Kevin Greene

'It. Is. Time.' Kevin Greene leaves the Green Bay Packers


Kevin Greene (center) with linebackers Clay Matthews III and Frank Zombo during a recent game at Lambeau Field. Greene has announced he will be leaving the Green Bay Packers. Raymond T. Rivard photograph

Kevin Greene (center) with linebackers Clay Matthews III and Frank Zombo during a recent game at Lambeau Field. Greene has announced he will be leaving the Green Bay Packers.
Raymond T. Rivard photograph

“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.

Kevin Greene

Kevin Greene
Raymond T. Rivard

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.

Kevin Greene Raymond T. Rivard photograph

Kevin Greene
Raymond T. Rivard photograph

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.”

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  • Rick Giovengo

    These stories of “spending more time with family” always have a deeper alternative meaning.

    • D loc

      I think he left beacuse he should be running the defense and got passed over for crappers I mean capers

      • JaKa

        You need to get some knowledge of the game straight, to be name calling like a playgrounder for one thing, and not to know one of the most respected and RANKED defensive minds of the game – ever. You are calling down Mike McCarthy also, who hand picked Mr. Capers.

    • JaKa

      You hit the hammer of my own thoughts on this right on the head of the nail. Let’s hope his wife is Not having health issues, and/or mother/father or anyone else he has close ties to. Not only this, but perhaps he was given a choice from MM or TT? Who knows besides them?

  • MNPackAttack

    Sad news to hear. I join you Ray and coach McCarthy in wishing Kevin and his family nothing but the best. It would be really awesome if the Packers could bring coach Greene back at the right time. I hope he gets into the Hall of Fame someday, he certainly earned it as a player. I hope Ted Thompson, Mike McCarthy and the rest of the Packers organization can locate 2 very good position coaches. As always, go Pack!

  • billy

    Just got a feeling there is something more going on here….gonna miss the only coach who showed any emotion on the sidelines…and so are his linebackers…perhaps he’s tired of butting his head against the wall of the current defensive regime…..only a guess though….could be all there is to it is what he stated…hope so…wish him well……

  • JaKa

    I’m certain they will never get another coach with the credentials K Greene has for his finest attributes. Keven is a “cool” guy, with a magnetic personality. He has a look to him even that says ” hey, we can work it out” and that’s his strong suit. The players really enjoy and respect a guy like him, and that’s his strong suit also. But, the buck stops there. With 52 on your side, how can you look bad? Somehow, those OL cats the Pack rode with didn’t make a big impression on the sports writers or me, a novice who knows the game pretty well. My opinion of his personality and self as you read above is the kind of cat you’d like to get a round of golf in with, or cruse the Dakotas on bikes. I just don’t think he has done as well as some others may have. Hands of to MM for picking a good man, but we cannot afford the luxury of bringing in a man who is like Greene, but just didn’t cut the mustard with the talent he had.

    I actually think Mathews may have been under-worked on, that goes to say, had some things he was coached on that were counterproductive for a cat with “1 every 25 years – talent” and it’s hard to tell with 52, since it seems like “something is out of place, or wrong” somewhere in Mathews game. Perhaps he’s doing something he’s coached into that is doing such a thing to his production on the field, I can’t pick it out. But it may be the Clyde is actually a “1 in 50 years type player” in so far as respect around the league goes. It seems the big-shot, talented guys like K. Greene and Mathews mature into becoming so great. Look at Reggie towards the end of his NFL days, he was a master of knowing when to “pull out all the stops” sacking or raising cane in backfields just as teams were driving to the Red Zone, to turn it over, or put them out of kicking range. Mathews comes around once and a while like this already, and he’s got time yet to keep on rocking.

    I hope you don’t get me wrong about Keven, he’s a great guy and was a great player. I would hope if returning to coaching, he comes on as well as he played, but in Packer country, I feel he could have been more of an impact. I guess the NFL is the same with players and coaches brought in; some make it good, some make the middle road, some must be let go. The Packers deserve nothing less than the good and great. While Kevin was great on two counts, the 3rd could have inspired players more, and we wish him and family nothing less than a divine existence together. May God Bless.

  • Vvait Fang

    Greene has been an impressive coach. No idea if he has/had the potential to go beyond being a phenomenal position coach or not, but he has been truly impressive AND inspiring. Hope his leaving is for good things and not due to any kind of problems, and I hope that his thirst for coaching gets him back sooner rather than later.