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Tasker on his former coach Dennis Green

Posted by Chris Brown on July 26, 2016 – 10:36 am

The football world lost a revered coach in Dennis Green this past week. While most remember Green for his days as head coach of the Minnesota Vikings and Arizona Cardinals, Bills Wall of Famer Steve Tasker knew him long before then. He reflected on his time playing under Dennis Green when he was his head coach in college at Northwestern.

In an appearance on the John Murphy Show, Tasker talked about Green as a coach and how he expanded his knowledge of the game, which helped prepare him for a pro playing career.

“He was a really good football coach,” said Tasker of Green. “As an African-American guy getting a Big 10 coaching job it was big at the time, but I never looked at it that way. I knew he was a guy who could carry a room and was a really good football coach. And he went on to bigger and better things with the Minnesota Vikings and Arizona Cardinals. I always thought he’d be a much better pro coach than a college coach after playing for him at Northwestern.”

What Tasker liked most about Green was his straightforward approach and deep understanding of the game.

“He was a passionate coach. He pulled no punches,” Tasker said. “He was very honest with his players. He would rip the whole team if we needed it, but he was really fair. He was down to earth and said things the way they were in a way that players could understand and trust.

“I saw a lot of really good things in him (as a young head coach). He was passionate about football and really loved to win and it rubbed off on all of us. I really learned a lot from him. It was the first time I was in a West Coast offense. He had been the receivers coach in San Francisco with Bill Walsh and I thought this guy really has it for the next level. He was running really sophisticated stuff that I had never seen before.”


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