Dennis Green should heed the title of his own book, ''No Room for Crybabies.''
And then he should ask Cris Carter and Randy Moss, the heart of his juvenile, underachieving team, to do the same.
After the Vikings' sobering season of inconsistency and broad blunders ended in humiliation at the Trans World Dome on Sunday, Green pouted his way through the post-game news conference.
He made a mockery of himself in front of the national media with his incoherent responses to questions. He refused to stand on the stage where the TV microphones had been set up, then walked in front of the stage and grabbed a mike as if he were a lounge act.
On Monday he saved himself from any criticism about the way he handles news conferences by not speaking to the media. He's the only coach in the NFL who doesn't do a wrapup news conference.
A 50-year-old man pouting like a 5-year-old boy.
Just the kind of childishness the NFL wants to see from one of its senior coaches and, as co-chairman of the league's powerful competition committee, one in very high standing.
No wonder immaturity and unprofessionalism seep through this organization.
Green should have put a halt to Carter's constant pouting years ago. Then, maybe he would have gotten the crucial call at St. Louis.
And what about Moss? He's so frustrated about a non-call that he squirts the official with a bottle of water. Orlando Thomas yanked him away in disgust. But who's going to really rein him in?
Not Carter. Not Green, nor any of his assistants.
That's why Moss admittedly gets bored during games and breaks off routes, quits on interceptions, squirts water on officials.
Green fosters a paranoid atmosphere at Winter Park, where members of his staff are sometimes ordered not to cooperate with the media and the players follow suit, dodging what is part of any professional team's responsibility.
On the field, this shows up in a lack of discipline, a bevy of penalties and mistakes.
It shows up when Carter yells for every flag as if there was no way a man of his enormous gifts could miss a catch unless the defender cheated.
It shows up when Moss nonchalantly goes after a jump ball and a cornerback with one ounce of his monstrous athleticism pries it away.
It shows up in the playoffs, where Green has lost seven of 10 games, including last year's debacle in the conference championship, a defeat made all the more torturing by Sunday's blowout.
Two steps backward in 1999, yet owner Red McCombs still trusts Green is the man for the job.
The Vikings' window of opportunity might very well have slammed shut Sunday. There are some ominous signs already.
Jeff George was 9-3 as the starting quarterback and salvaged the Vikings' teetering season, but Green has hinted lately that it's the team's system and not George's talents that allowed him to succeed at long last in Minnesota.
If that's true, then why didn't Duante Culpepper and Randall Cunningham, who have $47 million worth of Green's trust between them, perform as well as George with the same talented targets?
Even if the Vikings quit patting themselves on the back long enough to re-sign George, they'll be hard-pressed to surround him with as capable a cast as they did in 1999.
Next year's Vikings will be chock-full of youth.
They're already spilling over with adolescents.
E-mail Arnie Melendrez Stapleton at astapleton(at)ap.org
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