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In a Total Surprise, Kevin Greene has Resigned

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.

Monty McMahon

Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.



  1. Tucson Packer January 17, 2014

    Damnit. DAMNIT!

    1. Frank January 18, 2014


  2. The Money Mike January 17, 2014

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

  3. Disposable h3ro January 17, 2014

    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.

  4. GBslacker January 17, 2014

    …Kevin’s meeting with GB management:

    “It. Is. Time…

  5. buster bluth January 17, 2014

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

  6. Iltarion January 17, 2014

    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.

    1. TyKo Steamboat January 17, 2014

      well said.

  7. packers5 January 17, 2014

    what is he suppose to say.He was tired of the lame defense and a scheme that does not fit the players or bad draft picks.

  8. Chungo January 17, 2014

    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!

  9. K.L. January 17, 2014

    What we need now more than ever on defense is leadership.

  10. E. Wolf January 17, 2014

    Fuck me.

  11. vj January 18, 2014

    Some of the fellas on here are firey, why not hire them?

    1. Shawn January 18, 2014


  12. the real russ letlow January 18, 2014

    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!

  13. Nacho dan January 18, 2014

    I heard he got a job as a coffee table at Colin Kapernicks house.

  14. CB January 19, 2014

    That Sean Jones idea is interresting…..

  15. rebelgb January 25, 2014

    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.