Dennis Green, who has been threatening to leave as head coach of the Minnesota Vikings, may get a push from the team's new owners.
Green will meet Tuesday with Red McCombs, who purchased the team last week and his aides to discuss the future of his team. His future may also be discussed."I'm sure our meeting with him will deal with the fact that his future will depend on the coming season," Gary Woods, McCombs' top aide, said of Green, who has made the playoffs in five of his six seasons but has often been controversial.
Green was not immediately available for comment.
His 54 regular-season wins are the second most in team history. But his tenure has been clouded by his playoff failures (he is 1-5 in the postseason) and off-field controversy.
Green faced allegations of sexual harassment after the 1994 season - he has denied them - and last season wrote in the final chapter of his autobiography of a plan to sue some of the Vikings owners for control of the team.
But Green is likely to coach this season, the last of his contract. Dismissing him would probably inflame a controversy over the NFL's lack of black coaches - Green is one of three in the 30-team league.
On the other hand, he has often suggested that he might want to leave. A year ago, he considered taking the Oakland Raiders job.
Woods and McCombs plan to make few immediate changes in the organization other than those at the ownership level necessitated by the sale. But they have a lot of ideas.
Woods said he has already discussed revising the Vikings' lease at the Metrodome, considered among the worst in the NFL. At issue are the team's rent, its take of concessions revenues and control of more in-stadium advertising signs.