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Former NFL coach Denny Green passes at 67

Denny Green created one of the most high-octane offenses in NFL history while with the Minnesota Vikings.

Denny Green created one of the most high-octane offenses in NFL history while with the Minnesota Vikings.

At the age of 67, Dennis ‘Denny’ Green, who coached the Minnesota Vikings and Arizona Cardinals over 13 NFL seasons, died on Friday morning ESPN.com reported.

Green’s best years came as the head coach of the Vikings, where he made seven playoff appearances in nine years, including two appearances in the NFC Championship game.

In 1998 his Vikings team went 15-1 and set multiple records in the NFL. His success was a predecessor to the high-octane offenses we see in the NFL today. That team set a second for most points in a season. Randall Cunningham really opened the league up to dual-threat quarteracks while Randy Morr set a record for most receiving yards (1,313) and touchdowns (17) by a rookie. They were just the third team to win 15 games in a 16-game schedule since the 1985 Bears.

Sadly, Green has become more well-known for his “They are who they thought they were” rant after the Arizona Cardinals blew a 20-0 halftime lead to the Chicago Bears on Monday night football in 2006 more than his success as a coach. Green coaches three season with the Cardinals and though they struggled he still showed his tremendous mind as an offensive guru. Green put the pieces in place for the Cardinals resurgence and Super Bowl. His first draft class with the Cardinals included perennial Pro Bowlers Larry Fitzgerald, Karlos Dansby and Darnell Dockett.

Combined with the mentoring of Anquan Boldin, who was selected in the second round the year before, the Cardinals created one of the best passing attacks in the league.

Green also served as the head coach of Stanford from 1989 to 1991, following in the footsteps of his mentor as a member of the famous Bill Walsh coaching tree. He extended the coaching tree by mentoring Super Bowl winning coaches Brian Billick and Tony Dungy.

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