Many people who know the relationship between Dennis Green and Red McCombs knows that McCombs has a world of respect for Green and his ability to get the most out of his players. But, as the salary cap, the Korey Stringer tragedy, free agent defections, Robert Smith's retirement and injuries to the current squad pile up, Green is now being seen in some circles as a coach with his job on the line.
While VU has a hard time believing that, Green, who signed a three-year extension last year after local Twin Cities media members had tried for years to get him fired, was as secure in his job as any coach in the league. But nothing remains the same in the NFL and new names have begun to surface.
Topping the list is McCombs cronie Mack Brown, who coaches the University of Texas. A pair of former Super Bowl-winning coaches -- Jimmy Johnson and Bill Parcells -- have also had their names mentioned. A fourth name is tied in with Parcells. If the Buccaneers continue to struggle, word out of Tampa is that Tony Dungy could be fired and replaced by Parcells. If that happens, according to Tampa sources, the Vikings would strongly consider bringing Dungy back, a plan several people thought was going to happen years ago when Dungy got the Tampa job -- firing Green and keeping Dungy.
All of this is speculation at this point, but once the rumors start circulating, they tend to take on a life of their own. Stayed tuned.
* With Sunday's loss the Vikings have lost seven straight road games dating back to last season.
* Orlando Thomas could be the next casualty of the Vikings. His play in recent weeks has been sub-par and his play Sunday was hideous. Green said Monday that, if Robert Griffith is back Monday, Thomas would likely be benched. VU has heard, however, that if Thomas doesn't pick up the level of his tackling soon, he may simply be cut to send a message to the rest of the team. Green also said that no position on defense is safe at this point and nobody should assume that they're guaranteed a starting spot.
The Vikings defense has returned to the bottom of the NFL after the last two games. They are 29th in first downs allowed and points allowed, 30th in sacks recorded and total defensive yards allowed and last in the NFL in giveaway-takaway differential at minus-11.
* Green said that it looks unlikely that either Corbin Lacina or Brad Badger will play Monday, which means the Vikings will go into Monday's game with Everett Lindsay at left tackle and Calvin Collins at left guard.
* The Vikings are checking the unclaimed freight of the NFL in hopes of plugging in some veteran help on both lines. One name that has surfaced is DT James Jones, who played for d-line coach Brian Baker in Detroit.
Green Could Be on Block If Woes Continue
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