Vikings coach Brad Childress has issued a statement that confirms the team is waiving receiver Randy Moss. His statement was posted on the Vikings' website.
“This decision was made based on what we thought was in the best interests of the Minnesota Vikings, both in the short and long term. We wish Randy the best as he moves forward in his career,” Childress said.
Moss will likely officially be placed on waivers Tuesday, and then be available for other teams to pick him up on Wednesday.
Earlier today, Childress was asked numerous questions about Moss in a meeting with reporters. Here are the Q&As related to Moss, as provided by the team:
Q: Have you talked to Randy Moss about what he had to say after the game?
A: I only saw a one page excerpt about he and Mrs. Kraft and the three points that we would have liked to have at the end of the half. I didn’t see the exact video.
Q: He also mentioned that the advice that he had given regarding Patriots wasn’t heeded on game-day?
A: I think we did a pretty good job of heeding it, both offensively and defensively. He gave us some windows into how we thought they would end up playing. That’s obviously in his eyes.
Q: On the defensive pass interference play with Randy Moss, do you think he still could have caught that ball?
A: It appeared like he could have gone after it and gotten it. Again, I don’t know, he was restricted, so if they call pass interference, there had to be some kind of restriction.
Q: If Moss doesn’t get the ball, do you think you can keep him happy?
A: I don’t know. That is all kind of conjecture stuff.
Q: Do you regret acquiring Moss?
A: Not at present, I don’t. No.
Q: What was your reaction to the Moss remarks?
A: Do I find it incendiary? I just think he was going back to a spot that he has a lot of affection for and I thought that by-in-large those comments were regarding the people there, the coach there, the ownership there and obviously there’s a fondness in his heart for the guys on that football team. He would like to go out there and beat their tails off, there’s nothing he would like better. At the same time, he enjoyed his stay there.
Q: Do you see Moss close to having a breakout game?
A: It really has to do with how they are going to play him on a week in and week out basis. I don’t know that anybody is going to go over there and bump-press him and play him that way throughout the game. To envision a breakout game, I can’t envision how people are going to play him week-to-week. It changes.
Q: Have you talked to Moss about his comments?
A: I have not. I have not seen him. I allowed him to stay back there and visit with his family, since he is from there and he will be back Wednesday morning, Tuesday night.
Q: Do you plan to talk to him?
A: I am sure somewhere along the line we will, but as I mentioned to you, I didn’t find him particularly incendiary. I just thought it was an acknowledgment of his time there and his favorable experience there.
Q: Has Moss expressed any level of frustration to you about his role in the offense?
A: He has not expressed any level to me, no.
Q: To anyone else?
A: I wouldn’t know. That would be hearsay.
Q: Did you expect to get more production out of him knowing the type of player he’s been?
A: Yeah, as soon as we felt like he was up to speed and understood us conceptually and could get in and out of the huddle and not have to think about what he’s doing system-wise. I will say this. There was obviously a plan in place yesterday, all you have to do is watch the safety in the middle of the field play. When they’re playing man, the free safety who usually stands in the middle and doesn’t favor a side, it’s tilted all over to his side. It would have been foolish to try to stuff the ball to him a bunch of times.
Q: Is he playing hard in your estimation?
A: He’s playing hard when he needs to play hard.