Because the Vikings passing attack was ranked 8th in the NFL a year ago with WR Sidney Rice and now ranks just 24th in the NFL without Rice, many are concluding that Rice’s absence is a critical component to the slow-to-go passing game.
Consequently, many are also wondering if the acquisition of Randy Moss on Wednesday is an indication that Rice’s recovery from a hip injury that has bothered him since last year’s NFC Championship Game is going a bit slower than anticipated.
Speaking with an assembled group of reporters for the 1st time since his team acquired Moss, Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress indicated the move to bring Moss back to Minnesota is a product of trying to improve the quality of the roster and not a response to the progress of Rice’s recovery.
“I can’t say that we’ve been wringing our hands about where Sidney Rice is at (in his recovery),” Childress explained on Wednesday. “He’s about where we thought he’d be; exactly as they advertised, that he was going to be on crutches for six weeks. That was a given. It was a rare opportunity for us to be able to take advantage of a guy who is arguably a Hall of Fame player and still has pretty good tread on the tire.”
The Vikings will look to utilize the tread remaining on Moss’ tires to stretch the field. Moss remains one of the game’s most lethal deep threats and possesses an uncanny combination of size, speed and ability to out-work defenders to the football. Minnesota fans fell in love with Moss’ skillset when he broke into the league in 1998 as a Viking and won NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year honors.
Aside from his physical abilities, though, Childress told reporters that another attractive attribute of Moss’ is his football IQ. Moss is in his 13th season and he’s seen every defensive tactic in the book.
“I think the other thing is he’s not a rookie,” Childress said. “He’s been to handling school. He gets coverages. He’s an extremely smart guy when you watch what he does. By all accounts he’s a pretty good student of the game.”
Childress was also asked how he felt about the manner in which Moss would be welcomed back into the Vikings locker room. Moss was traded away from the Vikings following the 2004 season.
“Good players are generally accepted very well in the locker room,” the Vikings head coach said. “I just saw Antoine Winfield in there. There are six or seven guys that played here with him and are tickled to death. I know Antoine’s got a grin from ear-to-ear.”
Judging by what Moss’ new teammates have been telling us in the last few hours, Childress is correct in that the Vikings newest offensive weapon will be welcomed to the locker room with open arms.
“We’re always looking for an opportunity to make this football team better,” Childress said. “Our organization and our ownership is committed to that. You try to be as resourceful as you can and I’m happy that obviously they supported this move.”
A few other notes from Childress’ press conference…
– Moss signed a 3-year contract extension with New England a few years back and that deal expires following the 2010 season. Childress was asked if an extension of Moss’ contract was in the offing, but he declined to delve into the details and said the Vikings would “cross that bridge when we get there.”
– Childress, who spoke with Moss early Wednesday while the WR was taking his daughter to school, said Moss was “in a good frame of mind.”
– Because the Vikings have already had their bye and the Patriots will have theirs this week, Moss is slated to play in 17 games this season.
– Moss will become just the 2nd player in NFL history to play in a Monday Night Football game in back-to-back weeks. Last week the Patriots played at Miami on MNF and this week the Vikings will travel to New York for a MNF showdown with the Jets.
– Childress downplayed any role QB Brett Favre may have played in the process of acquiring Moss. Favre and Moss have been linked together repeatedly in the past with trade rumors.
– I thought one of the best statements Childress made during his presser was in response to a series of questions that surrounded some incidents Moss has had with coaches, teammates or others in the past. Childress said, “I’m just satisfied to judge him, not backwards, but judge him going forward and what he does with us here at the Vikings now.”
Tags: Randy Moss, Sidney Rice
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Reaction to the Vikings acquisition of Randy Moss will likely continue to trickle in, so rather than come up with creative paragraphs to introduce each quote, we’re just going to compile a working list of quotes.
We’ll begin with a new one from RB Adrian Peterson, and then include the thoughts we’ve already placed on other parts of the site. As new players chime in, we’ll add their quote to the top of this list.
Mark Wilf: “This is an exciting day for the Vikings organization and our fans. Randy has a special place in this organization’s history and we’re looking forward to his contributions going forward. It’s important to add good football players to the roster whenever possible, and with Randy we feel that’s exactly what we’ve done. We welcome him back to the team.”
Jared Allen: “Awesome. That’s the only way to describe it. He’s a heck of a player. That guy is a beast.”
Antoine Winfield: “I’m excited. I played one year with him here (2004) and he’s a great teammate. He’ll be great for our locker room. And he still has the skillset to get the job done.”
Adrian Peterson: “It’s a great move getting Randy Moss in here. We’ve just been missing something and I think he can give us another threat down the field. The opportunity to play with a guy like Randy Moss, one of the best wide receivers to ever play the game, that’s a chance that doesn’t come along every day. I’ve always been a fan of his and still am to this day. To have a chance to perform on the field with him and the talent that we have gathered here is pretty amazing.”
Brett Favre: “This is an exciting move, I think everybody feels that in the locker room. It’s rare you get to play with a future Hall of Famer and get to appreciate their talents up close. Randy Moss is a great player and his career speaks for itself. I’ve admired him from a distance for a long time and you can’t help but be impressed by the guy.”
Kevin Williams: “I think everybody was a little surprised when they heard the news, but I think it’s a good move. It will give us a spark and open some things up. Randy’s a guy who has always worked at his craft and I think that has showed over his whole career. He’s been successful and been a part of winning a lot of games. He’s one of the most competitive guys I’ve ever played with and I’m happy to have him back with us.”
