Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Dennis Green, trailblazing coach and mentor to Tony Dungy, dies at 67

MINNEAPOLIS — Dennis Green, a trailblazing coach who led a Vikings renaissance in the 1990s and helped Tony Dungy set the stage to become Bucs coach, died Thursday at 67.

Mr. Green's family posted a message on the Cardinals website Friday announcing the death. "His family was by his side, and he fought hard," the statement read. Other details were not disclosed, though the Cardinals said the cause was a heart attack.

"He did so much for me," tweeted Dungy, who in 1992 became Mr. Green's defensive coordinator with the Vikings. "Tomorrow not promised."

The Bucs hired Dungy in 1996.

"It's a tough, tough day, losing Denny," Dungy said. "He was making sure I was learning and making sure I had what I needed to learn for that next step. He was very intentional in putting me in the loop in what was going on with the team. Things like decisions he was making and the things I would need to know if I ever became a head coach. I owe a lot to him. It wasn't only important for Denny Green to be successful but for the rest of the guys on his staff to be successful."

Mr. Green was the first black head coach in Big Ten history when he took over Northwestern in 1981 and was the third black head coach in the NFL when the Vikings hired him in 1992.

"He was one of the forerunners, standard-bearers from an African-American standpoint," Vikings COO Kevin Warren said. "He then hired people and gave them opportunities."

Mr. Green led the Vikings to eight playoff appearances and two NFC championship games. He went out on a limb before the 1998 season, drafting Randy Moss at No. 21 after the receiver fell due to character concerns.

Moss was an immediate sensation.

Mr. Green went 4-8 in the postseason, one reason he was fired by Minnesota late in the 2001 season.

Mr. Green finished his three years in Arizona with a 16-32 record. Many remember his final season in Arizona in 2006 for a Monday night loss to Chicago, when the Bears rallied late from a 20-point deficit. Afterward, Mr. Green pounded the podium and yelled "The Bears are who we thought they were!" The line has been replayed endlessly since.

Mr. Green was well known for his "Denny-isms'' sayings. "Plan your work and work your plan," he would often say during practice and game preparation.

"I still use that 'Denny-ism' today," Raiders coach Jack Del Rio said. "Coach Green is going to be missed dearly by everyone that was lucky enough to know him."

Green was an avid drummer, and Moss said Friday that "we had a team and one thing he taught us was to play to one beat. His legacy will live on."

ELLIOTT DENIES ACCUSATION: Cowboys rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott, accused of domestic abuse in Columbus, Ohio, denied the allegations to police. Elliott was not arrested or charged, and the case has been referred to the prosecutor's office. The team believes the allegations are suspect and that Elliott had been trying to end a relationship, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. The woman, Tiffany Thompson, posted photos on her Instagram account showing bruises that she claims are the result of domestic abuse. Elliott said the bruises were a result of a bar fight Thompson had been in. Thompson said she was Elliott's live-in girlfriend.

Suspensions: Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell and Colts defensive lineman Arthur Jones were each suspended four games for violation of the NFL's drug policy, according to reports. Bell is appealing. His suspension reportedly is due to a missed drug test, not a failed one.

REDSKINS: Linebacker Adam Hayward was released. Hayward had missed just five games in his first seven seasons with the Bucs, but in Washington was limited by injuries, playing 11 games in two seasons. Former Buc Mason Foster is among the linebacker options who will be in Redskins camp.

Comments
NFL draft: How the Bucs can grab hold of the NFC South

NFL draft: How the Bucs can grab hold of the NFC South

TAMPA — From the department of the weird, also known as Bucs marketing genius — also known as if it bombs, we can blame Ed Glazer — the Bucs will use a … parrot to announce their fourth-round pick in the NFL Draft, which kicks...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Q&A with Bucs tackle Donovan Smith: On bowling, charity work, team expectations

Q&A with Bucs tackle Donovan Smith: On bowling, charity work, team expectations

Bucs tackle Donovan Smith has a big season ahead, going into a contract year as part of a reshuffled offensive line. Still only 24, he has started all 48 games in his three NFL seasons, and has made it a priority in the offseason to be more active in...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Bucs draft scenarios: Would this guy be their lucky pick at No. 7?

Bucs draft scenarios: Would this guy be their lucky pick at No. 7?

TAMPA – This is the Rubiks Cube of NFL drafts. It can be twisted and turned it in any direction. Not many know how everything will line up.For the Bucs, the puzzle is simple.  Since they have the No. 7 overall pick, they need four quarterb...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Mock draft consensus: Who the experts have Bucs taking at No. 7

Mock draft consensus: Who the experts have Bucs taking at No. 7

We've linked to a lot of mock drafts over the last four months.We went back and assembled mocks from 40 different NFL writers we've linked to — this isn't the most recent for some of these who are in Mock 9.0 mode, but it's meant as an unscient...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Who will the Bucs take with the No. 7 pick?

Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Who will the Bucs take with the No. 7 pick?

Rick Stroud answers your NFL draft questions in this mailbag segment, including who the Bucs might take with the seventh overall pick, which running backs they might be looking at, whether Taven Bryan could slip to them in the second r...
Updated: 10 hours ago
Five options if the Bucs want to trade down from No. 7

Five options if the Bucs want to trade down from No. 7

For months, NFL fans have wondered what the Bucs might do with the No. 7 pick in Thursday's draft, producing a wide range of answers, each with passionate support from some of their fans.But as draft nears, and as the interest level in a talented gro...
Published: 04/24/18
Could Washington DT Vita Vea be the Bucs’ real target at No. 7 in the draft?

Could Washington DT Vita Vea be the Bucs’ real target at No. 7 in the draft?

Vita VeaPosition: Defensive tackleSchool: WashingtonHeight/weight: 6-4, 347Draft projection: Round 1Why Vita Vea makes sense for the Bucs: Vea's combination of size and quick feet is rare. He ran a 5.1 40-yard dash and bench pressed 225 pounds 40 tim...
Published: 04/24/18
Important questions and answers about Bucs’ draft parrot

Important questions and answers about Bucs’ draft parrot

The final days leading up to the NFL draft can be a busy time, but rarely do you call someone you trust from a team and say: "What can you tell me about the parrot?"Yes, the Bucs will have a parrot — specifically a Catalina macaw named Zsa Zsa ...
Published: 04/24/18
Ex-Bucs QB Jeff Garcia doesn’t care about NFL draft: ‘I have a life’

Ex-Bucs QB Jeff Garcia doesn’t care about NFL draft: ‘I have a life’

So much of the attention Monday surrounding the Bucs' announcing who'd be announcing their late-round draft picks was, of course, that a parrot would be delivering the name of the fourth-round pick to the pirate ship at Raymond James Stadium.But late...
Published: 04/24/18
Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Breaking down the NFL draft with Sam Farmer

Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Breaking down the NFL draft with Sam Farmer

On today's Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast, Rick Stroud breaks down the NFL draft with the Los Angeles Times' Sam Farmer.Farmer coordinates a mock draft with beat writers around the league, and it's usually one of the most accurate prognostications...
Published: 04/24/18