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    Cards coach to CofC: Expect 10-6 year
    Josh Kelley
    The Arizona Republic
    Jun. 24, 2004 12:00 AM

    Dennis Green sounded more like a motivational speaker than a head football coach during a speech to the Tempe Chamber of Commerce at a luncheon Tuesday.

    The first-year Arizona Cardinals coach told the crowd of about 300 that his mission is to inject an attitude of winning into a franchise with a legacy of losing.

    "The Arizona Cardinals have never won before," Green said. "That has nothing to do with winning now."

    Green, who lives in Ahwatukee Foothills, guaranteed a playoff berth and predicted a record of 10-6, a far cry from the Cardinals' record of 4-12 one year ago.

    "I believe in fair play," Green said. "Every team should get a big, juicy bite of the apple."

    Green described a team with plenty of young talent on offense, which figures to be the team's backbone, he said. Wide receivers Anquan Boldin and Larry Fitzgerald, last year's Heisman Trophy runner-up from the University of Pittsburgh,have impressed Green with their talent, along with tight end Freddie Jones and quarterback Josh McCown.

    But Green's cheerleading turned sour when he expressed his displeasure over the Cardinals' first preseason game Aug. 14 in Minnesota against the Vikings, Green's former team.

    "I think that's the National Football League's sense of humor and not mine," he said. "That was a terrible decision on their part . . . that game should be played here."

    Because so many Vikings fans live in the Valley, the crowd turnout for a Vikings game would have been much larger than what's expected for the Cardinals' other scheduled preseason games, Green said.

    He also called on residents to "defend your city" during the next NFL draft from the likes of Eli Manning, who wouldn't play for the San Diego Chargers despite the team using its No. 1 draft pick on him this year.

    "Never allow a 23-year-old, snotty-nosed guy" to do that, Green said to a chorus of laughs.

  • #2
    Re: Green guarantees Cardinals playoff birth

    I think they will be improved, not just because of fitzgerald and green, but because they were actually a reasonably tough team at home last year, just really bad on the road. Notwithstanding the foregoing, I cant see them going 10-6 having to play us twice and the seachickens twice. I just dont see the horses on the defensive side of the ball and they have a totally unproven qb.

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    • #3
      Re: Green guarantees Cardinals playoff birth

      Their receiving corp is top-notch, no doubt. But I don't see Josh McCown being the one to get them the ball.

      Also, if Green takes his team to 10-6 and the playoffs, he shouldn't have to worry about 1st pick brats anyway.
      The more things change, the more they stay the same.


      • #4
        Re: Green guarantees Cardinals playoff birth

        This is what I like about the NFL. What in the wild world of sports is he supposed to say? We are gonna suck? Don't buy tickets because we won't field a competitive team?


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          Dennis Green Fired from Cards
          by Varg6
          TEMPE, Ariz. -- The Arizona Cardinals fired coach Dennis Green on Monday after he failed to turn the downtrodden franchise into a winner in three seasons on the job.

          Green was dismissed one day after the Cardinals concluded a 5-11 season with a 27-20 loss at San Diego. He finished with a 16-32 record at Arizona. The Cardinals will pay $2.5 million to buy out the final year of his contract.

          He was the seventh coach the Cardinals have had since the franchise moved to Arizona in 1988. Green's mission was to turn around the perpetually losing Cardinals, who have had one winning season since 1984, and put a winner into the new stadium when it opened this season.

          The stadium, the signing of running back Edgerrin James and the drafting of quarterback Matt Leinart stirred up interest in the team, which sold out every home game this year.

          But after a season-opening home victory over San Francisco, the Cardinals lost eight in a row and quickly fell out of the playoff hunt. The skid included close home losses to St. Louis, Kansas City and, most memorably on a Monday night, Chicago.

          Green demoted offensive coordinator Keith Rowen after six games and replaced him with Mike Kruczek, one of many shakeups on his staff during his time with the Cardinals. Leinart replaced Kurt Warner after five games and showed great promise.

          However, the team's fortunes didn't turn around until the coach finally settled on who should play on the offensive line. Arizona won four of its last seven but it was too little, too late.

          Green was out of coaching after his decade with the Minnesota Vikings ended in 2001. He was lured back by a four-year, $10 million contract and the belief that Arizona was on the brink of becoming a successful team.

          He made several moves that seemed to backfire, beginning with the abrupt release of offensive lineman Pete Kendall on the eve of his first training camp. In his first season, Green benched quarterback Josh McCown for Shaun King even though the team had won three of its last four. By the time McCown got the job back, the Cardinals had lost three straight.

          Green's three teams in Arizona went 6-10, 5-11 and 5-11. He has a career NFL coaching record of 124-115.

          Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press

          Wow...truly shocking!
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        • DJRamFan
          [Cardinals] Cards feeling defeated
          by DJRamFan
          4-9 record takes its toll on Green

          Tim Tyers
          The Arizona Republic
          Dec. 14, 2004 12:00 AM

          The demeanor of Cardinals coach Dennis Green on Monday was that of a man ready to cut loose with a refrain from an old country song: "You ripped my heart out and stomped that sucker flat."

          The man who predicted a winning season and possible playoff berth upon his arrival had nothing good to say about his four-win team, or the way the season has transpired during his first season with the Cardinals.

          San Francisco, with only two wins, is considered the worst team in pro football. But both of its wins have come against the Cardinals, including Sunday's 31-28 win in overtime, so where does that leave the Cardinals? advertisement

          Emmitt Smith, the NFL's career rushing leader, said after Sunday's loss that the team is making elementary mistakes and insinuated that some of the problem is coaching.

          "You know," Green said, "everybody has their own opinion. I will reserve mine."

