February 19, 2002 |
Faced with the reality they would lose him one way or another, the Oakland Raiders traded Coach Jon Gruden to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday for four draft picks--two first-rounders and two second-rounders--and $8 million. "You never try to get too surprised in this business, but this certainly was surprising," Gruden told The Times in a phone interview from his Pleasanton, Calif., home.
January 4, 2002 |
Minnesota Viking Coach Dennis Green may be fired by team owner Red McCombs next week, ESPN reported, citing unidentified sources. The Vikings (5-10) will miss the playoffs this season for only the second time under Green, who has been Minnesota's coach since 1992. Minnesota had never had a losing record during his tenure. He is expected to meet with McCombs on Tuesday, the day after the Vikings play their regular-season finale at Baltimore.
December 12, 2001 |
Minnesota owner Red McCombs says Dennis Green "absolutely" will be the team's coach in 2002, regardless of how the Vikings fare this season. McCombs was thrilled with the Vikings' dominating performance in their 42-24 victory over the Tennessee Titans on Sunday. Minnesota is 5-7. Green has finished .500 or better in each of his previous nine seasons with the Vikings. Publicly, McCombs has remained supportive of Green's performance throughout the season.
January 15, 2001 |
Bud Grant could never win the big one, going 0-4 with the Minnesota Vikings in four Super Bowl appearances. But Dennis Green can't even win the next-to-the-big one, his record in NFC championship games now 0-2. And an ugly 0-2 it is. January 1999: With a 15-1 regular-season record and an offense that had just shattered the league's single-season scoring record, Green's Vikings lost at home to Chris Chandler and the Atlanta Falcons in overtime, 30-27.
December 10, 2000 |
The bear of a man could stare down thundering John Randle, straighten up raucous Cris Carter, shut up rowdy Jim McMahon. But he couldn't do anything about the whispers. Whispers about his intelligence. Whispers about his personal life. The constant, droning whispers about his color. In 1998, six years after Dennis Green of the Minnesota Vikings became the second black head coach in the history of the NFL, the whispers reached the ear of his new boss.
October 15, 2000 |
An offseason of criticism is nothing new for Minnesota Viking coach Dennis Green. Neither is a winning season. This one is turning out no different. Green entrusted the team to a raw quarterback, turned over much of his coaching staff and released a Pro Bowl offensive lineman for starters, yet the Vikings are 5-0 going into tonight's game at Chicago. "The seat's hot," said Viking defensive line coach Fred vonAppen, "and he's willing to sit in it."