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Hey, 77, I'll take your emailed link as an invitation to come over. Hadn't heard of this board before today.

"Question: What ELSE does Dennis Green have up his sleeve? Take a look & see who he's LOST in the last 5 years, yet he keeps the thing rollin!!"

Let's divide this list in 2: offense and defense.

Offense:
Denny didn't exactly "lose" the linemen. He flat out ran Randall McDaniel out of town. He deserves full credit/blame for McDaniel's departure.

Christy didn't quite get run out of town, but more like nudged out of town. He was hoping to come back, Denny let him hang, and finally McDaniel convinced him to go with to Tampa.

Steussie has been declining the past couple of years. Mr. False Start and Holding Penalty was indeed a Pro Bowler a few years ago, but he has been far from that level of performance lately.

Stringer, the 4th loss on the line, is indeed unfortunate and was definitely not expected.


Brad Johnsom (QB)- Tampa (via WASH)

Johnson was never a Pro Bowler in Minnesota. He made his first Pro Bowl in 1999 after leaving here. He never played a full season's worth of games while in Minnesota.

Jeff George (QB)- WASH

George was a journeyman before coming to Minnesota, had a decent half season in 1999. I don't think he's ever made the Pro Bowl.

Robert Smith (RB)- Retirement

Probably the biggest loss of the bunch on offense. Another one that wasn't expected. But, there was also a lot of discussion here that between the injuries he had (worse than he let on) and his dislike of the team atmosphere (which is established by the head coach), he wanted out. At least part of this is tied to Denny, if even a small part.

Now the defense:

Kai-Lee Wong (LB)- CLEV
Kailee Wong is still the starting LB for the Vikes. You probably mean Dwayne Rudd, who was never a Pro Bowler. Another guy with one decent year, but his last couple were marked by more personal fouls and unsportsmanlike conducts than big plays.

John Randle (DE)- Seattle

Randle was a stud in his prime, but has been a shadow of himself the past couple of years. Losing him in 1997 would have hurt. Losing him this year didn't.

Henry Thomas (DT)- New England (I think)
He was lost to the Lions, but ended up with the Patriots eventually. He never amounted to anything once he wasn't next to Randle--a tribute to Randle's greatness, not his. He isn't in the league any more.



Here is the punchline on Denny: He has lost some key players, particularly on offense, but played a big role in driving them out of town. So, he doesn't get a lot of credit from me for overcoming this when he was the one beating them with a stick. To his credit, he has a good eye for spotting offensive talent and this has allowed him to replace these players. His record on defensive talent is nothing short of abhorrent. He also deserves a lot of blame for his coaching staff. He continues to protect Richard Solomon, despite being told by his players that the man cannot coach. Want to know why the secondary was so bad last year? All the guys said Solomon wasn't teaching them anything. As far as game coaching goes, Denny repeatedly shows poor playcalling and clock management.

Denny has an extremely good eye for offensive talent. He has no eye at all for defensive talent. He has shown little skill in game management.

He really should be an Assistant Director of Player Personnel (Offense) somewhere, not a GM and head coach in the NFL. He does have his talents, but coaching isn't it.

--Pup




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