Green coached in 219 games in the NFL, including playoffs. Warren Moon, who forever changed the path of black quarterbacks in the NFL, was his starting quarterback in 40 of those games. Daunte Culpepper, who was part of the 1999 class that represented the inflection point for black quarterbacks in the first round of the draft, was Green’s quarterback in 29 games. Randall Cunningham and Jeff George, two of the most talented quarterbacks in recent history, started 27 and 12 games for Green.
Late-bloomers like Brad Johnson (24), Kurt Warner (15), and Rich Gannon (12) started games under Green. So too, did Jim McMahon (12). Green coached Josh McCown and Matt Leinart, and somehow McCown — who is four years older than Leinart — is the one still in the league.
There have been 35 coaches since 1960 to coach in at least 175 games (Green coached for 207 regular season games). Of those coaches, 32 had one quarterback for at least 20% of those games, but Green joins Mike Shanahan and Marty Schottenheimer (no surprise to regular readers) as the only coaches to fall below that mark:
Let’s close with one remarkable bit of trivia. Green took 8 teams to the playoffs, and in those postseasons, he started seven different quarterbacks: Sean Salisbury in 1992, McMahon in ’93, Moon in ’94, Johnson in ’96, Cunningham in ’97 and ’98, George in ’99, and Culpepper in 2000. That’s unbelievable: one franchise, eight playoff berths in nine years with seven different quarterbacks. That may not be Green’s legacy, but I’d be stunned if that ever happens again.