VU Daily Blog: 11/2/10

Randy Moss was still the hot topic on Tuesday, as th Vikings made his release official. Reaction this corner and the gambling community. See all the Vikings news and speculation as it progresses through the VU Daily Blog.

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POSTED BY: TIM YOTTER
ON TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 02, 2010 AT 19:12:00

Moss' most likely teams, according to the gamblers

With Randy Moss officially on waivers, other teams can talk about him publicly, but up until 3 p.m. Central on Wednesday, this isn't about the highest bidder, it's about which team with the worst record wants him.

Buffalo has the first opportunity to grab Moss on waivers because of its 0-7 record, followed by Carolina (1-6) and Dallas (1-6; and Jerry Jones reportedly said he's not interested again). The Vikings are among a cluster of teams with two wins that includes San Francisco, Denver, Detroit, Cincinnati and Cleveland.

The gambling site Bodog.com has put odds on where Moss will up next. The favorite, according to the site, is St. Louis. The interesting part about the Rams is that head coach Steve Spagnuolo coached with Brad Childress in Philadelphia, so part of his due diligence should include a call to his coaching brother.

Here are the other top teams for Moss, according to Bodog: Seattle (4/1), Washington (9/2), New England (5/1), Chicago (11/2), Kansas City (11/2), Miami (13/2), Oakland (7/1), Tennessee (15/2), San Diego (9/1) and Dallas (20/1).

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POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 15:00:00
RT @
alexmarvez: It's official -- Randy Moss is on waivers, according to an NFL source. No change of heart.

POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 13:28:00
There were 11 on the field. Just rechecked. RT @
jkfecke: KFAN reporting that on the 4th-and-1 play, #Vikings had only 10 men on the field.

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Also of note from the weekly release, Sidney Rice is still listed on PUP, meaning they haven't activated him yet. Deadline: Nov. 9. #
Vikings

POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 12:29:00
The #
Vikings game release lists Randy Moss as being waived yesterday and he isn't on the roster in case anyone still hoped otherwise.

POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 12:04:00
Time to rent an apt. near big top. RT @
alexmarvez: En route to minny for moss-chilly-favre circus. Coverage all wk athttp://foxsports.com

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You're shocked? Remember the bus incident his first time here? RT @
PMac21: This is incredible. Read this:http://yhoo.it/clpT8w #Vikings

POSTED BY: TIM YOTTER
ON TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 02, 2010 AT 09:21:00

Leftover reaction to Moss move

The Vikings didn't have a full locker room of players minutes after their team meeting let out Monday. Most players left the facility in short order after Brad Childress told them he planned to put Randy Moss on waivers.

That left just a handful of players to talk about the move since Childress didn't reveal his intentions in his Monday press conference. In fact, it doesn't appear that Childress revealed his intentions to anyone in the front office either. By all indications, this was a quick and decisive move made by the person – Childress – whose contract allows him the ability to make any personnel move he wants.

Different players seemed to view Moss differently – some adoringly, like Percy Harvin, others with respect for his talent while some were hesitant that he could be a dividing factor in the locker room. But during the games, while his effort was questioned by some, his desire to win wasn't questioned.

"I didn't get to know him that well. He certainly came in and he had a voice and I think everybody was willing to listen based on his credibility and his reputation so he definitely came in and tried to let his voice be heard and be a leader on this team. I guess as of today he's not with us," linebacker Ben Leber said Monday.

Leber said he didn't see any signs of Moss being a distraction on the sidelines, so Moss' postgame rant/press conference, when he criticized a couple of coaching moves, came as a surprise. Coming out of their Monday meeting, where players were informed, safety Tyrell Johnson said there was a message of unity.

"It's just about pulling together. Sometimes when you're losing as a team, it's easy to get down on yourself and pointing the finger, pointing the blame at everybody," Johnson said. "That's what he's trying to keep from happening. That was the overall message to pull it back together."

Unity might have been the message, but it's hard to see that there was much unity in the decision to waive Moss. Owner Zygi Wilf reportedly wasn't happy with the decision and several members of the front office were reportedly against the move. The Vikings' statement released Monday night contained only a quote from head coach Brad Childress and nothing more – no context, no backing from anyone else.

"That's the nature of our game. You never know what you're going to walk into. So, that's a decision made and we've got to live with and go on with," safety Jamarca Sanford said of the move.

Other players were keeping their heads down to avoid further bullets.

"I don't think anybody on the team saw it coming," tackle Phil Loadholt said.

And maybe nobody in the front office, which is the biggest problem of all.

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POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 08:42:00
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JasonLaCanfora: Hearing SEA, STL, MIA, TEN among teams mulling a waiver claim on Randy Moss. Several teams doing due diligence. #Vikings


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