Oct 14, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Green Bay Packers linebacker coach Kevin Greene watches players warm up before the game against the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports

Green Bay Packers LB coach Kevin Greene leaving the team


The Green Bay Packers announced on Friday that outside linebackers coach Kevin Greene will be leaving the team after five years on the job.

“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. “I will miss coaching and will try to return after our kids move on to college if a team will have me.

Greene, a former NFL All-Pro, joined the Packers staff in 2009 and has been one of the more successful coaches on staff. He helped tremendously in the development of Clay Matthews into one of the more dominant forces in the league.

Throughout his five years on staff, Packers linebackers accounted for 91.5 of the teams 204 sacks during the time period.

Head coach Mike McCarthy sent out his thanks to Greene for his time with the team.

“Kevin approached me recently to express his desire to step away from coaching so that he could spend more time with his family,” McCarthy said. “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.

It’s not known yet whether this is just a temporary leave away from the game, or of it will be permanent.

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