Kevin Greene

Outside linebackers coach Kevin Greene left the Green Bay Packers a couple weeks ago to spend more time with his family.

As we mentioned then, Greene’s energy and fire are going to be missed. Several players — and not even outside linebackers — are echoing that sentiment.

“I told him, he’s like one of the last true warriors of the game,” inside linebacker A.J. Hawk said, via Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “He literally gave his body to the game and played so hard and cared so much. I have the ultimate respect for him, everyone does. . . .

“It will be hard to duplicate that energy, especially before the game. The good thing is we have [inside linebackers coach] Winston Moss, who is one of the most intense guys I’ve been around. Just a little different form of intensity. But we still have him around. There are so many good coaches on the staff. Whoever they hire has big shoes to fill.”

Defensive tackle Mike Daniels said pretty much the same thing.

“That hurts,” Daniels said. “That hurts a lot. That was a complete shock. The energy he brought every day, you thought he was going to do this for the next 1,000 years. Even after he was dead, you would have thought he’d keep doing it.”

We’ve long noted the lack of fire on the Packers coaching staff. You just don’t see coaches getting in guy’s faces, unless it’s Mike McCarthy bitching at Aaron Rodgers when Rodgers doesn’t like his shitty play calling.

It certainly doesn’t come from defensive coordinator Dom Capers, who’s probably still sitting in his box at Lambeau staring down at the field.

Not everybody has to be rah rah or wear their passion on their sleeve, but the Packers could certainly use a little more of that.