The Eagles have brought in a pass rushing expert to help them with their linebackers during training camp. Former Pro Bowl and All-Pro linebacker Kevin Greene is assisting defensive coordinator Billy Davis. Greene played for Davis in Pittsburgh and Carolina where the latter served as an outside linebackers coach.
Although Davis is certainly happy to have Greene with the Eagles during training camp, he semi-joked that he shouldn't be here right now.
First of all, he shouldn't be here this week. He should be getting a gold jacket. The guy has got 160 career sacks and I know I'm prejudice to him but I really do believe it's time for him to be in the Hall [of Fame].
But his knowledge of really the simplicity of pass rush and what he's bringing this year for three days to help us just kind of pick his brain on how he did it; the players are grabbing him on how he did it. It was a very basic, fundamental way of rushing the passer that he's bringing to our guys. You have to ask our guys their response to Kevin but we are excited about picking his brain for three or four days before it leaves.
Greene has spent the last five years coaching Green Bay's outside linebackers. He was part of the coaching staff that won a Super Bowl in 2011 and helped develop Clay Matthews into one of the best at his position. Greene recently rescind from his role with the team in order to spend time with his family, so a full-time role with the Eagles seems unlikely, unless he's had a change of heart.
Greene was dominant as a pass rush during his playing days. He accumulated 160 sacks in 15 seasons during his career and is third all-time in the category. He has the most sacks of any linebacker to play in the NFL but is shockingly not a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Wrestling fans may remember Greene from the WCW as he was a tag partner of fellow former NFL player Steve McMichael. He retired from both wrestling and football in 1999.
The presence of Greene at practice can only help the Eagles pass rushers. Trent Cole, Brandon Graham and Marcus Smith may benefit from some outside teaching from a coach who was a special player.