|Date of birth||February 17, 1949|
|Place of birth||Harrisburg, Pennsylvania|
|Career Record||113-94-0 (Regular Season)|
|Coaching Stats||Pro Football Reference|
|Team(s) as a coach/administrator|
Dennis "Denny" Green (born February 17, 1949 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania) is a former American football head coach. Events 1500 - Battle of Hemmingstedt. 1600 - Philosopher Giordano Bruno is burned alive at Campo de' Fiori Year 1949 ( MCMXLIX) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Harrisburg is the Capital of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, in the United States of America This is a List of Athletic Conferences of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA and National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA The University of Iowa, is a major teaching service and Research university located on a campus in Iowa City Iowa, on the banks of the Iowa River In an organised Sports league, a season is the portion of one Year in which regulated Games of the sport are in session The Northwestern Wildcats are the athletic teams that represent Northwestern University, a founding member of the Big Ten Conference, and the only private The Stanford Cardinal is the nickname of the athletic teams at Stanford University. The Minnesota Vikings are a professional American football team based out of Minneapolis Minnesota. The Arizona Cardinals are a professional American football team based in Glendale Arizona, just outside of Phoenix. Events 1500 - Battle of Hemmingstedt. 1600 - Philosopher Giordano Bruno is burned alive at Campo de' Fiori Year 1949 ( MCMXLIX) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Harrisburg is the Capital of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, in the United States of America American football, known in the United States and Canada simply as football, is a competitive Team sport known for mixing strategy with For the coaching strategy game see NFL Head Coach. A head coach is a professional who is responsible for the overall actions of During his professional career, Green coached the Minnesota Vikings and Arizona Cardinals. The Minnesota Vikings are a professional American football team based out of Minneapolis Minnesota. The Arizona Cardinals are a professional American football team based in Glendale Arizona, just outside of Phoenix.
Green's best season in Minnesota was in 1998, when the record-setting Vikings finished 15–1 and set the NFL record for most points in a season (since broken by the New England Patriots on December 29, 2007). The 1998 NFL season was the 79th regular season of the National Football League. Events 1170 - Thomas Becket: Thomas Becket Archbishop of Canterbury is assassinated inside Canterbury Cathedral by followers of King Henry II Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. However, they lost in the NFC Championship Game, 30-27 to the Atlanta Falcons. The Atlanta Falcons are an American football team based in Atlanta Georgia. Despite compiling a record of 97–62 in the regular season, Green was unable to reach the Super Bowl. professional American football, the Super Bowl is the Championship game of the National Football League (NFL
Green grew up in a working class household in racially-segregated Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Harrisburg is the Capital of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, in the United States of America His father was a postal worker and his mother a beautician. His father died when Green was 11 and his mother died when he was 13. Green has said that he was in attendance at the March 2, 1962 NBA game in Hershey, Pennsylvania where Wilt Chamberlain scored 100 points. Wilton Norman "Wilt" Chamberlain (August 21 1936&ndashOctober 12 1999 nicknamed Wilt the Stilt, The Big Dipper, and Chairman of the Boards
He attended John Harris High School (now Harrisburg High School) in Harrisburg, and graduated cum laude with a BA in finance from The University of Iowa. Latin honors are Latin phrases used to indicate the level of academic distinction with which an Academic degree was earned The field of finance refers to the concepts of Time, Money and Risk and how they are interrelated According to Green, he was planning to be a high school teacher if his football career didn't pan out. In college he started as halfback in each of his three seasons with the Iowa Hawkeyes. A halfback or tailback is an offensive position in American, and College football who lines up in the backfield and generally is responsible The Iowa Hawkeyes football team is the interscholastic football team at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa.  Green played briefly for the British Columbia Lions of the Canadian Football League in 1971, then worked as an assistant coach at the University of Dayton, University of Iowa and Stanford University, initially under Bill Walsh. The Canadian Football League (CFL ( Ligue canadienne de football (LCF in The University of Dayton (abbreviated UD) is a private Catholic University operated by the Society of Mary located in Dayton Ohio The University of Iowa, is a major teaching service and Research university located on a campus in Iowa City Iowa, on the banks of the Iowa River Leland Stanford Junior University, commonly known as Stanford University or simply Stanford, is a private Research university located in William Ernest "Bill" Walsh ( November 30 1931 &ndash July 30 2007) was an American head football coach of the
