A.J. Hawk: Packers will struggle to replace Kevin Greene’s passion

AP

Packers linebacker A.J. Hawk lamented the loss of assistant coach Kevin Greene, saying it would be hard to replace his intensity.

The longtime NFL linebacker, who retired with the third-most sacks in NFL history (160.0) and the most of any player at his position, often coached with the same kind of passion which he played. Greene stepped down from his job, citing a desire to spend more time with his family.

“I told him, he’s like one of the last true warriors of the game,” Hawk said, via Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “He literally gave his body to the game and played so hard and cared so much. I have the ultimate respect for him, everyone does. . . .

“It will be hard to duplicate that energy, especially before the game. The good thing is we have [inside linebackers coach] Winston Moss, who is one of the most intense guys I’ve been around. Just a little different form of intensity. But we still have him around. There are so many good coaches on the staff. Whoever they hire has big shoes to fill.”

Packers defensive lineman Mike Daniels echoed Hawk’s sentiments.

“That hurts,” Daniels said. “That hurts a lot. That was a complete shock. The energy he brought every day, you thought he was going to do this for the next 1,000 years. Even after he was dead, you would have thought he’d keep doing it.”

Greene’s a finalist for the Hall of Fame voting tomorrow, so his passion for the game might be recognized at a higher level soon.

24 responses to “A.J. Hawk: Packers will struggle to replace Kevin Greene’s passion

  1. Kevin Greene is an awesome human being. He gave my younger brother’s family a private tour of Lambeau Field 2 years ago. He spent an hour with them – took them on the field though it was off limits to the public tour watching in awe. He threw touchdown passes to my brother’s three sons. And he never stopped talking about what an honor it was to work for the Packers organization and coach at Lambeau. He is such a great motivator yet still humble even though he has accomplished so much in this game. I wish he and his family all the very best.

  2. A.J. Hawk: “Packers will struggle to replace Kevin Greene’s passion.”

    Steeler Nation will attest to that – we loved that guy. I recall one year a bunch of Steeler fans were out in the cold and it was raining — and here comes “Salt” loading everyone in line up with pizzas he sprung for.

    On the field, he was a maniac.

  3. What has this man done that no one is throwing a fit for him to be in the hall? I cannot for the life of me understand how Kevin Greene and Tim Brown aren’t LOCKS for the hall!

  4. He was better at his job than Sapp and Strahan combined!

    You have to think the only reason he’s not already in the HOF already is because so many Steelers defensive players are already in. The NFL is trying to make it so the HOF isn’t completely made up of Steelers, Packers, Bears, Raiders and Cowboys.

  5. I know some Packer fans give Hawk grief, for not living up to a top 5 pick…

    He was the most pro ready player that year, and he was close to his glass ceiling when he was drafted.

    Of all the injuries that GB has had on both sides of the ball, Hawk has been there more Sundays than anyone else on that Defense.

  6. Linebacker A: 16 games, 118 tackles, 5 sacks, 1 forced fumble, 1 interception, 4 passes defensed, 7 stuffs.

    Linebacker B: 14 games, 112 tackles, 4 sacks, 1 forced fumble, 2 interceptions, 3 passes defensed, 11 stuffs.

    Linebacker A is 5th overall pick A.J. Hawk. Linebacker B is soon-to-be-former Minnesota Viking Erin Henderson.

  7. I’m sure he felt like leaving every team he was part of after the Steelers. Tough to take that big of a step down in quality.

  8. The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says:
    Jan 31, 2014 4:03 PM

    Linebacker A: 16 games, 118 tackles, 5 sacks, 1 forced fumble, 1 interception, 4 passes defensed, 7 stuffs. and at one point was the QB of the defense that won a Super Bowl

    Linebacker B: 14 games, 112 tackles, 4 sacks, 1 forced fumble, 2 interceptions, 3 passes defensed, 11 stuffs.

    Linebacker A is 5th overall pick Super Bowl Champion A.J. Hawk. Linebacker B is soon-to-be-former Minnesota Viking Erin Henderson.

  9. Poor Viking posters still searching for attention, like that little puppy that has to be kicked to the side once the big boy games start.

    What is truly humerous are the digs at the Seahawks, do I really need to explain why?

  10. They may struggle to replace Greene’s passion but it is difficult to imagine a replacement coach doing a worse job in developing talent. Such a coach would have to preside over guys going backwards. It seems like every Packer OLB was always the same guy as when he arrived in GB. No improvement, no growth. On a draft and development team that depends on OLB for pass rush, that’s really bad news.

    Greene is a great guy and a great player. But I can’t see missing him as a coach.

  11. GenXJay says:
    Jan 31, 2014 3:36 PM

    Crumbling before everyone’s eyes. Next season will be a disaster for cheesebay.
    ………………………………………………………………………

    While the Queens are working on their 2nd half century of disaster.

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