We’re having difficulty containing our excitement for the start of the NFL season. In an effort to cope with that delirium, each day until the Sept. 4 kickoff, the Buzzer will post about one crazy moment in NFL history. "Crazy" is subjective, so what does that mean here? In this series we won’t be highlighting the most outstanding plays or statistical feats — but those plays that make your jaw drop and cause you to blurt out, "holy $*%", that was crazy!"
"Now if you want to crown them, then crown their ass!"
That was the money line delivered by Dennis Green in one of the best press conference blowups we’ve ever seen from an NFL coach.
Let’s set the scene.
On Oct. 16, 2006, Green’s 1-4 Cardinals hosted the 5-0 Bears. Arizona blew a 20-0 halftime lead and 23-3 third quarter lead. The final dagger for Arizona came with 2:58 remaining in the game when Bears return man Devin Hester ran back a punt 83 yards to give Chicago a 24-23 win.
After the tough defeat, a reporter asked Green what appeared to be a relatively harmless question: "Coach, four picks against [quarterback Rex] Grossman and two fumbles. What did you see about the Bears, as you shut them down that way?"
Green then went off, expletives included.
His exact response, with voice rising after each sentence and fist banging on the podium:
"The Bears are what we thought they were. They’re what we thought they were. We played them in preseason — who the hell takes a third game of the preseason like it’s bulls–t? Bulls–t! We played them in the third game — everybody played three quarters — the Bears are who we THOUGHT they were! That’s why we took the damn field! Now if you want to crown them, then crown their ass! But they are who we THOUGHT they were! And we let ’em off the hook!"
Unfortuantely for Green, his tirade was the highlight of the Cardinals year and he was fired after the season.