“It. Is. Time.”
Green Bay Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy will have another coaching position to fill as he announced this afternoon that outside linebackers coach Kevin Greene will be stepping away from coaching to spend time with his family.
The announcement has come as a complete shock and surprise to Packers Nation as Greene has become one of the most popular and successful of McCarthy’s staff. Since coming to the Packers in 2009, Greene has had the opportunity to coach Clay Matthews, as well as bring along some of the more unknown linebackers that have had to step into the lineup many times because of injuries.
Here’s what Greene had to say about his decision:
“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. 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.”
Since he’s taken over as linebackers coach, the Packers have recorded 204 sacks, which ranks the team fourth among the league during the past five years. The outside linebackers have recorded 91.5 of those sacks. During that first year with the team, the Packers ranked second in defensive ranking, the highest of any Packers defensive unit since the 1996 Reggie-White-led squad.
Here’s what McCarthy said today:
“Kevin approached me recently to express his desire to step away from coaching so that he could spend more time with his family. On behalf of the entire organization, I want to thank him for all of his contributions and hard work over the past five seasons with the Packers.
“Kevin provided an incredible amount of energy, passion and knowledge each and every day he was with us. The dedication he showed to maximizing the potential of his players was clearly evident to anyone that worked with him, and he will be missed. I want to wish Kevin, Tara, Gavin and Gabrielle nothing but the best in the years ahead.”
And who can possibly forget the “It. Is. Time.” statement he made to Matthews, his star pupil, during a timeout in Super Bowl XLV? Matthews then went out and proceeded to force a fumble that turned the game’s momentum to the Packers.
Lombardiave would like to wish Greene all the best in the years to come and hope that he will indeed be welcomed back by the Packers organization down the road. His enthusiasm, his dedication and his knowledge will be missed by all of Packers Nation.
We thank Kevin for his work with the Packers.
“It. Is. Time.”