Moss talks in Tennessee, says little

Randy Moss had a short opening press conference with reporters in Tennessee on Wednesday, saying he was sorry things didn't work out in Minnesota. Moss had little time for questions, which is not a big surprise considering his handling of the media in Minnesota.

Let the carnival begin.

A month after he arrived in Minnesota to be the savior of a struggling Vikings team coming off its bye week, Randy Moss landed in Tennessee. While young teammates like Chris Johnson and Kenny Britt had the same awestruck reaction that guys like Percy Harvin had when he arrived in Minnesota, you got the feeling as he spoke to the media (what?) among the Titans contingent, he seemed like the same Moss that went from sweet to sour in a matter of a couple of weeks with the Vikings.

In a press conference that lasted all of three minutes, four seconds, the enigmatic Moss began his remarks by saying he would "give y'all maybe two, but not more than three questions." He said that he hoped things would work out better than it did in Minnesota, where it was reported that he angrily told owner Zygi Wilf to fire head coach Brad Childress after playing just four games as a Viking.

"I've been through a lot in the last couple of weeks," Moss said. "Like I said, I've got these broad shoulders; I can carry a lot of weight. I feel good about the acquisition of Coach Fisher getting me here. The process of getting here has been kind of crazy. I left a lot of good friends, a lot of good guys in Minnesota and I'm sorry it didn't work out. The show must go on. I keep saying time and time again, this is a business. I think when people start understanding the business side of football it will make it a better league."

When asked if he thinks that his acquisition makes the Titans a favorite to represent the AFC in the Super Bowl, Moss said that might be too much to ask – even for a thin man with broad shoulders.

"Do I make this a Super Bowl team? No, I do not," Moss said. "I told Coach Fisher this, I've had pressure on me my whole life and this is nothing new to me. Instead of coming in thinking about a Super Bowl, I just want to take it one day at a time and learn the plays. Take it one game at a time and if, down the road is the playoffs or Super Bowl or whatever it is, we'll handle it when we get to that."

When asked about his effort, Moss interrupted the reporter to ask his personal view of his effort. When told the reporter didn't know, Moss said, "Neither do I," followed with a Drew Rosenhaus-style "next question" response. He did, however, address that he and Childress had basic differences – which seems obvious given the call for the coach's firing.

"I made Minnesota my home," Moss said. "I love being there. It just didn't work out. I have my own beliefs and what I believe in and Coach (Childress) had his. Am I bitter or mad that he let me go in the organization? No. You never know what the future holds, but right now I'm a Tennessee Titan and I'm here to do whatever Coach Fisher wants me to do."

While all seems well and good, a month ago, Moss was saying the same things about Childress and the Vikings. After getting run out of both New England and Minnesota, it would seem that, if things don't work out with the Titans, the clock will start ticking until he becomes eligible for the Hall of Fame. Considering that the media votes on it, he may have to hope his eye-popping numbers outweigh his eye-rolling commentary.


  • There remain questions as to whether Sidney Rice will be available for Sunday's game. Rice, who remains on the physically-unable-to-perform list, said Wednesday that he is making progress toward a return, but doesn't know if it will be this week that he joins the active roster.

  • As a positive sign pointing in that direction, the Vikings are still a roster spot short on their 53-man roster since the release of Moss, which is expected to be filled this week or next by Rice.

  • While optimism runs high that Rice will return this week, Percy Harvin is back in the questionable category after missing practice Wednesday with a recurrence of his migraine headaches. Considering his dust-up with Childress last week, it isn't surprising that he would be experiencing headaches. He's far from alone in that regard.

  • Once again, Brett Favre didn't practice Wednesday, which seems to be standard procedure – no practice Wednesday, limited practice Thursday, full practice Friday and playing on Sunday. He did have a calf injury added to his list of health issues.

  • Defensive backs Asher Allen (concussion) and Jamarca Sanford (hamstring) didn't participate in Wednesday's practice. OT Phil Loadholt (knee) and DT Pat Williams (elbow) were limited in practice.

  • Bears center Olin Kreutz (hamstring) was the only Bear to miss practice Wednesday.

  • Pro Football Weekly announced its midseason All-Pro team and, unlike last year when the roster was littered with Vikings, Adrian Peterson was the only Viking named to the 2010 midseason all-star team for PFW.

    John Holler has been writing about the Vikings for more than a decade for Viking Update. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Viking Update web site or magazine, click here.

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