Now that Randy Moss has retired, it’s safe for everyone to tee off on him. Moss caught plenty of criticism while he was playing — much of it deserved — but it will probably be worse now after the way he ended his career. Jerry Rice recently described Moss as a “slap in the face” to guys who are less talented and have to work harder. Now, Brad Childress has opened up about the way Moss’ extremely brief second stint in Minnesota ended.
Shutdown Corner passed along Childress’ conversation with the NFL Network on Thursday, during which he explained that Moss’s return to Minnesota went from “welcome home” to “get me out of here” in a hurry.
“(Moss) called me and said, ‘I can’t wait, I can’t wait. I feel like I’m coming home again,’” Childress recalled. “We had good guys, by and large (but Moss) walked in the locker room and vomited on it.”
Childress explained that he was very much aware of Moss’s reputation for being a distraction but figured he may have matured after 12 NFL seasons. For all his highlight-reel catches and monstrous statistical seasons, one thing Moss could never get right was leaving town. He immediately regretted forcing his way out of New England and may or may not have called a radio show and bashed the Titans during his brief tenure in Tennessee. At the same time, coaches knew what they were getting themselves into when they brought Moss on board later in his career. Calling him out for it after the fact seems pretty pointless.