In a Total Surprise, Kevin Greene has Resigned

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Kevin Greene

Kevin Greene

The Green Bay Packers have another hole on their coaching staff to go along with quarterbacks coach. Outside linebackers coach Kevin Greene has resigned, the team announced on Friday.

Greene spent the last five seasons tutoring guys like Clay Matthews, Nick Perry and Mike Neal.

In a prepared statement, Greene said he’s stepping away to be with his family.

“I am stepping away from the NFL at this time in order to spend more time with my wife, Tara, and our children, Gavin and Gabrielle,” Greene said in a statement released by the team. “I will miss coaching and will try to return after our kids move on to college if a team will have me.

“My experience here with the Green Bay Packers has been nothing but positive. I am eternally grateful for the opportunity that Mike McCarthy and Ted Thompson have blessed me with. I have a peace about the productivity that I helped bring forward in all of the fine young men that have been entrusted to me these past five years. I am most proud of all their accomplishments and the fine young men they’ve become in this league.”

Well, that’s a blow.

Greene actually brought something else to the Packers than coaching ability. He brought some fire. The same kind of fire he brought as a player.

When you compare that to the ho-hum approach of guys like Mike McCarthy and Dom Capers, well…

Some people — specifically some of those that wanted to see Capers fired from his defensive coordinator gig — suggested the Packers promote Greene to that position.

Greene played under Capers before joining his staff.

He was recently announced as a finalist for the Hall of Fame — for the third time — and is still third in NFL history with 160 sacks.

The Packers lost quarterbacks coach Ben McAdoo earlier this week. He took the offensive coordinator job with the New York Giants.

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19 Comments on "In a Total Surprise, Kevin Greene has Resigned"

  1. The Money Mike

    Dudes 51…find out how old his kids are…I understand spending time with your family, but this just screams bullshit

  2. Disposable h3ro

    Probably tired of working for an organization that depends on draft talent as the only means of building a team. Very unfortunate for an already shitty defense.

  3. GBslacker

    …Kevin’s meeting with GB management:

    “It. Is. Time…

  4. buster bluth

    On the bright side may be he will get out of this shitty
    weather and move to a place with a normal climate.

  5. Iltarion

    If “fire” meant something in coaching, then Bill Belichick wouldn’t be a Hall of Famer while Mike Singletary was a one and done coach.

    Its a damn shame… but shit happens. May I suggest Sean Jones? Yeah, he didn’t play OLB, but he knows how to pass rush and hold the edge, and Edgar Bennett didn’t play WR either.

  6. Chungo

    Either he was butting heads with someone higher on the totem pole, or he got sick of trying to fit square blocks into a round hole!

  7. the real russ letlow

    I remember when we hired Greene, he mentioned that he hadn’t gotten into to coaching before that point because of his family and his commitment to them. Coaches spend a ton of time on the job, 12, 14, 16 hours a day during the season. Travel, obviously. And are super busy in the offseason with OTA’s and such. And I’m sure they spend some time with the draft as well. I am not surprised he left. When I heard the news, I immediately thought it was to spend more time with the family. He apparently takes his role as a father and a husband very seriously – he stepped down from a job he loves to be his family. I hope we have a spot for him when he wants to come back!

  8. rebelgb

    Is Packer Nation really this ignorant? Is it really that hard to understand what is going on here?

    Greene has seen over the last 2 years how flawed, outdated, and poorly designed our 3-4 is. He believed that after this year, a change would be made and he would have the opportunity to be our Defensive coordinator. When it became apparent that fat head MM is going to stay loyal to DC no matter what, he said “fuck this” and left.

    Its obvious, its the right thing for him to do. It sucks for the Packers. Mark my words, FA signings, big draft on D, it wont matter, this teams defense will be in the bottom 3rd of the league next year.

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