Brad Childress: “We feel very good about the opportunity to add a player of Randy Moss’ caliber to this football team. He is a tremendous competitor and was an integral member of the Vikings organization from 1998-2004. Once again, ownership was completely supportive of our efforts to add a valuable football player to our team. I know the entire organization is thrilled to welcome him back to the Twin Cities and look forward to his contributions.”
Tags: Adrian Peterson, Antoine Winfield, Jared Allen, Kevin Williams, Mark Wilf, Randy Moss
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Rumors of a potential trade of Randy Moss to the Vikings and then confirmation of the deal have dominated the sports and NFL landscape over the past 18 hours. In that time you’ve surely heard a lot of opinions regarding the trade, from national voices to local reporters.
But now that it’s a done deal, it’ll be interesting to hear what some of the current Vikings have to say about the development. Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress has already explained that Vikings ownership was supportive during the process of acquiring Moss and that the organization is thrilled to have Moss back in the fold.
A couple of Vikings captains have also chimed in on the matter and have echoed Childress’ sentiments.
“This is an exciting move, I think everybody feels that in the locker room,” QB Brett Favre said. “It’s rare you get to play with a future Hall of Famer and get to appreciate their talents up close. Randy Moss is a great player and his career speaks for itself. I’ve admired him from a distance for a long time and you can’t help but be impressed by the guy.”
DT Kevin Williams, who played with Moss in Minnesota for 2 seasons (2003-04), welcomed the addition and said the acquisition will give the team a spark
“I think everybody was a little surprised when they heard the news, but I think it’s a good move,” Williams said. “It will give us a spark and open some things up. Randy’s a guy who has always worked at his craft and I think that has showed over his whole career. He’s been successful and been a part of winning a lot of games. He’s one of the most competitive guys I’ve ever played with and I’m happy to have him back with us.”
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For the last several years, fans have wished for it. For the last 15 hours the entire sports world has buzzed about it.
And now it’s official.
The Vikings have reached a deal with the New England Patriots to acquire WR Randy Moss, a 6-time Pro Bowler who began his career and took the NFL by storm with the Vikings in 1998.
The acquisition of Moss is a sensational move for the Vikings. But the addition is as much about substance as it is about style. Moss will be a good fit with the Vikings because of his ability to stretch defenses and haul in downfield passes from QB Brett Favre.
Inserting Moss into the lineup immediately provides Favre with a downfield target who has made a career out of burning defenses over the top. The Vikings passing offense has been slow-to-go so far in 2010, but the Vikings will look for Moss to change that quickly.
It didn’t take Moss long to make an impact when he first joined the Vikings in ‘98. A key element in the Vikings record-setting offense that season, Moss hauled in 17 TDs and 1,313 receiving yards along the way to earning NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year honors.
Expecting an impact that dramatic in 2010 might be a bit ambitious, but the Vikings don’t need Moss to provide such gaudy numbers. The offense features superstar RB Adrian Peterson as well as pass-catchers such as TE Visanthe Shiancoe and WRs Bernard Berrian and Percy Harvin. Each of those players has a niche in head coach Brad Childress’ offense, but Moss brings that downfield element which has lacked so far this season.
Much has been made about the Vikings challenging stretch of games in October, where they will hit the road to play at the Jets this week, return home to play the Cowboys and then head back out on the road for back-to-back games against the Packers and, yes, the Patriots.
So the addition of Moss comes not a moment too early and it’s just another example of the Vikings commitment to bringing a Super Bowl victory to Minnesota.
Tags: Adrian Peterson, Percy Harvin, Randy Moss, Visanthe Shiancoe
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All the i’s have been dotted and the t’s crossed. The Vikings have reached a deal with the New England Patriots to acquire WR Randy Moss.
Other terms of the trade have not been disclosed and the deal is contingent on Moss passing a physical examination.
Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress will address the media at Winter Park at 2:30 p.m. CT today and Moss will be available to the media after tomorrow’s (Thursday) practice.
Moss will wear #84.
Much more to come shortly, so stay tuned to vikings.com.
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Door-to-door sales of items such as girl scout cookies or boy scout popcorn is a regular thing for many Americans, including NFL head coaches. At least it was for Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress last week.
A scout from the Northern Star Council Boy Scouts of America and chaperone visited Childress in his office at Winter Park last week to deliver a box of popcorn, which the head coach had presumably ordered just as so many other Americans do each year when the girl scouts and boy scouts appear knocking at the door.
One aspect of purchasing popcorn from the Boy Scouts of America that likely hits close to home for Childress is that customers have the option of donating product to military men and women; Childress has a son currently serving in the armed forces. I’m guessing Childress checked the box on the bottom of the order form with no hesitation to donate some popcorn to the men and women bravely serving our country.
If you’re interested in purchasing Trail’s End popcorn via the Northern Star Council Boy Scouts of America, click here. Or you can call this number: 651-254-9147.
A few other interesting facts…
– The 1st Boy Scout popcorn sale was in 1980. Evansville, Indiana Scouts sold Trail’s End Popcorn for the first time.
– The Northern Star Council is comprised of scouts in the Twin Cities Metro area, 21 counties in central MN and 4 counties in Western Wisconsin.
– More than 70% of the purchase price goes to fund local Scouting programs.
– In 2010, on average across the Trail’s End line, consumers will get 20% more product than before.
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