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Childress: Acquiring Moss A “Rare Opportunity”

Posted by Mike Wobschall on October 6, 2010 – 4:05 pm

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.”


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22 Responses to “Childress: Acquiring Moss A “Rare Opportunity””

  1. By Ben on Oct 6, 2010 | Reply

    Soo excited :D Will he be regaining his no. 84 jersey, or gettin a new number

  2. By WTF on Oct 6, 2010 | Reply

    @Ben – yes, it said in an earlier blog today (yea I know there are a few dozen to sort through) that he IS returning to #84.

  3. By 84 is back on Oct 6, 2010 | Reply

    Nice seeing the guy wearing the Moss jersey behind home plate at the Twins game!!!!!!

  4. By Lito on Oct 6, 2010 | Reply

    Mr. WIlf and Management gets an A plus plus plus plus. Now we have a genuine deep threat. Vikes will dominate. It would be nice if they can get another humongous offensive lineman to beef up the front to create holes for AP and protect Bret. MckInney, Hutchinson, Cook, DeGeare (Herrera), Loadholt and another HUGE offensive lineman backup as well as a return specialist would be awesome. Vikes games will be soldout at home and on the road. A new stadium and a SUPER BOWL win are possibilities. Go Vikings. Thank you, Mr. Wilf.

  5. By Woodboat on Oct 6, 2010 | Reply

    Now if we can get Loadholt to anchor that right side of the line without getting routinely taken to the woodshed, this team is going to stomp. Sydney, I know you want back on the field worse than I want you back on the field, but HEAL…. HEAL LIKE THE WIND!!!

  6. By Rogerthevikefan on Oct 6, 2010 | Reply

    So whats Logan Paynes new number then.

  7. By Rogerthevikefan on Oct 6, 2010 | Reply

    Ladies and gentelmen and children of all ages IT IS TIME TO TEAR IT UP.

  8. By Mike on Oct 6, 2010 | Reply

    The Moss trade was a good one but It does not add up to a championship! If the Vikings are really serious about a super bowl win they should also pick up Vincent Jackson. With Rice, Moss, Jackson and AP what team could defend that? Answer: NONE

  9. By bill on Oct 7, 2010 | Reply

    euphoric, doesn’t begin to define how i feel about having moss back in a vikings uniform!

    looks like i’ll have to dig my old moss jersey out of my retired collection of jerseys!
    and hey brothers, there it is, right next to my cris and anthony carter jerseys!

    skol vikings!

  10. By Alex on Oct 7, 2010 | Reply

    Knowing that They got Moss back i have to agree with bill i had to dig up my jersey out of the back of my closet this is a good thing for Bret Favre and the VIKINGS.

  11. By Old School on Oct 7, 2010 | Reply

    Lets all calm down just a little, we have a huge game Monday night that needs to be won. I think that this was huge for us, lets just hope that everything clicks now! We need to go on a huge run these next 4 games. The packers game is a must win in our division! I hope Rice returns healthy…if he does….Moss and Rice on both sides of the ball……Hey AP…you have gotten a great start to the season…I think that 2500 yards is looking at you!!!!!!

  12. By MGR4FUN on Oct 7, 2010 | Reply

    i hav not heard any quotes from bernard berrian as of yet … i am thinkin he has about 4 weeks to prove he can first catch the ball and second to earn the money he is bein paid … because … when sidney returns he will become completely unneccessary if he can not contribute and earn his money … big money that could be used to keep #84 around for a few more years

  13. By MGR4FUN on Oct 7, 2010 | Reply

    a little bit of trivia here … who is gonna be the very first in NFL history to complete his 500th career touchdown pass with his very next td pass completetion …. #4 … who is the most likely receiver to catch that touchdown pass … hint … he has the second most touchdown receptions (151) in the history of the NFL … #84 … who is gonna be playin in his 50th NFL game of his career on monday night and needs only 124 yards rushin to reach 5000 yards in career … hint … he is one of only three runnin backs in the history of the NFL to ever rush for 1300+ yards and 10+ touchdowns in three consecutive years the other two were earl campbell and barry sanders … giv up … #28 … whatcha gonna do when the purple reign all over the meadowlands come monday night

  14. By lefty on Oct 7, 2010 | Reply

    we need to focus on beating the Jets now. We got moss back . i remember when they rapped about him and it went little something like this: ” i get to be running like randy moss” it looks like Randy can still run. WELCOME BACK HOMEBOY!

  15. By AP AD on Oct 7, 2010 | Reply

    THE SUPERFREAK IS COMIG HOME BOYS!!!!!!!!! he makes possibility’s turn in to reality .he is now a piece in a puzzle we never could of dreamed of(sound like another ledgend we all know?) . as far as are D . when the get fired up QB’s get hosed down. moss might be on the field more then hes used 2 if the D has its way…….as for the other receivers ( I’m referring to BB) time to make some plays cuz in a couple weeks this WR core gets even tighter for a good reason 2 (get well soon 18)

  16. By rocksalt on Oct 7, 2010 | Reply

    Berrian will be keeping the bench warm.

  17. By CA Norwegian on Oct 7, 2010 | Reply

    I though Berrian has some decent skills when he has one guy on him and he gets a step. Can you remember that TD highlight from last year where he got a couple steps and reached out and cought that overthrow at full speed for the TD? When Moss gets so much of the D’s attention, Berrian’s game may reappear. Brett cannot be throwing pop flies as he did vs Miami, unless it is to Moss or Rice. I’d still like to see some Webb out there, at least in sneak or a wildcat. AP, MOSS, RICE, HARVIN, SHENK. That leaves 5 lineman and a QB, if those play decently, it’s a lock. So much skill, so few downs.

  18. By steven on Oct 7, 2010 | Reply

    this is going to be awsome lets hope brett and him can click

  19. By WTF on Oct 7, 2010 | Reply

    Berrian’s going to keep Rice on the injury wire for a few extra weeks now that Moss is on the team. The coaches are going to be playing it safe and make sure Rice doesn’t rush back into things unless we really need him to, which is unlikely for the moment.

  20. By vikingsfan1955 on Oct 7, 2010 | Reply

    Can you see the holes ap will have now that moss is back and especially when rice comes back. U can’t stack the box when u have two recievers of the caliber of rice and moss. No he’s not the moss of old but I think he will be better than he was in new england. He works best when he’s happy and he will be happy back in mini.

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