By John Turney
The Christian Apostle Matthew was probably not talking about the Pro Football Hall of Fame or
|Kevin Greene. Digital Art Credit: John Turney|
Taylor himself credits Bill Parcells as the creator of the position, in 1984. The first few years of Taylor's career, he was an all-around LBer, dropping into coverage about 45% of the time and in 1983, due to injuries, played some inside linebacker. In 1984, Parcells thought he was just wasting Taylor on early downs, where teams would throw, so he essentially turned Taylor into a defensive end. Leonard Marshall echoed that
Beginning in 2008 there were several of these
In 2008 Andre Tippett as well as
However, 2016 will possibly change that, though it is never a sure thing. Voters have published thoughts about Greene over the years
Now that Greene is again
Perhaps the best way to look at his career is
Greene was drafted as
In 1986 and 1987 Greene filled that same role as the nickel left end, and both seasons he
The following clip illustrates his main role for the Rams those two years. Rams are in a 4-1-6 with Greene at left end. He and Doug Reed sack the quarterback. One note, the official play-by-play does not credit Greene with 1/2 of the sack. It is shared by Reed (#93) who does deserve 1/2 of the sack and Shawn Miller (#98, who fell on the pile late) with 1/2 a sack. The scoring was never challenged by the Rams, so Greene never got credit for this 1/2 sack.
1988 brought a change, John Robinson wanted to have a more aggressive approach and there were some injuries to down linemen, so Fritz Shurmur employed the "Eagle" defense, which, essentially, was a clone of the Bears 46
One pro scouting firm had Greene rated as the best of the
In the role of LOLB in the Eagle (and
In 1991 John Robinson wanted to make another change in his defense and this time he dismissed defensive
First, the Rams lacked linemen to play that scheme, picking up Plan B free agents to
Greene bounced from defensive end to linebacker back to defensive end. He still led the Rams in sacks with a paltry 3, but he did have a lot of hurries. But, it was a miserable experience. Both Robinson and Fisher left the Rams after the season.
That brought in 1992, with Chuck Knox and defensive coordinator George Dyer. The R
Below are a few screen shots of where Greene lined up in the base defense. These are posts that you likely would not have found a Haley or Tippett or Jackson, et al.
|Nickel, on goal-line, in C-G gap|
|In a 4-3 under, off LOS|
|In a 4-2 nickel showing A-Gap pressure|
|Looks to be 40 |
|In base 4-3 over stack over the center|
The next clip is an example of his play with the Steelers and a role with Capers. He is doubled and gets through to hit the QB and then #76 finished the OB off. Again, this is an example of Greene not getting any credit for the play as #76, Kevin Henry originally got credit for the full sack.
Fortunately, Elias Sports Bureau would review them if the coaching staff requested it and this sack was eventually credited to Greene, the "Crawling sack"
Greene was a free agent again in 1996, and signed
In 1997 Greene was lured to the 49ers by a big contract, but it lasted only one year where he was the "elephant" in the 49ers defense, (a catchy name for a designated pass rusher role) and he had 10.5 sacks and where he officially broke L.T.'s record for sacks by a linebacker. [Note:
1998 brought Greene back to the Panthers where, at age 36, he had 15 sacks and garnered more post-season honors as a starter in the Panthers familiar 3-4 defense.
In 1999 the Panthers switched defensive schemes to a 4-3, one v
In a recent interview given to the Talk of Fame Sports Network Greene said, “I was an outside linebacker in a 3-4, so I actually had coverage responsibilities. So my rush was more limited (than a defensive end). But, still, I think my numbers match up pretty good, even with those that rushed the passer every passing down." He also added that he feels like his production was surpassed by none and "My nutritional habits, my sleep habits, my workout habits, my practice habits, my study habits were all thoroughly thought out and planned to be the best that I could be".
Here is a list of Greene's honors, year-by-year
1989 (NEA, SN) • 1994 (AP, PFWA, SN) • 1996 (AP, PFWA)
(5) – 1989, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998
NFL Defensive Player of the Year
(1) – 1996 (NEA)
NFC Defensive Player of the Year
(1) – 1996 (UPI, KC101)
NFL Linebacker of the Year
(1) – 1996 (NFL Alumni)
NFC Linebacker of the Year
(2) – 1996 (NFLPA), 1998 (NFLPA)
AFC Linebacker of the Year
(1) – 1994 (NFLPA)
Here are Greene's career stats:
|Chart credit: PFJ|
So, the Sunday before Super Bowl 50, Greene will know his fate and we will all learn if the linebacker first in sacks with 160 (or is it 160.5?) will be the last of his contemporaries to be voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.