The Vikings waived WR Randy Moss on Tuesday afternoon and head coach Brad Childress, during his regular Wednesday press conference, faced an assembled group of reporters for the first time since Moss’ departure. Rather than supplement what Childress said about the move and his team with hyperbole introducing and explaining the quotes, we’re just going to post transcriptions of his opening statement and a few answers to follow up questions.
For the record, I thought Childress handled today’s press conference well because the decision to waive Moss was unpopular among the fan base and the questions Childress faced on Wednesday illustrated that. Also for the record, the questions asked of Childress today were appropriate given the setting and the events of the last 48 hours.
Here’s what Childress had to say…
Opening Statement: It didn’t work out. I’m not going to get into any particulars. We have an internal process that we go through…I can understand that all of you (reporters) have questions and I appreciate everybody’s passion in knowing why. You hope all your personnel decisions work out for the best, whether you talk about the (Jared) Allens, the (Steve) Hutchinsons, or the (Visanthe) Shiancoes, or the Chester Taylors or the Percy Harvins. Some work out and some don’t work out. And some end up being short-term and some end up being long-term. This didn’t work out. Nobody is more disappointed than I am that it didn’t work out, but it didn’t work out. So we’re casting our gaze forward here and I do wish Randy the best of luck in whatever the future holds for him down the line in football.
Where did it not work out because he seemed to be helping your offense on the field? “I’m not going to get into a lot of the particulars; I’m not going to do that. It’s done, it’s over with. It was a decision that you don’t take lightly but it was a decision that I had to make. It’s over.”
Why is more explanation of the particulars not in order? “I wished and hoped that it would’ve worked out as well. But it was a programmatic non-fit and it didn’t work out. When things don’t work out you need to move quickly to take steps (to move forward).”
On the protocol of making a roster move such as waiving Moss: “We’ve got, without getting into all the internal dialogue, we have a process that we hold to here and I’m not going to give you chapter-and-verse on the process, but I told my team right after I finished with you folks (Monday’s press conference). I thought it was important to paint a landscape of what Tuesday was going to be like for them, what the rest of the day (Monday) was going to be like for them so that they didn’t have to come back here Wednesday and deal with that. I owed that to those guys. So we’re at 52 right now pending any roster move that might occur and I have faith and confidence in the guys remaining, and we’re the only guys that are going to fix this thing right now at 2-5.”
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