September 16, 2014

Greene leaves his Packers coaching post

Outside linebackers coach Kevin Greene won’t be returning to the Green Bay Packers next season.  Greene has made the decision to leave after coaching outside linebackers for five years.

In a statement through the team, Green said he wanted to spend more time with his family.  It’s unclear if Green’s contract wasn’t going to be renewed, or if he was being fired.

In a news release put out by the Packers organization, coach Mike McCarthy said that Greene approached him recently about

Kevin Greene

Kevin Greene

leaving coaching temporarily.

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

Greene has been the Packers outside linebackers coach since 2009.  He’s a finalist this year for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.  As a player, he ranks No. 3 on the NFL’s all-time sack list.

Greene’s departure leaves Mike McCarthy looking for two assistant coaches this offseason.  He also has to fill the quarterbacks coaching position after Ben McAdoo left to take the offensive coordinators job with the New York Giants.