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Green Bay Officials Are Considering Installing Turf In Lambeau Field…

 because of growing concerns that they’ll have trouble keeping Moss out of the endzones.

That’s right homies, we all get to use our favorite Randy Moss jokes again!  And we get to use words like “homies” again, too!  Today is a good day to be a Vikings fan.

There are currently a ton of stories out there about how the opportunity arose for the Vikings to obtain Randy Moss and a 2012 seventh round pick and only have to give up a third round pick.  Granted, Moss is 33 years old, known for being a pain in the butt, is in the final year of his contract, and was obviously not happy in New England.  Still, I was waiting for trade terms to be released and to be appalled at how Bill Bilichick got the best of Brad Childress.

That does not appear to be the case, however.  As giving up a third round pick to obtain one of the best receivers in the game is not only low risk, but potentially comes with some very high reward.

“It’s a great move getting Randy Moss in here,” Adrian Peterson said of the trade. “We’ve just been missing something and I think he can give us another threat down the field.

Peterson might be right.  The Vikings are ranked 24th in passing offense through four weeks of football and their struggles have been well documented.  The Patriots are ranked 16th at the moment, and one could argue that the Vikings offense surrounds Moss with more talent than what was currently in New England.  Starting Monday night against the Jets, the Vikings are hoping the addition of Moss will spark some productivity in the passing game similar to what was seen in 2009 when Sidney Rice was healthy.

“There is good energy in that locker room,” Visanthe Shiancoe said after the trade was announced. “You could actually feel the energy. It was all positive energy and anticipation.”

“If we play our cards right, that equals domination,” Shiancoe said. “Complete domination if our cards are played right.”

Shiancoe is correct on two levels, and those are the same sentiments expressed by Kevin Williams.

“Like I said a couple of weeks ago after the Miami game, we’ve still got to play the game,” he said. “But to add a guy like Randy, it’s going to really help us.”

Williams is correct.  In football, you can add as many stars to a roster as you like, but the game played on Sunday still has be played well in order to result in victory.  So far, the Vikings passing game has been the least productive part of the game.

Part of the reason that the job wasn’t getting done through the air can be attributed to the consistently disappointing performances out of wide receiver Bernard Berrian.  Through the first three games, Berrian had only five catches for 38 yards and no scores, despite the fact that he was essentially called upon to be the team’s #1 receiver during the absence of Sidney Rice.  Now, Berrian can plan on being downgraded and possibly even planted on the bench if he continues to be out performed by guys like Percy Harvin, Greg Camarillo, and Greg Lewis.

Many think that the addition of Moss could rub some contract-year players the wrong way, especially if Moss is eventually signed to a multi-year deal before they are.  One of the primary players that may have concerns is Sidney Rice, who is currently on the unable to perform list while rehabbing his hip surgery. 

Rice is talented and young, but his inability to stay healthy is the reason the Vikes had to pursue Moss in the first place.  If Moss gets a new contract with Minnesota, then it is conceivable that Rice is allowed to leave in free agency next year.  After all, there is only so much money to go around (cap or no cap) and Chad Greenway, Ben Leber, Ray Edwards, and Adrian Peterson are just a few of the players that will soon be awaiting a new and improved contract with Minnesota.

“Are you serious?” Rice responded to a question about if the move bothered him. “This is gonna be interesting. In a great way! Welcome home Randy!”

There were indications that Minnesota is only planning to “rent” Moss for a year before letting him leave in free agency after playing out his contract.  Brad Childress did little to curb the speculation on this front during a Wednesday press conference where he praised his new receiver, but gave no indication as to whether a new contract is in the works.

“We’re always looking for an opportunity to make this football team better,” Childress said. “Our organization, our ownership is committed to that and I think you try to be as resourceful as you can. I’m just happy that, obviously, they supported this move and I think we’ll be better for it. I think he’s a good football player.”

“I usually don’t speak about people’s contracts in public,” Childress said. “We’ll probably cross that bridge when we get to it.”