In 1981, Green was named the head coach of Northwestern University, a school that had gone 1-34 in its last 35 games. In 1981, he was only the second African American head coach in Division I-A history (the previous coach, Willie Jeffries, coached at Wichita State, which no longer has a football team). Division I (or D-I) is the highest level of intercollegiate athletics sanctioned by the National Collegiate Athletic Association in the United States Willie Jeffries, a native of Union South Carolina was a College football coach. Wichita State University (WSU is an American state-supported university located in the city of Wichita Kansas.  Green was named the Big Ten Conference Dave McClain Coach Of The Year, as chosen by writers and broadcasters, in 1982 at Northwestern.  He left Northwestern in 1985, doing a stint as running backs coach for the San Francisco 49ers under his former boss at Stanford, Bill Walsh. The San Francisco 49ers are a professional American football team
In 1989, Green took the head coaching position at Stanford University, inheriting a team that had graduated 17 of its 21 starters from 1988. Green led the Cardinal from 1989-1991. During that time, his teams were 3-0 in the Big Game against the California Golden Bears. The Big Game is the annual football game between Stanford University and the University of California Berkeley (known simply as "Cal" held The California Golden Bears is the nickname used for 27 varsity athletic programs of the University of California Berkeley. In 1990, his Stanford team defeated the #1 ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish in South Bend, Indiana. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are the varsity sports teams of the University of Notre Dame. His tenure culminated with an 8-3 record (Stanford's best in years). A loss to Washington in the opening game of the season was the deciding factor for the PAC-10 championship. The Cardinal made an appearance in the 1991 Aloha Bowl, where his team lost to Georgia Tech on a last-minute punt return. The Aloha Bowl was a National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I -A College football bowl game played in ʻAiea Hawaii at Aloha The Georgia Institute of Technology, commonly known as Georgia Tech, or Tech, is a public, Coeducational Research university in
Green was a disciple of Bill Walsh's West Coast offense and was touted by Walsh and other NFL pundits as a likely candidate to be the second African-American head coach in the NFL. In American football, " West Coast Offense " ("WCO" is one of two similar but distinct offensive-strategic-systems of play (A the "Air Coryell" Walsh also had his eye on the job at Stanford after a stint in the broadcast booth. On January 10, 1992, Green was named head coach of the Minnesota Vikings, replacing the retiring Jerry Burns. Events 49 BC - Julius Caesar crosses the Rubicon, signaling the start of civil war. The 1992 NFL season was the 73rd Regular season of the National Football League. For other people named Burns see Burns (disambiguation. Jerome Burns (born January 24, 1927 in Detroit Michigan He would be only the second African American head coach after Art Shell in the modern NFL era, and only the third of all time after Fritz Pollard and Shell. Arthur "Art" Shell (born November 26, 1946) is a former American football player in the National Football League (NFL and two-time Frederick Douglass "Fritz" Pollard ( January 27, 1894 – May 11, 1986) was the first African American head coach in the
Through his first six years with the team, Green never posted a losing record and the team failed to qualify for the playoffs only once. Initially, Green earned praise for turning around a what had recently been a lackluster franchise. However, as the team's fan-base grew accustomed to regular season success, Green came under criticism for failing to advance the team deeper into the playoffs.
In 1996, two members of the Vikings' ownership board, Wheelock Whitney and Jane Dyer, reportedly contacted Lou Holtz, who was the coach of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team and former coach of the Minnesota Golden Gophers football team. Wheelock "Whee" Whitney Jr is a Minneapolis philanthropist and politician who attended Phillips Andover with George H Louis Leo Holtz (born on January 6 1937 in Follansbee West Virginia) is an author television commentator motivational speaker and former NCAA The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are the varsity sports teams of the University of Notre Dame. The Minnesota Golden Gophers are the college sports team for the University of Minnesota. They wanted to bring Holtz in to replace Green.  Holtz abruptly announced his retirement in 1996, and rumors surrounded the reasons, one of which was the possible Vikings head coaching position.  Dennis also had off the field issues as he was involved in a court case with a female front office employee and rumors of impropriety.
In November 1997, Dennis published his autobiography No Room For Crybabies in which he responded to the criticism and perceived personal vendettas by Twin Cities sports writers Bob Sansevere, Dan Barreiro, and Patrick Reusse. Events in November All Saints' Day (formerly All Hallows Day a Christian holy day is celebrated on November 1, the day after Halloween The year 1997 in literature involved some significant events and new books Tom Barnard (born November 7, 1951) is a Radio Talk show host and former Voice-over talent Dan Barreiro is a Sports radio talk-show host on KFAN 1130-AM in the Twin cities of Minneapolis-St Patrick Reusse is a Sportswriter and Radio personality in the Twin Cities. He threatened to sue the team as his response to the Lou Holtz rumors. 
The high point of Dennis' Vikings career was the 1998 season where the team lost only one regular season game and set the NFL record for the most points scored in a season and finally advancing deep into the playoffs. The 1998 NFL season was the 79th regular season of the National Football League. Green reached several milestones, including coaching the former highest-scoring team in NFL history (now preceded by the 2007 Patriots) and becoming the first black head coach to come within a game of The Super Bowl, losing in overtime to the Falcons.
