Randy Moss wasn't happy heading into this week. He took a $25,000 hit for not speaking to the media. That's how unhappy he was before a one-catch, eight-yard game against his old team, the one that traded him away less than a month ago.
The grass is always greener...
No, Moss didn't ask for a trade, per se, but he didn't exactly endear himself to the Patriots by talking about his contract and how they were not going to bring him back.
Clearly, talking doesn't work. It sent him away from a 6-1 team and onto a 2-5 Vikings team searching for answers. So Moss apparently has a new plan of attack to deal with his situation.
"I got fined $25,000 for not talking to you all," Moss said in his post-game rant, which apparently will become far more rare going forward. "Me, personally, I really don't care, but at the same time, I do answer questions throughout the week, and for the league to fine me $25,000 ... I am not going to answer any more questions for the rest of this year.
"If it is going to be an interview, I am going to conduct it. So, I will answer my own questions and ask myself the questions and give you the answers. So from here on out, I am not answering any more questions the rest of this season."
So who needs the NFL Network anyway?
It's fine if Moss is angry that he's losing. But if he is joining Brett Favre in the Anti-Brad Childress Club, then we have some deeper issues. Check out Moss' comments on Chilly's decision-making when the coach forwent a field-goal attempt in order to score a touchdown (which they did not):
"I wish we could have had that three (points) at the end of the half," Moss said. "Maybe it could have been different. Maybe not."
It didn't help that Moss went on to lavish praise on his former team and former coach, calling Bill Belichick the "best coach in football history." He then ended his rant by saluting Belichick, Boy Scout style.
So what does that make Childress, the second-best coach in football history?
Moss is upset. But couldn't the Vikings claim to be upset with him, too? On a we've-seen-it-before play, Moss had single coverage on the outside as the Patriots all-out blitzed. It was one-on-one coverage with Patriots S Brandon Meriweather, and Moss had him beat. Meriweather clearly interfered with Moss to prevent a touchdown, and Moss was slowed, but it looked like he still had a chance to catch the pass, which fell about three feet from him.
Yes, the Vikings scored a few plays later, but Moss catching that would-be TD would have prevented his quarterback from suffering a face laceration that required eight stitches.
Moss will see this on tape this week, and I have no doubt he'll feel badly when he realizes he inadvertently got his QB hurt with a poor effort. But this is the player the Patriots traded away. Once they saw that every team wasn't going to sell out and play their safeties over the top, they had no use for Moss and his play-when-I-want-to attitude.
The Vikings have winnable games the next two against the Cardinals and Bears, but they have a losing approach right now. They have a coach that some guys are at odds with, a quarterback who is the story every week, a pass rush that is almost non-existent and a receiver who already is making waves.
If there is a theme this season it's that talent doesn't make a winning team. Winners make a winning team. How else to explain how Moss landed in Minnesota in the first place?