Monday, November 1, 2010

B-RAD Childress versus the WORLD

Picture taken from the movie: "Dream a little Dream...Bret Favre"

Whenever anyone goes onto a boat, the first thing they do is say "I'm on a boat", the second thing they do is run to the front when no one is looking and think "I'm the King of the World!", then they check to make sure no one is watching. Obviously, they don't want to be the tool that is doing the most cliche thing you could possibly do on a boat.

Well Brad Childress was caught being the King of his World today in Minnesota. After the Vikings loss to the Patriots, Childress boarded his little dingy and announced to his team that Randy Moss had been cut from the Vikings, released to waivers, and is now being called out for his arrogance and bad decision making. With Moss being relegated to the land of misfit toys (the worse record teams have the first chance to claim Moss and everyone from Buffalo (1) to New England (32nd) is said to want him), Childress loses a third round draft pick, his team (if anyone was still with him) and the season (2-5).

But here is my thing. Brad Childress has let Brett Favre run this team for the last 2 years. He is one of the best QB's in the history of the NFL and feels like he can do what he pleases. Childress has hitched his wagon to the horse that is Farve and is along for the ride. When the Vikings acquired Moss for a 3rd round draft selection in the 2011 draft, they knew they were getting one of the best wide receivers in the game and his attitude. They knew they had found a chance to turn their season around and also had a "I decide when I play and when I don't", take plays off, temper tantrum waiting to happen.

When that ticking temper tantrum time bomb went off this weekend, how does Brad Childress forget that he was taking the good with the bad? Why did he feel like because he lost respect by another high profile player, that he had the authority to decided to regain control.

The answer is simple. He once again was to become the king of his world and wanted to let everyone know. Instead of handling the situation, talking to Moss, earning the respect, he got rid of him. It's kind of like going to Lowe's, buying a riding lawn mower and throwing it away after it ran out of gas. Instead of filling it up with fuel, you just chuck it despite the $1,200 you just threw down. And while it didn't break you, it is still a heavy sum of money you just threw down the drain for three or four cuts, the grass will grow back and you'll have nothing to show for your investment.

According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Childress troubles didn't go away this afternoon when Percy Harvin, the Vikings #2 receiver, sat down with the Minneapolis Star Tribune

Despite being limited, Harvin had a huge performance with six catches for 104 yards. Afterward, he questioned his team's lack of adjustments in the second half.

"In the second half they made a couple of adjustments, and I think we played into their hands," he said. "They were ready for a couple of our plays there in the second half. We didn't do a good job of making adjustments. That's why [Patriots coach Bill] Belichick is as good as he is. He makes those adjustments. They were able to pull it out."

Asked why the Vikings had problems doing that, Harvin smiled and paused for a few seconds. "It's a team effort," he said. "It's all of us, got to put a little more effort. It's little things."
Sorry Brad, your antics didn't work so well and I don't see the Vikings parting ways with Harvin tomorrow after speaking out of turn.

While Moss won't be on the field or sidle lines anymore for the purple and gold, I think this marked the end of two careers in Minnesota today and Childress as a head coach. He doesn't have the locker room behind him, he has lost the fan base, and with the 2-5 record and the Moss/Favre debacles he won't have the ownership and his job for long.

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