent, so i think that he had the pain in the butt routine down already.

  15. DP says: Nov 7, 2010 11:50 AM

    Vikings got what they deserved. Who told them to hire Chilly (aka. mini “very mini” Andy Reid) in the first place? The way he mangled the QB situation in Minny from the jump should have gotten him fired. Chilly’s got no clue on the field or in the FO. He wasn’t even a “real” coordinator here in Philly b/c Andy ran the offense. The teams were good not b/c Chilly was a genius, but b/c we had good defenses and Mc5 had gas in the tank. How do you expect players to respect a never was?

  16. CanadianVikingFanII says: Nov 7, 2010 11:50 AM

    Not necessarily true. Remember Troy Williamson? He wanted to go fist to fist with Chilly on the 50yard line 2 years ago in Jacksonville.

  17. GeauxldnGurl says: Nov 7, 2010 11:54 AM

    This has got to be one of the dumbest things I’ve ever read. Percy Harvin is acting like Percy Harvin. He’s a grown man. Who doesn’t want to punch Childress these days? I mean, besides the Packers? lol

  18. carp killah says: Nov 7, 2010 11:59 AM

    As a Bears fan, I would love to see any of the WRs in Chicago act more like Moss. We’d take him (and Harvin, for that matter).
    You’d think that Favre would step up and play a leadership role. He’s clearly in the twilight of his career, probably one of the only players (haven’t examined their roster) on the team who has won a Super Bowl, and you’d think the level of BS coming out of his mouth would be low, he’s got to win now if it’s going to happen.
    The bigger story here is that Favre has been relatively silent. I take that as evidence that he’s checked out mentally. This team will be lucky to win another game.
    If you’re Adrian Peterson, you know they’re gonna strap you up and give you the ball 40 times a game, why should you be all fired up to get beat to a pulp each week?
    Not good.
    Has there ever been a bigger example of mis-management of a greater group of talent in NFL history?
    He’s got to go. But again, as a Bears fan, I enjoy having the heat off us. Stay as long as you’d like, Chilly.

  19. contract says: Nov 7, 2010 12:02 PM

    “At this point, we’d be surprised if Wilf doesn’t take a page out of the Al Davis no-more-pay playbook.”
    And the Vikings will have top coaches lining up for that job opening … just like the Raiders do.

  20. dvic13 says: Nov 7, 2010 12:03 PM

    The fact that he was able to restrain himself from punching Childress makes him the exact opposite of Latrell Sprewell. Almost everyone has had a boss they would like to knock out.

  21. frank booth says: Nov 7, 2010 12:06 PM

    Pervy *Harvin* says:
    November 7, 2010 11:37 AM
    Favre needs to grab Percy and shake some sense into him.Moss was like the bad kid that influences your good kid to be a trouble maker.Chilly…well don’t matter,he is Viking history later today or tom.
    ===================================
    Sure, because advice coming from a diva who can’t make a decision and then sends another team employee pictures of his schwanstucker is advice that can be relied on.

  22. Chuck says: Nov 7, 2010 12:09 PM

    i hate Chilly as much as the next fella, but it’s good to see him get tired of this drama queen Harvin, does anyone really believe all these illnesses and injuries he has? He’s worse than Favre.

  23. Roxtar10 says: Nov 7, 2010 12:10 PM

    The problem in Minny is Favre. He’s there for a paycheck. He’s not taking the lead in the locker-room and watching as Randy pollutes Percy Harvin with the primadonna attitude, not stepping in for the caterer, not repairing the relationship with his coach for the benefit of the team. He’s not concentrating on winning. He’s concentraining on his final season paycheck…and how to re-call pictures of his dinger sent out to the women of New York…

  24. ClayMath52 says: Nov 7, 2010 12:10 PM

    Harvin=Punk. How much would you have been paid had Childress not come down to FL and decide to take you in the first round? You would’ve been a second round pick and lost at least a couple Mil. What a chump.

  25. Diehardvikingfan1990 says: Nov 7, 2010 12:12 PM

    What has Percy ever done to show he has “primdonna” tendencies. Die Hard Viking fan and has never seen any such signs of him being at all like a primadonna. And Childress is an idiot and this is not new to me, I said this since the day he was hired, so I feel like the smartest guy ever. It’s all good though, everybody is always a step behind me because I have forsight. I could see it. And just like I tell you win or lose he’s gone and the problems will go away.

  26. Macleod says: Nov 7, 2010 12:13 PM

    A better story would be if you could find anybody that deals with Childress and DOES NOT want to punch him in the face! I want to punch him in the face every time I see his picture on ESPN.

  27. Pervy *Harvin* says: Nov 7, 2010 12:17 PM

    frank booth….Favre is a hard core player,a legend.Diva shit came after he earned the right…you know,15 years later! I nominate you PFT Dunce of the Month

  28. BigBear123 says: Nov 7, 2010 12:17 PM

    Harvin was drafted so late because of his attitude. Moss merely sped up the process.

