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Kevin Greene Wants to Return, Dom Capers Says No

Clay Matthews talks with Kevin Greene

Kevin Greene abruptly left the Green Bay Packers and coaching in January 2014, just days after the team’s season ended at the hands of the San Francisco 49ers.

Greene, who coached the Packers’ outside linebackers from 2009-13, stepped away to spend time with his family. Now, the newly-elected Hall of Famer wants to get back in the game.

Greene has expressed interest in returning to the Packers. Unfortunately, defensive coordinator Dom Capers has already killed that possibility.

“I’m sure you’ll see Kevin at some point in time back in the league coaching,” Capers said. “There’s nothing available (with the Packers). That’s always (a big factor) in this business in terms of availability. But he’s a passionate guy. He did a good job for us in the five years he was here.”

When Greene left, the Packers removed the “inside” from inside linebackers coach Winston Moss’ job title. On paper, Moss coaches all linebackers. In reality, he still only coaches inside linebackers and assistant linebackers coach Scott McCurley coaches outside linebackers.

As for Capers’ assertion that the Packers don’t have an opening, well… When a talented individual comes along and you don’t have an opening, you create one.

Greene brought something to the Packers that no other coach on Mike McCarthy’s staff ever has.

Fire.

Passion.

His presence was refreshing, especially when compared to the dour, dull Capers.

We can only assume the Packers’ reluctance to bring Greene back is because either, A. someone is holding a grudge over his unexpected departure or, B. someone is worried about their job.

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22 Comments

  1. Empacador February 11, 2016

    MAKE room for the man if he wants to come back. They could use his passion and fire.

  2. Howard February 11, 2016

    Fire, Passion and I would add Focus. To me if Greene was on the sideline in the NFCC game against Seattle the Pack D would have not lost focus and the team would have been in the Super Bowl.

    Make room for a hall of famer if he wants back in. The guy is a fire breather and that is needed.

    1. Skinny February 11, 2016

      True, i love Greene man, he was one of my favorites as a kid. Essentially him and Matthews are the same guys, same type of players, don’t know why they cant bring him back on. Better OLB group as a whole now too then when he was last here.

  3. The Money Mike February 11, 2016

    He didn’t toe the line and jumped ship…what did you expect?

  4. Jschizl February 11, 2016

    Did everyone forget 2011,2012 and 2013. 546 yards to the niners wtf that was all the outside linebackers job

    1. Skinny February 11, 2016

      Yea but the OLBs were Zombo, Desmond Moses, and Eric Walden.

  5. Skinny February 11, 2016

    Ha, classic Packers move here. Of course there is no room for a Hall of Fame OLB in GB, why would they want back Kevin Greene, a man of passion and intensity when we have the stoic and dull Winston Moss coaching the LBs. Makes perfect sense.

  6. Richard February 11, 2016

    Shut up old man. Bring the younger guy in so he can take over down the road.

  7. NickDaPick36, I Miss You.... February 11, 2016

    “Wood is out. He’s GONE. It. Is. Time.”

  8. Jschizl February 11, 2016

    Everyone likes kevin green fan fav i like him to but why fix what isnt broken.

    1. Howard February 11, 2016

      The NFL is one business you want to constantly improve. If you do not constantly improve you fall behind, and lose. Some may not believe Greene is an improvement, however keep in mind between this year and next year the team could be looking at 3 to 4 new young, and inexperienced OLBs. I would prefer Greene a Hall of Fame OLB, and Super Bowl ring bearer coach them. Remember Greene coached Matthews right out of college.

    2. PF4L February 12, 2016

      Yea, why fix what isn’t broke? Lets do the same thing for another 5 years.

      1. pastordad February 12, 2016

        While it ain’t broke Greene brings strength and extra drive…a stronger focus and more resolve in the D. His addition would make something that is not broke even better…and who doesn’t want the best D in the league?

  9. Oldncrustyfreak February 11, 2016

    Here Is What I Think FIRE DOM CAPERS His Time Has Come & Gone Bring In KEVIN GREENE As The New Defensive Coordinator

  10. Stuart February 11, 2016

    Capers is a fool to not allow Greene to return!

  11. Cheese February 11, 2016

    Dom Capers can thoroughly fuck off.

  12. CO Bob February 11, 2016

    There was no report of Greene actually expressing his interest in coming back. it could be inferred by Capers’ comments if you want to read it that way, but no real facts point to him wanting to return.

  13. PF4L February 12, 2016

    “Were looking forward, we don’t have room for Kevin Greene, we don’t have room for a winner” – Dom Capers

    If Von Miller told the Packers that he wanted to sign with them, would they bring him in to see if it’s doable, or tell him there isn’t anything open, or they’d rather find someone in the draft?

    Fuck Dom Capers and the current upper management of the Packers.

    This is what’s wrong with winning a SuperBowl, at least with the Packers. Everyone just seems to get a pass, year after year after year after year after year, after fucking year.

  14. David chavez February 12, 2016

    Capers out greene in

  15. Armand February 12, 2016

    Or C, our linebackers had their best season in a long time. So we are well equipped in that department. I like Greene, but sometimes you have to just move on. He did and so did the Packers.

  16. Shawn February 12, 2016

    So, let me get this straight. Scott McCurley isn’t good enough to officially be called the OLB coach, or to at least, get paid the salary befitting such a position. But he IS good enough to keep the spot over Kevin Greene? OK. Figure that one out.
    On the other hand, you try quitting from your job with no notice tomorrow, take a couple years off, and then ask for your old job back. See how that goes.

  17. TheVOR February 14, 2016

    This exemplifies everything thats wrong with GB. It doesn’t do what it needs to do to become better. Kevin Green Coaching in GB makes us better. He’d make Ryan a wreaking machine.