Childress admits trade for Moss a “poor decision.” You think?

EDEN PRAIRIE, MN - OCTOBER 7: Minnesota Vikings head coach Brad Childress answers questions from the media during a press conference at Winter Park on October 7, 2010 in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images)

Brad Childress didn’t say much to the media on Wednesday about the Randy Moss situation, although he did admit that trading for the troubled receiver was a “poor decision.”

Not to mince words, but I actually disagree with Childress’ take on the Moss trade. It wasn’t a poor decision – it was a horrible decision. A horrendous decision. A decision that should cost Childress his job.

I don’t know who the genius was behind the Moss trade, but Childress is the one who should take the fall for it. He signs off on whom he wants on his 53-man roster and obviously he put his Herbie Hancock on the deal or else it never would have happened. Then, after he shockingly couldn’t handle Moss’ rotten attitude, he waived him four weeks later.

In the grand scheme of things, losing a third round pick in a trade that doesn’t pan out isn’t the end of the world. It happens all the time in the NFL. But when you give up a third round pick for a guy who you know is a malcontent and then you waive him four weeks later because he was being a malcontent, said trade falls into the unnecessary and idiotic categories.

Why the Vikings didn’t sit down with Moss and give him a new contract immediately after acquiring him is beyond me. I mean, you made the decision to give up a third round pick and you knew he wanted money, yet you don’t pay him? Don’t you think it would have been smart to make a financial commitment to a guy who mails it in if he’s unhappy about his contract? How unbelievably stupid and shortsighted. What did Childress think, that Moss was going to be a good boy and play on his current deal because he got the opportunity to play with Lord Favre? Dude doesn’t care about Favre – he cares about money. And he wasn’t going to take the Vikings to a Super Bowl with Favre playing as bad as he was.

The Minnesota Vikings will never win a Super Bowl with Brad Childress as their head coach, their offensive coordinator or the person in charge of scrapping the gum off the Metrodome seats at the end of games. He clearly doesn’t know how to handle NFL personalities, his play calling is a joke in pressure situations and he can’t be trusted to make big decisions in terms of personal.

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Like a bunch of schoolgirls, Moss and Brady apparently fought about each other’s hair

MIAMI - OCTOBER 04: Quarterback Tom Brady  and Randy Moss of the New England Patriots sit on the sidelines against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium on October 4, 2010 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)

This is so ridiculous that it can’t possibly be made up:

Shortly after Moss was traded to the Vikings on Wednesday, reports surfaced that Moss had a heated exchange with quarterbacks coach Bill O’Brien at halftime of last Monday night’s game in Miami. Another story said Moss refused to talk to Belichick on the plane ride home.

Then on Sunday, Charley Casserly, an ex-NFL general manager who now works on CBS’ NFL pregame show, reported that Moss and Patriots quarterback Tom Brady [stats] went toe-to-toe and had to be separated the week before the trade was made.

According to Casserly, Brady did not like Moss’ behavior. During the argument, Brady was overheard telling Moss he needed to cut his beard. Moss countered by telling Brady he needed a haircut and that he looked like a girl.

Have you ever been in a relationship that started off great but by the end you were just mad because the other person was still breathing?

This isn’t about hair or beards, or anything else. This is about Moss being ticked off about his situation and looking for a way out. He was upset that the team didn’t offer him a contract extension, so he started picking fights with everyone and probably felt justified for doing so. Now he’s back with his old girlfriend and he’s a happy camper again.

We’ll find out Monday night if the Moss-Minnesota re-marriage is going to work.

Brad Childress calls to tell Brett Favre about the Randy Moss trade [video]

Why would the Patriots trade for Vincent Jackson?

SAN DIEGO, CA - OCTOBER 19:  Vincent Jackson #83 of the San Diego Chargers celebrates his touchdown against the Denver Broncos in the first half during Monday Night Football on October 19, 2009 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

I mean, I know why they would. He can stretch the field with his speed, he’s a big target, he can block and they’re in need of a receiver.

But why would the Patriots trade for Vincent Jackson?

Ever since the Pats traded Randy Moss on Wednesday, rumors have circulated that they’re going to pull off a trade for the disgruntled Jackson. But as John Clayton, Adam Schefter and anyone else with a functional brain notes, this deal isn’t going to happen.

The Patriots don’t believe in spending top dollar on a receiver, which is why they traded their No. 1 wideout to Minnesota two days ago when they only have Wes Welker, Brandon Tate and Julian Edelman on their roster. And let’s not forget why Jackson is holding out in the first place: He wants to get paid.

Why would Bill Belichick orchestrate a trade to ship Moss out of town and then turn around and acquire another unhappy receiver looking for a new contract? Furthermore, why would he go head-to-head with San Diego GM A.J. Smith when he knows Smith is looking for two early round picks for V-Jax? It just doesn’t make any sense.

This isn’t Madden ’11. You can’t just plug a player into any situation and have everything work out in the end. Jackson isn’t a fit for the style of offense that New England runs and it appears as though Belichick is changing his offensive approach anyway.

V-Jax to the Pats isn’t going to happen unless Belichick and Smith wake up one morning and decide to completely change the way they’ve ran football teams for the past decade.

Are the Patriots changing their offensive approach?

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick talks with quarterback Tom Brady in the fourth quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals in their NFL football game in Foxborough, Massachusetts September 12, 2010.    REUTERS/Adam Hunger   (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)

In the first two weeks of the season, the Patriots threw the ball a combined 71 times against the Bengals and Jets, compared to their 43 rushing attempts.

In their last two games against the Bills and Dolphins, the Pats threw the ball a combined 59 times compared to 62 rushing attempts.

Four weeks is too small of a sample size to make any definitive statements about the direction of New England’s offense, but considering the team traded their No. 1 receiver on Wednesday, it would appear that Bill Belichick is changing his approach on that side of the ball.

Now, it would make sense that the Pats would call more running plays against the Bills (whose front seven has been banged up) and Dolphins (whose pass defense ranks in the top 10 and whose run defense ranks in the bottom half of the league). But the Bengals and Jets both have solid pass defenses, so why throw on them?

Granted, the flow of the game dictates how plays are called for an offense. If a team were successfully moving the ball on the ground, it would make sense to keep pounding runs at a defense in order to wear them down. Making adjustments is a vital component in football.

That said, Tom Brady has completed 72.2% of his passes for 367 yards and five touchdowns when the Patriots have used a two-tight end set this year. And if the public knows that, so does Belichick.

Maybe Belichick came to the realization that as the season wears on, he could throw the ball just as successfully with Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski as he did with Moss. And maybe that’s why he didn’t hesitate trading Moss, who some believe is in decline and who was mentally starting to fade without being offered a new contract.

Either way, without Moss taking away double teams from Wes Welker, Belichick will have to change his strategy going forward. He can’t continue to use three-receiver sets like he has the past couple of years and think he’s going to be as successful without Moss. He’s going to have to adjust.

And knowing Belichick, he will.

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