Five years ago Andy Reid and the Philadelphia Eagles suspended wide receiver Terrell Owens for criticizing the quarterback, calling the organization classless, fighting with others players and yelling at coaches.
Recently Brad Childress has been criticized heavily for waiving Randy Moss. It is no secret around the NFL that Moss “takes plays off.” However, several teams have been willing to put up with that because when Moss does decide to play he is one of the best in the business.
Childress declined to discuss the specific reasons for his move but there have been several incidents leading up it. Moss was traded from the Patriots earlier this year after expressing dissatisfaction with the way he was being treated. With the Vikings Moss has criticized the coach and the organization publicly. Perhaps more salient of Moss is his frequent and blatant lack of effort on the field. Specifically on a potentially game changing touchdown pass from Brett Favre against the New England Patriots. Moss quit after a pass interference penalty but it appears he could have easily caught the ball. If he had Brett Favre would not have been injured on the next play and the Vikings might have won the game. Perhaps the final straw was when Moss treated a caterer in the Vikings locker room monstrously insulting the food in a profane and obnoxious manner.
Suddenly it appears that Belichick’s decision to trade Randy Moss was a good one. One selfish player can destroy a team. Elimination of a negative factor results in a positive gain. Not only did the Patriots gain by getting rid of Randy Moss, but they also got a draft pick next year.
I applaud the decisions made by Andy Reid and Brad Childress. These athletes think they can do whatever they want and they are above normal people like the owner of a small local restaurant. What kind of example are these star athletes setting for kids who look up to them?
Interestingly enough Childress was the Eagles offensive coordinator in 2005 and was involved in a shouting match with Owens right before his suspension. The suspension was later upheld by an independent arbitrator who said that Owens’s conduct was “destructive and a continuing threat to the team.” Owens was suspended for the remainder of the year. That sounds kind of like a “time out,” the kind that a mom would give to small children who are misbehaving. Perhaps that’s what Moss needs, because I know twelve year olds with more maturity.