          To his credit, Green didn't dodge the issue when asked if he was worried about losing the attention of his team.

          "Absolutely," he said. "You worry about losing everybody. I don't think (owner) Mr. Bill Bidwill is very happy right now. I don't think he counted on hiring a new coach and having the new coach be 4-9. It's everybody. I don't think the fans counted on being 4-9. I know I didn't count on being 4-9 . . .

          "There is a chance to lose everybody when you get into a situation where you are not winning . . . "

          Green took on a huge task when he came to Arizona in January to rebuild the franchise. Yet, Sunday's loss guaranteed the Cardinals their 15th losing season in the past 17 years. The question now is, how much progress has been made?

          "I would hope to say a lot of things are better, but you know . . . sometimes we are in a bottom line business. In fact, most of the time we are.

          "We only had 35,000 people there (Sunday). That's not a very big crowd, not a lot of people for the fifth-largest city in America. That's not a lot of people who want to come and watch you play in your stadium."

          In Sunday's game there were five major errors on special teams, the offense didn't report for duty until the second half and Arizona's gambling defense was once again porous against the run. Nondescript Maurice Hicks, an undrafted free agent, not only became the eighth rusher to top 100 yards against Arizona, but his 139 yards came within 5 yards of matching his season total entering the game.

          Green said the Cardinals are not physical enough at the point of attack against the run. They've tried to offset that with blitzes, but sometimes the formation takes away the blitz and the lack of physicality...
          -12-14-2004, 10:30 AM
        • Bruce=GOAT
          Arizona Cardinals lose player
          by Bruce=GOAT
          Cardinals lose tackle Oliver Ross to knee injury
          Cardinals lose tackle Oliver Ross to knee injury

          August 2, 2006

          FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) -- Arizona Cardinals right tackle Oliver Ross will miss at least three weeks, and possibly as many as 10, because of a right knee injury.

          Coach Dennis Green said Ross may have torn his meniscus. The club was awaiting test results.

          "We'll just have to see what's going to take place," Green said. "They can get a little more examination of the information and make a decision on him."

          Ross, an eight-year veteran, said he hurt his knee during a blocking drill Wednesday morning during practice at Northern Arizona University. "My foot slipped, and then I felt something," he said. "I was just like, 'Football.' I kind of tried to work through it. It started getting tighter and tighter as practice went on."

          Ross, who signed a five-year free agent contract last year, missed four games a year ago because of a broken hand.

          Green said Fred Wakefield could replace Ross in the lineup.
          -08-02-2006, 04:20 PM
        • moklerman
          Cardinals: Green compares McCown to Favre
          by moklerman
          Cardinals: Green compares McCown to Favre

          by Fanball Staff -
          Monday, July 19, 2004

          Cardinals' head coach Dennis Green named third-year quarterback Josh McCown as his starter this spring. Green has taken his faith in McCown one step further by comparing his young signal caller to a future Hall of Fame quarterback. "McCown can be like Brett Favre," Green told the San Diego Union-Tribune on July 17. "He reminds me a lot of Favre. He is a tremendous athlete, 6-foot-5 and 225 pounds, with 4.6 speed and a vertical leap of 39 inches." Green also explained why he didn't use the No. 3 pick in the draft to select a quarterback. "I did not want to waste the period between January and the April draft and then find out that none of those college quarterbacks are ready to play, and none of them are." Green also predicted that McCown will "set the NFL on fire."

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          I just thought to be fair I should rip Green for the same thing I ripped Martz for. I think both are ridiculous statements.
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        • Nick
          Green loses patience with Leinart's holdout
          by Nick
          Green loses patience with Leinart's holdout
          Associated Press
          Posted: 4 minutes ago

          FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - Arizona Cardinals coach Dennis Green has lost his patience with rookie Matt Leinart and his contract holdout.

          Green sharply criticized Leinart and his representatives on Monday for rejecting "a more than generous" offer from the team.

          "It is an outstanding contract," Green said. "It's $14 million guaranteed."

          Green said the deal is far more than a 10th pick would normally receive.

          Leinart's agent, Tom Condon, did not return a telephone message seeking a response to Green's comments.

          Leinart is the only first-round pick unsigned. The next-to-last holdout agreed to terms a week ago. That's the date, Green said, the Cardinals made their latest offer.

          Leinart might have been the No. 1 pick in the draft a year ago but he decided to remain at USC for his senior season. This year, he unexpectedly fell to the Cardinals at the No. 10 spot.

          Green said the sides were at odds over the total value of the contract, which the coach said was among the top five of this year's deals with draft picks.

          The main issue reportedly is the size of escalation clauses that would give Leinart additional money the more he plays.

          Green was upset with the perception that Cardinals owner Bill Bidwill was being cheap in the negotiations.

          "I've been here two years," Green said. "All I know is when we set out a strategy, whether it be signing Bertrand Berry, or drafting Larry Fitzgerald, Bill Bidwill has helped us get that player."

          He said the signing of running back Edgerrin James was the best example.

          "Edgerrin James is as big as they come," Green said. "We had our powder dry and we got a guy who's been the most significant back in the National Football League over the last seven years."

          Leinart's absence was magnified when backup John Navarre threw two interceptions in Saturday's preseason opener against Pittsburgh.

          Kurt Warner understands Green's frustrations.

          "Coach wants guys to help us win and Matt's one of those guys that's going to make our team better," Warner said. "That sometimes can get frustrating as players, as a coach, because so much of that is out of your control."

          "Leinart has missed a crucial two weeks of training camp," Warner said.

          "I think everybody knows that the more days you miss, the more games you miss, the farther and farther you fall behind and the harder it is to catch up," Warner said.

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          -08-14-2006, 06:07 PM