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Vikings head coach Brad Childress admitted Wednesday that the Randy Moss experiment didn't work out and was "a poor decision" but failed to answer questions of how the waiving of Moss went down or whether the team did its due diligence on the player's background prior to trading for him.
"Randy Moss, it didn't work out," Childress said at his regularly scheduled press conference. "I'm not going to get into any particulars."
Childress said he thought the team did its homework on Moss, a player who has been known for going against the team grain at all three of his prior stops, including his first go-around with the Vikings to start his career. It has been speculated that a big reason for the Vikings letting Moss go were his disruptions, from openly chiding the quality of food at a team meal to expressing his love for the Patriots and questioning the coaching staff during his postgame rant after the loss at New England on Sunday.
"I feel like I can do a decent job of looking into people's backgrounds," Childress said.
As for the difficulty of making such a dramatic and unpopular move, admitting a mistake on a player for whom the team paid a third-round pick to receive, Childress said he didn't let emotion play a part in the decision.
"It was a poor decision, and I have to make it right," Childress said. "This is probably the most unemotional decision I have made."
Next came questioning of the timing of the Moss move and how it came down. Childress failed to divulge how the process of waiving Moss occurred, calling it "an internal process," the details of which he did not get into. There has been heavy speculation that Childress did not confer with GM Rick Spielman or notify owner Zygi Wilf of the impending Moss transaction, which has angered several Vikings officials.
On Monday, Childress met with the media and spoke of Moss as if he was still a member of the team, explaining how he was scheduled to return to Minnesota on Tuesday evening or Wednesday morning after remaining in the Boston area following Sunday's loss. Around 30 minutes later, Childress addressed the players and explained that Moss would be cut. Tuesday evening, Moss' name finally appeared on the waiver wire.
In the two days that followed, the players were left to field questions about Moss and the direction of the team while Childress remained mostly silent. He spoke little of the transaction Tuesday night on an interview on Sirius Radio, explaining that he would not get into the details behind it.
On Wednesday, Childress took responsibility for the trade but left many questions about whether he went through the proper channels within the organization regarding the move and about whether fans — who must vote on funding for a new stadium as well as support the club — were left in the lurch.
"I'm not going to get into any particulars," Childress said. "It's not an attempt to deceive."