Former Vikings head coach Dennis Green has been named to serve in the same capacity with the San Francisco entry in the new four-team UFL, a pro football league that plans to play games beginning in October of this year (until someone comes to their senses). Green’s last actual coaching job was with the Arizona Cardinals, as anyone who enjoys video of coach meltdowns will readily recall, and since then he was been doing analyst work while fending off the occasional rumor that Al Davis meant to offer him the Raiders job. Green’s career record as a pro coach stands at 113-94-0 with a 4-8 post-season mark. He will be joined in the UFL by fellow former NFL coaches Ted Cottrell (ex Vikings defensive coordinator), Jim Haslett and Jim Fassel. Uh, I seem to recall Fassel leading a team to the Super Bowl…and he’s stuck coaching in the UFL?
I’ll say this for the new league: At least Vince McMahon doesn’t have anything to do with it. It therefore has a chance to be at least mildly interesting. Especially if it can attract some NFL-level talent…guys who can play but maybe have other issues that are keeping them from continuing their NFL careers. Michael Vick and Pacman Jones leap immediately to mind. This could actually be a good thing – a league for criminals, draft busts and wash-outs. Troy Williamson and Onterrio Smith would be naturals. If they can be located.