Vikings like a horrific car crash

DEAN MCNULTY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:57 AM ET

As much as you'd like to turn away from the mess that is the Minnesota Vikings and just say: "That's it, no more. You guys are a joke and your team is going nowhere so we're not going to bother with you for the rest of the season," something else pops up.

So you turn your head and stare, like viewing a car accident on the side of the road.

Not content with the Brett Favre soap opera, his poor play and his off-field indiscretions, comes the Randy Moss mess and the realization that coach Brad Childress is the Wade Phillips of the NFC North.

On Wednesday, Childress referred to the whole Moss affair as a "poor decision".

Moss played four games for Minnesota after being acquired from New England for a third-round draft choice on Oct. 6. Following indifferent performances, boorish, ill-mannered behaviour and publicly ripping Childress, Moss was placed on waivers and late Wednesday 21 teams passed on him before he was claimed by the Tennessee Titans, who are 5-3 and have a bye week this weekend.

"It didn't work out," Childress said. "I'm not going to get into any particulars. You hope all your personnel decisions work out for the best. Some work out, some don't.This didn't work out. Nobody's more disappointed than I am, but it didn't work out."

In the four games, Moss caught 13 passes for 174 yards and two touchdowns but the Vikings, at 2-5, kept struggling.

Childress said he began thinking about releasing Moss after the Patriots game and made the decision on Monday.

"It's a decision you don't take lightly, but it's a decision I had to make and it's over," Childress said. "I wish it would've worked out. When things don't work out you need to move quickly. It was a poor decision."

The media, meanwhile, were not too pleased with Childress over his handling of the situation and things got a little testy.

"Some (decisions) work out and some don't work out," he said. "And some end up being short term and some end up being long term." So what didn't work out?

"I'm not gonna get into a lot of the particulars," Childress said. "I'm not gonna do that. It's done, it's other with...It's a decision I had to make."

When the media initially asked Childress about Moss on Monday, they believe they were lied to.

"As long as the right people are contacted in the right order, I think that's important," Childress replied. "Obviously it wouldn't have served a purpose to come out here and tell you guys and have you go run with it before the dominoes start to go down."

Now he's Tennessee's problem.

OUT OF THE LIMELIGHT

With all the heat turned on Childress and the Moss affair, Favre was in an easy, breezy, playful mood for the first time in weeks.

"Randy is Randy," Favre said when asked about Moss. "There's probably certain routes he doesn't run as well. But there's one in particular that you're scared of. Did he hustle on every play? I don't know if Randy's ever hustled on every play. That's just Randy ... I thought it was worth a try, I was surprised by the decision to let him go."

The media, too, was in a playful mood when Favre was asked: "How's your chin, foot, ankle, elbow, anything else we don't know about?"

In response, Favre said, "Aside from all those, I'm great. I probably should feel a lot worse.

"I wasn't anticipating getting smacked in the chin (when he was cut for eight stitches last Sunday), but it made me forget about the foot."

Favre was then asked if he passed the applicable concussion tests.

"I don't remember," Favre joked.

Then after a pause he replied: "I did."

As for the state of the Vikings, Favre refused to say his team had bottomed out.

"It can always get worse," he said.

That's just what the fans want to hear.


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