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The Sports View


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By KAREN BASSO
Sports writer

As the NFL season comes to a close, personnel decisions are merely beginning for each team.

The most noted change thus far is the firing of Minnesota Vikings head coach Dennis Green. This decision was made after a dismal year for the NFC team.

Green has been the head coach for the purple people eaters for the past 10 seasons. During these seasons the team has made several playoff appearances, in fact only two seasons have passed that the team has not been in post season play under Green. During this time, the Vikings have captured four divisional titles under Green's command.

This is the first season in Green's career as head coach for the Vike's that the team has finished below 50 percent. This fact raises the question, why fire Denny Green?

The Vikings have two more years on Green's contract, however the team's management feels that it is time to shut the door to a legacy. This decision is because of a season which ended with the Vikings record being only 5-10 for the season.

After a decade of great football, Green's team just did not make it big in the NFL this past season. For this, the head coach is the man to be punished for this record.

I personally think that the Vikings are slitting their own throats. Coach Green is a highly regarded coach who knows the game of football better than most. This is a man who lives and breathes the game of football, and is also just a nice guy.

I think that if the Vikings are that set on having a better season next year, they must first look at the players, not the coach.

The Vikings main man, Randy Moss has elevated himself upon a high and mighty throne this season. According to Moss when questioned about the dismal season, Moss responded, "I play when I want to play." What kind of attitude is that to have? I guess if you're a multimillion dollar player who gets paid the boo-goo bucks whether you play or not, you earn an instant ego.

What the Vikings should do is not fire Denny Green and instead, lower the players wages for games that they decide to play poorly in. Maybe this would ensure that the team and its individual players give 110 percent every game, and not just when they feel the urge to.

Maybe by monitoring players performance, the team will save some cash and ensure that big name athletes earn their money just like the rest of the working class of America.

The losing season does not always lie on the coaches shoulders. Sometimes the material the coach has to work with is the real problem.


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