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Former Packers coach Kevin Greene joins New York Jets coaching staff

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After three years away from football, a former Packers coach is returning to the sidelines.

2011 NFC Championship: Green Bay Packers v Chicago Bears Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

Kevin Greene was one of the most fearsome pass-rushers of his era when he was a player in the NFL. From 1985 through 1999, he terrorized quarterbacks as a 3-4 outside linebacker, racking up ten seasons of double-digit sacks, including five years with 15 or more.

Over that 15-year career, Greene never won a Super Bowl ring, however, making it to the big game just once - with the Steelers in 1995. The reason Greene holds a special place in the hearts of Green Bay Packers fans is because of his coaching career instead, as he finally won a title as the Packers’ outside linebackers coach.

He held that title for five years from 2009 through 2013, when he helped Clay Matthews become a terrific pass-rusher in his own right. However, Greene stepped down from his post after the 2013 season to focus on his family, with the intent of returning once his children leave for college.

Presumably, the Greene family has bid their kids goodbye, because Greene has a new job:

The Jets run a 3-4 system under head coach Todd Bowles and defensive coordinator Kacy Rodgers, which makes Greene a natural fit. However, the unit had trouble getting pressure on opposing quarterbacks in 2016 ranking 29th in the league with just 27 sacks all season.

The Jets struggled to rush the passer from the linebacker unit in particular, typically a strength of 3-4 defenses. In fact, the team’s top three sack-getters were their three starting defensive linemen, while the outside linebacker with the most sacks was rookie Jordan Jenkins, who had 2.5.

Good luck to Kevin in his endeavors with the Jets!