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Preseason Game 01: It’s My Life

Posted by LOTGK on August 14, 2006

And baby, baby
Remember, remember
It’s my life and I’ll do what I want
It’s my mind and I’ll think like I want
Show me I’m wrong, hurt me sometime
But some day I’ll treat you real fine

.
You don’t have to go home, but you can’t stay here.
My wife Patty made the comment last night that the Vikings had better win the preseason opener because they were playing against Randy Moss.

Randy Moss. Isn’t he the talented wide receiver who was drafted 22nd overall from the Vikings in 1998? The man who said he was “Gonna tear up the NFL” and make the 21 teams that passed on him pay and pay big time? The man who backed up his words for 7 seasons playing better than any wide receiver did in their first seven seasons.

If so, then why the hell did the Vikings trade him away last year for a middle linebacker and a #1 draft pick? I’ll tell you why. Because of what transpired during the game last night. Randy Moss was agitated and upset because he was covered so well catching only one pass for 16 yards against our second string cornerback in the second quarter. He was then taken out of the game. When he hit the sidelines, he threw his helmet to the ground in frustration and anger for being taken out. How dare the coach do that to him. To Randy Moss. The greatest wide receiver to ever play the game. (Hey, he said it, and he backs up his claim with the stats)

Randy Moss was then seen talking to Aaron Brooks, the Raiders QB at the moment and apparently explaining to him how to play QB and that he was open and he needs to get the ball. (Perhaps he was merely talking about where to eat after the game, but it looked like Moss meant business.)

Randy Moss, the man who after the game said he was having a problem with his coach, (Art Shell) but would keep it in house. Ahh Randy, by stating that, you opened the freaking doors to the house and it is now wide open.

So why did the Vikings trade Randy Moss? Did anyone notice last night that not a single Viking player said they had a problem with coach Childress? That not a single Viking player threw their helmet on the turf in disgust? Or sulked on the sidelines. (Raiders won BTW, you would have thought the Raiders players would be happy, even if its only a preseason win)

And, not a single Viking player left the field 2 seconds before the game ended. Or squirted water on a referee. Or upon coming to the game got into a traffic altercation with a meter maid. Or stated that he plays only when he wants to play. ( I know, that statement is overrated and out of context, but still, not a Viking player said it last night) However, I did find the mooning of Green Bay Packer fans rather humorous when he scored against them two years ago.

The above reasons are a big part of why the Vikings traded Moss. Not just because of team chemistry, or locker room leaders, or being a team player instead of a “Me” player. But because he didn’t fit in anymore. Especially now under new head coach Brad Childress and his new West coast style offense and team commitment. Perhaps ego rears its ugly head with superstar receivers of today’s NFL world. Perhaps they have a Napoleon complex. Look at Moss, Owens, and Chad Johnson to name but a few. When things are going good, they are all happy letting everyone know its because of them the team is doing so well. But when things go bad, they point and blame everyone else except themselves and have the tendencies to cause a rift between coaches, management, and fellow players.

Most teams implode and finally release the baggage. Owens went from San Francisco, getting a QB and coach fired. Then to Baltimore for a very brief stint claiming he will not play for the Ravens. Then onto Philadelphia where he called McNabb a quitter and attempted to get coach Reid fired. Now onto Dallas, where he has missed the last 13 days of training camp and one preseason game. What does he do? He rides the stationery bike with a racing helmet and full Tour De France regalia outfit. All to draw attention to him. Not the team, but to him.

Today, Randy Moss is an outsider to the Vikings organization. No longer part of the family. He is a Raider now and will be until he finds a new home in a year or two after losing a few seasons in Oakland. He will probably end up in New England with Tom Brady throwing him 20 TD passes a year.

Chester Taylor was signed with all kinds of fanfare and anointed the starting running back. He came to camp out of shape and over weight and has since been hampered with nagging injuries. (Perhaps if he would have come into camp in tip top shape, those injuries wouldn’t be there) Last night, Taylor ran 9 times for 18 yards. Not a spectacular debut for our new anointed running back.

Mewelde Moore didn’t fare much better rolling up an unimpressive 2 yards per carry as well. His fumble drops him back a spot. But hell, how far back can he go. Back as far as the Whizzinator. His punt return is a bright spot for him. However, I will say again that he will become equal in the back field come mid-season.

Tony Richardson. Hell yeah he scored from the 3 yard line. Loved to see the Vikes in the old fullback formation.

Brad Johnson. What can you say about the man except he wins. Yes, some say that hides plenty of weaknesses, but he wins. He’s 37 years old. Yes but he wins. He’s not mobile enough. Yes but he wins. He doesn’t have a strong enough arm. Yes but he wins. He isn’t fast enough. Yes but he wins. Johnson did pretty darn good in the first preseason game.

Can’t say the same for backup QB Mcmahon. For a QB that came from a West Coast offense he sure looked lost out there. Very uneasy. I don’t think he makes the team.

Tavaris Jackson received a loud ovation when he came onto the field for the first time late in the second quarter. He did not disappoint either. I know its only week one of the preseason, but he looked very relaxed and in command out there. Followed through his reads, hit the right man, brought the ball down and ran when he had to. Has some very elusive moves for a QB as well. I see him becoming Johnson’s backup by the end of preseason.

Chad Greenway. A concern here. He was injured in a kickoff hurting his knee. Awaiting his MRI. speculation and rumor has it that he may be out for the season with a torn ACL. If true, that will be sad.

O line. No sacks for Johnson in his limited action last night. Nor for Jackson. Once this line jells, it will be the best in the league.

D line. Was that E. James with the sack? He had certainly came ready to play last night. Lets hope his intensity stays at that level.

Speaking of defense. In the Raiders first four possessions, the four possessions the Vikings first team were on the field, the Raiders compiled a total of 25 yards. if that is any indication of the rest of the season, the Vikings will usher in a new era of Purple People Eaters.

I was hoping Longwell would have hit that 55 yarder. He did well on kickoffs and the other FG’s but the 55 yarder would have been sweet.

Special teams. Anything but. The new name for special teams this week is (Anything but special teams.) New head coach, new offense. Opening night on the new network for Monday Night football, own home field, and we fumble the opening kickoff. Not the start wanted. I see the ghost, (Kasper) handled the kickoff duties from then on. He was a definite bright spot on our anything but special teams. The defensive side of anything but special teams did not fare well either. The Raiders broke some long gainers and started at least at the 25 yard line.

Hey Tony Kornhiser, I like your style but enough of the Love Boat shit already. That was last year, last coach, last management. Give Childress the BOTD.

Speaking of Tony. I think Theisman will kill him by seasons end. I believe Theisman says things just to say them and hear himself talk. The Korn called him on several dimwitted statements last night. It was quite refreshing to have a little edgy banter between the announcers.

To Childress. I saw him smile and laugh last night. That’s a good sign. One thing though, its preseason, you want to get all the work you can with the team in live game conditions to work out the kinks of a new offense and defense. Saying that, I wonder why Childress opted not to kick the FG to tie the game and go into overtime. this would have allotted him more time to evaluate the bubble players. And not to mention some practice on game winning or tying FG pressure kicks.

Childress said he had seen enough.
And I have said enough for this game.

Skol Vikings.

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