  29. CalViking says: Nov 7, 2010 12:41 PM

    Coach Clueless = Dead man walking.

  30. Ken1313 says: Nov 7, 2010 12:42 PM

    Let’s not always blame Randy Moss for all the problems in the NFL.
    1) Randy Moss, while a diva, has always had great things said about him by his teammates everywhere he has played.
    2) Percy harvin already is a diva…Randy Moss’ presence for 3 weeks didnt do that…it was already a fact.
    3) Management needs to show thatthey run the show with all the players. Not just Childress…but each and every coach on that team.
    4) Childress is not a good coach…but he isn’t the anti-christ some make him out to be….neither is randy Moss.
    It’s time to let the Randy Moss stories die……he isnt a Patriot…he isn’t a Viking any more……let’s see what happens in tennessee

  31. green man says: Nov 7, 2010 12:47 PM

    pussy harvin was a piece of shite long before Randy showed up…

  32. Slim Charles says: Nov 7, 2010 12:49 PM

    And this is why Childress is a moron. It’s like when a guy blames his girlfriend cheating on him on those sluts she was hanging out with.

  33. Ken1313 says: Nov 7, 2010 12:50 PM

    Let’s not always blame Randy Moss for all the problems in the NFL.
    1) Randy Moss, while a diva, has always had great things said about him by his teammates everywhere he has played.
    2) Percy harvin already is a diva…Randy Moss’ presence for 3 weeks didnt do that…it was already a fact.
    3) Management needs to show thatthey run the show with all the players. Not just Childress…but each and every coach on that team.
    4) Childress is not a good coach…but he isn’t the anti-christ some make him out to be….neither is randy Moss.
    It’s time to let the Randy Moss stories die……he isnt a Patriot…he isn’t a Viking any more……let’s see what happens in tennessee

  34. Gunner420 says: Nov 7, 2010 1:02 PM

    If I was Percy, I’d be pretty upset too!
    Before Moss came back the offense couldn’t do a thing. When he arrived the defense had to play deeper and commit 2 player to Moss, freeing up the running game and passes underneath. Percy had two awesome games because of this. Moss is gone now, the defenses will play up close shutting down the run and Percy.
    The Vikings are done and can’t over come the other issues that are there….no sacks, poor O line.
    Chilly screwed the team and fans…get rid of him!

  35. jimmySee says: Nov 7, 2010 1:20 PM

    Pervy *Harvin* says:
    November 7, 2010 12:17 PM
    frank booth….Favre is a hard core player,a legend.Diva shit came after he earned the right…you know,15 years later! I nominate you PFT Dunce of the Month
    ————————————————————-
    I agree with Pervy on this — diva status has to be earned. Harvin has a loooong way to go on that.

  36. MNSUX says: Nov 7, 2010 1:21 PM

    #
    # Pervy *Harvin* says: November 7, 2010 12:17 PM
    frank booth….Favre is a hard core player,a legend.Diva shit came after he earned the right…you know,15 years later! I nominate you PFT Dunce of the Month
    _______________
    Just because you are ignorant do not call out someone else…..anyone that knew the Favre situation knows he has been a diva since Holmgren left, just because you are now learning about it doesn’t make it the way it is, just means you are a little late to hear about Favre’s doings.
    And as for the title of PFT Dunce of the Month, you came in 3rd, behind Arctic and Majik, and just ahead of Deb. Congrats!

  37. Purple People Eater says: Nov 7, 2010 2:35 PM

    Are we talking about the guy with the ankle injury listed as probable for the game that at halftime has 5 receptions for 85 yards? Yeah sounds like a real primadonna to me. I want to punch Childress. He is an idiot and has been making bad decisions for years now. They are just showing more right now. He has needed to go for a long time. Farve being around is the ONLY thing that let him go on for this long. The lackluster performance of the first half today shows a team not inspired to play. That starts with the coaching staff.

  38. frank booth says: Nov 7, 2010 5:49 PM

    Pervy *Harvin* says:
    November 7, 2010 12:17 PM
    frank booth….Favre is a hard core player,a legend.Diva shit came after he earned the right…you know,15 years later! I nominate you PFT Dunce of the Month
    ===================================
    And that legendary status was earned as a Packer, not as a Viking. And being a legend doesn’t earn anyone the right to be an A-hole.
    Then again, you’re a Viking fan, so you don’t mind that kind of behavior.

  39. Pervy *Harvin* says: Nov 8, 2010 6:30 PM

    @ frank booth….Come on bud.Bring it in.Do you need a hug? I hear terrible things happen to alter boys …I’m here for you my brutha…

  40. sand0 says: Nov 8, 2010 6:56 PM

    Obviously Chilly is the sole reason for every loss and every win and bit of success the team has is 100% nothing to do with him. Convenient logic is sound logic.
    I think it is important also to ignore that Favre set a career high in passing yards after getting rid of Moss. Obviously getting rid of Moss makes this team and the passing game worse, just like everyone expected.

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