2001 brought uncharted territory for Green as Vikings' head coach, with a losing record for the first time in his decade with the team. The Vikings bought out Dennis Green's contract on January 4, 2002. Events 46 BC - Titus Labienus defeats Julius Caesar in the Battle of Ruspina. See also 2002 (disambiguation Year 2002 ( MMII) was a Common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. Assistant coach Mike Tice led the team in their final regular season game against the Baltimore Ravens. Michael Peter Tice (born February 2, 1959 in Bayshore, New York) is an American football National Football League The Baltimore Ravens are a professional American football team based in Baltimore Maryland. Tice was eventually named the head coach of the Vikings.
After spending two seasons as an analyst for ESPN, Green was hired as head coach by the Arizona Cardinals on January 7, 2004. ESPN, originally an acronym for Entertainment and Sports Programming Network, is an American Cable television network dedicated to Events 1325 - Alfonso IV becomes King of Portugal. 1558 - France takes Calais, the last continental "MMIV" redirects here For the Modest Mouse album see " Baron von Bullshit Rides Again " Through his first two years with the team, Green totaled 11 wins with the Cardinals, sending players to the pro bowl, and finishing 3rd and 2nd in the NFC West, an improvement over predecessor Dave McGinnis. Unlike his previous two seasons, the 2006 season began with great expectations for the Cardinals with the opening of a new stadium, sellout crowds, the drafting of quarterback Matt Leinart, and the signing of pro-bowl running back Edgerrin James. Matthew Stephen Leinart (born May 11, 1983) is an American football Quarterback (QB for the Arizona Cardinals of the National Edgerrin Tyree James (EDGE-uh-rin (born August 1, 1978 in Immokalee, Florida nicknamed “The Edge” or just “Edge” is an American football After a solid start, the Cardinals suffered some tough early losses. The worst of these came on October 16, 2006, after losing a 20-point lead over the Chicago Bears in less than twenty minutes, the generally soft-spoken Green threw a tirade during a post-game media conference. Events 456 - Magister militum Ricimer defeats the Emperor Avitus at Piacenza and becomes master of the western WikipediaCentralized discussion/Sports results --> The 2006 Arizona Cardinals season began with the team The Chicago Bears are a professional American football team based in Chicago, Illinois. In that conference, Green said of the Bears, "They are who we thought they were, and we let em' off the hook!" This phrase is still used heavily in NFL media coverage today, often comically, to describe the obvious flaws of an opponent and the failure to capitalize on that knowledge. It has been ranked as one of the best quotes of the past fifty years.  The following day, offensive coordinator Keith Rowen was fired and replaced with quarterbacks coach Mike Kruczek. An offensive coordinator typically refers to the coach on a American football team who is in charge of the offense. Keith Rowen (born September 2, 1952) is an American football coach for the Atlanta Falcons. Michael Francis Kruczek (born March 15, in 1953 in Washington D Though Green later apologized for the outburst, and the Cardinals eventually would rally to finish the season 4-3 in their last seven games, (including a rare win over playoff-bound Seattle) many pundits felt that the circumstances of the Cardinals' collapse against the Super Bowl-bound Bears on national television, combined with Green's tirade, had sealed his fate with the Cardinals.
On January 1, 2007, the Arizona Cardinals fired Green, despite the fact he had a year left on his contract. New Year See also New Year The Ancient Romans began their consular year on January 1st since 153 BC Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. 
In August of 2007, the Westwood One radio network announced that it had hired Green to serve as a color analyst on their Thursday night NFL broadcasts. Westwood One ( is an American Radio network. It is based in New York City, and it was previously managed by CBS Radio, the Radio Run to the Playoffs is the Brand name used by NFL Network for its schedule of live Regular season telecasts of National Football League 
Jeremy Green (journalist and son of Dennis) said in lieu of Green's firing that Green was likely to "take a year off and look at his options for 2008. Jeremy Green is a sports columnist and NFL studio analyst who currently works for Scouts Inc " Raiders owner Al Davis is reported to be interested in acquiring Green if Lane Kiffin is forced into an early departure. Lane Kiffin (born May 9, 1975, in Bloomington, Minnesota) is the former Head coach of the Oakland Raiders of the 
Dennis Green has one of the larger branches of the Bill Walsh coaching tree. Bill Walsh is the name of Bill Walsh (American football coach (1931-2007 coached San Francisco 49ers Bill Walsh (American football player A coaching tree is similar to a Family tree except it shows the relationships of coaches instead of family members He has helped groom future NFL Head Coaches such as Tony Dungy, Brian Billick, and Mike Tice. Anthony Kevin "Tony" Dungy (born October 6, 1955) is a former professional American football player and the current Head coach of the Brian Harold Billick ( February 28, 1954) is a former coach in the National Football League, most recently head coach of the Baltimore Ravens Michael Peter Tice (born February 2, 1959 in Bayshore, New York) is an American football National Football League
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