Today the NFL lost a great football mind and long time coach with the passing of Dennis Green. The passing has affected Jack Del Rio who spent the final four seasons of his 11-year playing career for Green in Minnesota.
Del Rio released a statement today on the passing of his former head coach:
"Dennis Green created an outstanding environment for his players and I was privileged to spend four great years under his guidance in Minnesota," said Del Rio. "He was a real trailblazer and his impact on the game continues to live through the many successful coaches that he mentored. One of his phrases, or ‘Denny-isms’ as we call them, is ‘We’re going to plan our work and work our plan.’ I still use that ‘Denny-ism’ today. Coach Green is going to be missed dearly by everyone that was lucky enough to know him."
Green’s first head coaching job came in 1992 with the Vikings and he made Del Rio his starting middle linebacker. Over four seasons under Green, Del Rio started every game in which he appeared, including not missing a game in the first three seasons.
Del Rio made his only Pro Bowl in 1994 which was his final full season for the Vikings before retiring after the 1995 season.
Green spent a total of 13 seasons as an NFL head coach -- 10 with the Vikings and 3 with the Cardinals. He had a 113-94 career record as a head. He had just one losing season in his ten years in Minnesota — his final season there.