The Green Bay Packers could not have asked for a better outside linebackers coach than Kevin Greene, one of the greatest to ever play his position, when defensive coordinator Dom Capers hired him in 2009. Greene was essential to helping mold then rookie Clay Matthews into the dominant player that he is today. There is no question it was mission accomplished on all levels. However, the Packers now need Greene to create the next Matthews.
The good news is Greene has a secret plan to help turn one of Green Bay’s rather unknown outside linebackers into a household name. Unfortunately, he has no intentions of revealing it to anyone outside of the organization, which means we will just have to take his word for it.
“I can’t tell you. I’d have to kill you, man,” a smiling Greene told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “You don’t have the top-secret security clearance.”
The obvious player for Greene’s next project is 2011 first-round draft pick Nick Perry, who was selected to be the next pass rushing star for the Packers. He is certainly someone that is capable of accomplishing big things in the NFL for many years to come, as long as he can stay healthy. The good news for the Packers is that Perry has Matthews and Greene to help mold him into a dynamic player.
Greene will also help Mike Neal transition from defensive end to outside linebacker in case Perry does not pan out. Dezman Moses is another player that Green Bay feels has a lot of potential to be an effective outside pass rusher.
There is no question the Packers have the right man for the job to create a monster opposite Matthews. If he can successfully turn one of the players into a pass rushing machine, then he will be respected in Green Bay forever.