EDEN PRAIRIE (AP) -- Cris Carter confessed.
"I was really disappointed in myself," said Carter, whose sideline tirades during Minnesota's defeat to Chicago last Sunday served as an obvious sign of the Vikings' frustration with their sluggish offensive start.
"It was a tremendous mistake on my part," Carter said Wednesday. "Not the information I was trying to give, which we do every week -- because that's how you adjust in the game, but in how the information was presented."
Carter was caught on camera yelling at his quarterback, Daunte Culpepper, and several assistant coaches after a handful of failed drives in the 17-10 loss to the Bears. Fellow wide receiver Randy Moss also was seen shouting.
Minnesota's once-powerful offense, trying to replace the franchise's all-time rushing leader -- Robert Smith -- and two Pro Bowl offensive tackles -- Todd Steussie and Korey Stringer -- has scored just 23 points this season.
Carter had just one reception against Chicago, and Moss still doesn't have a touchdown or a gain longer than 28 yards. And the Vikings, still dealing with the tragic death of Stringer during training camp, are 0-2 for the first time since 1984.
Easy to see where the exasperation is coming from.
"That was just when the volcano blew," Carter said. "It's kind of a culmination of a lot of frustration for several weeks."
Coach Dennis Green was concerned enough about the situation's potentially adverse affects on his team that he spoke privately with Carter about toning down his behavior.
But this isn't the first time someone's seen Carter or Moss in a not-so-calm mode on the sidelines. And everyone insisted Sunday's incidents were blown out of proportion because of the Vikings' poor start.
Culpepper, who started for the NFC in the Pro Bowl and led the Vikings to the conference championship game, earned the respect of many teammates last season by not letting his always animated receivers rattle him in the huddle. But Culpepper was more worried Wednesday about Minnesota's next tough test -- Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
"For me, it wasn't big at all," Culpepper said. "My main thing is us putting points on the board. ... People are always suggesting things. Everybody is trying to help and everybody wants to win. It doesn't make it any harder for me because I know what to block out and what not to."
Carter, for all his talent and accomplishments, has throughout his career often been criticized for being too much of a complainer. But he insisted he wasn't venting Sunday about not getting the ball.
"I have a tremendous understanding of the way the game is played and what the coaches are trying to do, and I have been in the offense the longest," Carter said. "So I understand the assimilation of the offense and the way it is supposed to be run. I know a lot more about the offense definitely than any of the players. So now, how can we get the coaches and the players to get us in the same things?
Carter said he was most regretful about grabbing rookie Fearon Wright by the jersey after the linebacker had been called for a taunting penalty on a special teams play.
"He didn't deserve that," Carter said. "He really didn't. He just received my frustration on everything else."
Carter was confident he hadn't upset the team's chemistry.
"The Chicago game was a test," Carter said. "I flunked. But I think that during the course of my career and the course of my life that I have enough tests where I have gotten a lot of A's and a lot of extra credit. I haven't flunked the course. I just flunked the exam."
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