It wasn't Moss that they missed, but Matt Birk. That OL was atrocious without him.
The Vikings were 2-5 under Culpepper, and 7-2 under Johnson. But if you look at their 6-game winning streak, the Vikings played only 1 team with a winning record (Giants). You exclude the Giants, and the combined record of the teams they played during that streak were 26-54. That strength of schedule is 33% vs. the 7 games Culpepper played in which had a strength of schedule of 53%. Let's not forget that Culpepper played hurt the entire season until Chris Gamble put him out of his misery.
Culppepper was sacked 31 times in his 7 appearances (4.4 per game). Johnson was sacked 21 times in 9 games (2.3 per game).
Also Culpepper's playoff record is the exact same as Vick. IMO, there are about 12 or 13 QBs in the league that are as good or better than Culpepper. But if I'm a team that has Culpepper as its QB, only 7 of them I would look at as being significant upgrades over him enough that if they became available. Brees is not one of them. Vick, Delhomme, Manning, Brady, Roethlisberger, McNabb, and Hasselbeck are the lucky 7.
To me this is the equivalent of a scenario that has been hinted at, feared by some, welcomed by others, that just basically hangs over the heads of all Falcon fans, coaching staff, and the front office.
What happens if Vick gets off to a slow start in a year, then gets hurt. Then someone like Schaub steps in, wins some games, but doesn't get the team to the playoffs. Do we just dump Vick the following year.
I hate to bring race into it, but it just seems awfully fishy for me after the supposed way of how quickly Denny Green was shown the door in Minnesota, if this is happening to Culpepper, it seems that it just lends some extra credence to Green's accusations, whether true or not.
You can't say the Vikings are getting rid of him because of injury. Because they're targeting Brees, who is hurt also. And despit the scope of Culpepper's knee injury, Brees' shoulder injury is more career threatening. Any upper body injury to a quarterback sucks years out of his career. Whether it's a sternum injury, shoulder injury, or head injury, it sucks years off a QB's career. Just ask Steve Young, Stan Humphries, Aikman, McNair, Pennington, etc. We know from Randall Cunningham's career that this injury isn't the end for Culpepper.
It seems like a lot of us saw this coming: http://www.falcfans.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=892