Green To Be Fired?

ESPN is reporting that, barring a change of heart, Red McCombs will fire Dennis Green and rumors of replacements and a landing spot for Green have already surfaced.

The phones at VU were buzzing this afternoon as a breaking story took on a life of its own.

It began about 4 p.m. Central Time when VU was told by a source at ESPN that the network was going to be reporting that head coach Dennis Green will be fired Tuesday.

By 4:30 p.m., ESPN's Chris Mortenson, a well-connected NFL insider said that, barring a change of heart by Red McCombs, when he and Green meet Tuesday following the final regular season game, he is going to be fired.

VU was on the phone within minutes to Winter Park and got neither confirmation nor denial of the story, which indicates it may have some validity.

Following that, VU sources started checking in saying that the Vikings already have a replacement in mind. The word in Tampa is that, barring a post-season run that would likely require two road wins by the Bucs, Tony Dungy will be fired and replaced by Bill Parcells. In that case, Dungy would be on the top of the Vikings wish list and, with his many connections to the Twin Cities as former defensive coordinator, he would be an ideal candidate to return and, since the Bucs will no longer be division rivals of the Vikings.

VU has also been told that Green may find a quick landing spot if he is fired. San Diego has a coaching vacancy and apparently is not willing to give it to offensive coordinator Norv Turner. The prime candidate being thrown out is Jets defensive coordinator Ted Cottrell. However, Green has ties with the San Diego area and would be an ideal candidate if he becomes available.

All of this information has come to VU within the last 90 minutes. We will update this story as more information becomes available. VU publisher Bob Lurtsema is scheduled to do a radio interview tonight with Daunte Culpepper on WCCO-AM radio and Green was expected to be a call-in guest. Whether that happens or not, we'll see. But we will follow all the developments and keep fans posted as to this breaking story.

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