Former Vikings head coach Brad Childress gave his first post-Minnesota interview to NFL.com’s Elliot Harrison earlier today, and while has little positive to say about his decision to bring back Brett Favre for a second season in purple (“what did we get for it? I got fired, and he got hurt. Did I feel like he was as sharp as he could’ve been? No,”) his most pointed remarks are aimed in the direction of recently-retired WR Randy Moss. Of the decision to jettison Moss without consulting owner Ziggy Wilf, Childress expressed regret (“I should have gone up the chain,”) but not nearly as much over trading for the 5-time Pro Bowler in the first place.
Childress said he wanted to acquire a player who would be a difference-maker for the Vikings after they got off to a disappointing 1-2 start. They needed a player who could stretch the field while Sidney Rice recuperated from an injury.
Enter Moss. He made a difference all right, unfortunately tipping the needle in the wrong direction.
“He called me and said, ‘I can’t wait, I can’t wait. I feel like I’m coming home again,’ ” Childress recalled.
Despite Moss’ reputation for loafing and being a distraction, Childress believed the receiver would be more mature with 12 seasons under his belt. He believed Moss wouldn’t be a distraction in the locker room.
“We had good guys, by and large,” Childress said, “(but Moss) walked in the locker room and vomited on it.”