We all can remember the saga the played out a few years back when Brett Favre lobbied Packers general manager Ted Thompson to work out a deal to obtain Moss from the Raiders.  Instead, Moss was dealt to the Patriots for a low price, and Favre was reportedly peeved at Thompson for not getting the job done.

A few years later, Brad Childress and company did indeed get the job done and Favre sounds pleased.

“This is an exciting move,” Favre stated. “I think everybody feels that in the locker room. It’s rare you get to play with a future Hall of Famer and get to appreciate their talents up close. Randy Moss is a great player and his career speaks for itself. I’ve admired him from a distance for a long time and you can’t help but be impressed by the guy.”

Childress’s new toy for Favre to play with might be less of an early Christmas gift, and more like those “apology flowers” we all have to get our spouses time after time. 

Why do I say that?  Well, Michael Silver (the king of “unnamed sources” within the Vikings organization) released yet another story Wednesday that there is growing tension between the coach and the quarterback, and wonder if Moss will only add to Chili’s headaches if things continue to develop slowly inside the offensive attack.

“I think it’s all or nothing,” Silver’s source inside the Vikings locker room expressed.  “It’s either the missing piece and we go all the way, or Moss takes on Chilly and this thing blows up by the end of October. There’s no C grade on this one. It’ll either be an A or an F.”

The source should stop blabbing to the media and focus on football is correct in that you can easily see this whole thing imploding in such a spectacular fashion that it goes down as one of the most embarrassing years in franchise history, despite the fact that most see the addition of Moss as only being a great sign of things to come.

With the loudmouth personalities on this team like Favre, Ray Edwards, Jared Allen, and now Randy Moss, Childress will either find a way to keep the team cohesive and be worthy of “coach of the year” or it will all blow up in his face and he will be fired for losing games despite having one of the most talented teams the league has ever seen.

Childress did not seem concerned about the negative potential of this trade, however, even when asked about the notion that Favre and Moss will improvise during games which has been a matter of contention in the past.

“We’re already talking about a mutiny,” said Childress of the speculation.  “Am I crazy enough to think that doesn’t happen? I think it happened with Tom [Brady] and [Moss], too, [in New England]. When you see the hand go up and you see him go. That happens. It’s about trying to get behind somebody and if he can more power to him.”

This statement might be a concession that Favre is now more in charge of the offense than Childress or offensive coordinator Darrell Bevel are.  It may not be a bad approach, however.  After all, during “media week” prior to the Patriot’s Super Bowl game against the Giants, Moss confessed that in the legendary 1998 season Dennis Green essentially told his offense to go out there and play “street ball.”  Maybe it is time to take the leashes off the dogs, kick the “kick ass offense” to the side, and play some street ball once again.

Moss’s first offensive coordinator Brian Billick seems to think that the Favre and Moss combination will work out perfectly, regardless of what offense is being run.

“There will be a little bit of a learning curve but Randy’s a smart guy,” said Billick after ranting about how the West Coast offense is no longer the West Coast offense.  “It will not take long and it doesn’t take much to communicate, ‘You go deep, I’ll throw it.’”

That is exactly what Vikings fans are hoping for.  While Moss is a controversial player, deserving or otherwise, and some people such as the Mayor of Minneapolis may not welcome him back with open arms, there is no doubt that people want this team to win and the phrase ‘You go deep, I’ll throw it’ might be just what the doctor ordered.

Jared Allen is the vocall leader of a Vikings defense that is quite possibly the league’s best, and he knows that Randy Moss might help the offense sustain drives and have fewer turnovers, which will only give the defense more time to catch their breath and better starting field position to benefit from.

He described the trade as “awesome.”

That’s the only way to describe it,” Allen said. “That guy is a beast.”


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One Response to “Green Bay Officials Are Considering Installing Turf In Lambeau Field…”

  1. bridgit says:

    How long do you think it will take Favre and Moss to get some chemistry going? Jets game I hope. LOL. Then with Sydney coming back the second half of the season might just be dangerous.

    bridgit

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