Who will replace Randy Moss as the main receiving threat for the Vikings against the Saints today? Not even the coach knows, and that's a bad sign.
"I can't tell you who will be our number one receiver until we start playing the game," Vikings Coach Mike Tice said earlier in the week.
The problem this week is that top wide receiver Nate Burleson is out with a sprained knee. The overall problem of what to do now that Moss is in Oakland, however, is much deeper. The Vikings went 2-3 in games Moss missed last year. They are 0-2 without him this year.
Daunte Culpepper has eight interceptions and no touchdown passes. (He threw 11 interceptions last year.)
The money the Vikings saved by getting rid of Moss largely went to four new starters on defense -- DBs Fred Smoot and Darren Sharper, LB Sam Cowart and DT Pat Williams. That unit has given up 24 and 37 points in its first two games.
It appeared Tice was calling the plays on the team's only scoring drive last week in a 37-8 loss to Cincinnati. Has offensive coordinator Steve Loney lost his job already?
Tice laments that his offense needs to turn up "the swagger, the arrogance." That certainly wouldn't be the case if Moss were still around.
-- Christian Swezey