Moss: Dennis Green picked the right words, right beats

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Former Vikings wide receiver Randy Moss shared some memories of former Vikings coach Dennis Green Friday on ESPN’s NFL Live, and Moss remembered one Monday Night Football game during his rookie season for which Green was especially wound up.

“It was a big game, and I remember Coach Green saying throughout the week that he was going to unleash something on the Packers,” Moss said. “Before the game, some of us were playing some beats on the lockers. Now, everybody knew Coach Green liked to play the drums. He played some beats on the lockers, too, but after a minute he started playing the same beat [the players were], not his own. Everybody was geeked up, riled up and ready to go play the Packers.

“He would always say, ‘There’s only one ball. You have to play to one beat.'”

The Vikings won that game, 37-24. Moss had five catches for 190 yards and two touchdowns.

Green died Friday at age 67. He coached the Vikings for 11 seasons, eight of them playoff seasons, and later was head coach of the Cardinals.

Moss was just officially hired by ESPN. He was a rookie in 1998, when the Vikings went 15-1 and Moss caught 17 touchdowns for what was the highest-scoring offense in league history to that point.

“Coach Green gave me a chance,” Moss said. “I remember him on draft day calling and asking if I was ready to become a Viking. The answer was yes.

“Today I’ve been reading a lot of the comments and the positive things people are saying about him…and they’re very true. He meant a lot to me and meant a lot to others. His legacy will live on.”

24 responses to “Moss: Dennis Green picked the right words, right beats

  1. Coached 11 seasons, 8 of them made the playoffs. Minnesota hasn’t experienced that long a run in my lifetime, and I grew up watching Fran Tarkenton. Take note NFL owners – More black head coaches, OC and DC’s positions are deeply needed.

  2. I agree with you that the percentage of coaches in the NFL and college ranks who happen to be black does not even come close to the percentage of players at both levels who happen to be black. And you’d think the latter would eventually transfer to the former. But in this case why not give the man his due? Denny Green was just a good coach – regardless of skin color. I very much doubt the color of his skin enhanced his ability to coach the game of football.

    Belichick is white. McCarthy is white. Tomlin is black. Bowles is black. All very good coaches.

  3. That game Moss had against the Packers made them draft 3 or 4 Dbacks in the next draft. The Packers were also really close to a consecutive home wins record. Favre actually complained about the weather after the game. It was a good night. We’ll miss you Coach!!

  4. Classic line from Blazing Saddles………

    Green’s first sentence…….as new Viking coach.

    “There is a new Sheriff in Town”

    Here comes this black guy to white Minnesota.

    Still cracks me up!

  5. You could make the argument that without green drafting moss, us bank stadium never exist. Rip coach green.

  6. What was the biggest choke job of moss’s career? 1998 Vikings or 2007 patriots. Regardless moss is part of the 2 biggest choke jobs in NFL history.

  7. thermanmerman99 says:
    Jul 22, 2016 7:52 PM
    What was the biggest choke job of moss’s career? 1998 Vikings or 2007 patriots. Regardless moss is part of the 2 biggest choke jobs in NFL history.
    ——
    Care to compare your NFL career to that of Randy Moss? Crickets?

  8. “More black head coaches, OC and DC’s positions are deeply needed.”

    Because we all know wins are only related to the color of one’s skin! Why can’t Denny Green just be remembered for the person he was instead of the person he looked like?

  9. What was the biggest choke job of moss’s career? 1998 Vikings or 2007 patriots. Regardless moss is part of the 2 biggest choke jobs in NFL history.
    ——

    Seriously?

    1998: That’s on Gary Anderson. Moss caught a long TD in that game if I recall.

    2007: Moss caught what would have been the game winning TD (after making a great 3rd down catch on the same drive minutes earlier). David Tyree…

  10. Haha, Denny green knew all about the packer cornerbacks before that game, and he knew they had no chance against randy moss. he was salivating to unleash the beast.

  11. Green will be missed. Here’s a guy who loved football, fishing, and music so much that he was masterful of all three. Most of us are lucky just to master one or two things. Green was a helluva guy. We will miss you coach! Rest in peace (or play your drums real loud in the great beyond, your choice).

  12. Great correlation between the ball and the beat. You have to share the beat and you have to share the ball. Some real excellent quotes from Moss about coach.

  13. Randy Moss is the greatest WR of all times, and it’s not even close. He finally got to play with a HOF QB after he was way past his prime, and he still shattered NFL records. Imagine if he played his entire career with a good QB. Denny Green was more than just a great coach. He was loved by his players.

  14. Glad someone else remembered the “There’s a new sheriff in town” presser as his first sentence. That was Awesome!

    He had his own style that was great for the (at the time known as) black & blue division.

    Much respect for the man.

  15. Rest in peace Dennis. Way too soon for this.

    One correction: Green coached the Vikings for 10 seasons, from 1992-2001.

  16. So, in some ways, as in other years, the Vikings did win a “SuperBowl” that day.

  17. thermanmerman99 says:
    Jul 22, 2016 7:52 PM

    What was the biggest choke job of moss’s career? 1998 Viking.

    ))))))))))))))))))))))))))

    The packers are the only 15-1 team in the history of the NFL to go 15-1 and lose the first game they played in the playoffs.

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