Randy Moss showed restraint when Daunte Culpepper screamed at him on the sideline Sunday. There was no verbal retaliation, no comeback of any kind. It was uncommon and laudable behavior from a player known for his volatility.
Two weeks ago, Vikings owner Red McCombs said his hope was that his team would improve steadily each week. To his dismay, that progression ended Sunday. "It's a tough start. But we really don't see it as a rebuilding season."
It's no surprise that after the Vikings' worst start in 35 years something will change this week as the team tries to win for the first time with Mike Tice as coach. "We will tweak some things around here and there," he said.
Daunte Culpepper has thrown a league-high six INTs, and his passer rating of 71.1 is among the worst in the NFL. He's also lost four fumbles. But his job security is air tight; he seems to have the support of the entire franchise.
Bud Grant didn't have a clue. "I don't remember who beat us," he said. "It was a long time ago." It was 1967, Grant's first year as the Vikings' coach. It also was the last time the Vikings opened a season with three consecutive losses.