Kevin Greene will not return next season as the Green Bay Packers’ outside linebackers coach.
The team announced Friday that Greene is leaving the Packers after coaching their outside linebackers for five seasons.
Greene’s stated reason for leaving was to spend more time with his family. Teams and departing coaches often use that language when a coach is fired or his contract isn’t renewed, though it’s unclear whether that’s the case here.
The Packers' statement quoted coach Mike McCarthy as saying Greene recently approached him about leaving his job for family reasons.
“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 in the statement. “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.”
Greene, 51, has been with the Packers since 2009. As a player, he ranks No. 3 on the NFL’s all-time sacks list behind Bruce Smith and former Packers star Reggie White. Greene and is a finalist this year for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.