Hall of Fame linebacker Kevin Greene is returning to the sideline as a member of the New York Jets’ coaching staff, in a move made official Saturday. Greene will serve as the outside linebackers coach, replacing Mark Collins, who was dismissed after the season. Greene, 54, held the same position for the Green Bay Packers from 2009 to 2013 before stepping away to spend more time with his family. The Sporting News first reported the hiring.

This is an important position on Todd Bowles’ staff because the Jets are hoping for more production out of two young outside linebackers, Lorenzo Mauldin and Jordan Jenkins. They combined for only five sacks last season. Greene has an extensive background in the 3-4 defense, both as a player and a coach.

Greene is one of the most prolific pass-rushers in NFL history. He recorded 160 sacks playing for the Rams, Steelers, Panthers and 49ers. He is third on the all-time list for sacks in NFL history, in addition to his 773 tackles and 23 forced fumbles. The Auburn product was selected to five Pro Bowls, earning first-team All-Pro honors three times. Greene was the NFC and NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 1996 and led the league in sacks on two separate occasions.

He began his coaching career in 2008 as an intern for the Pittsburgh Steelers, where he spent three seasons as a player. Greene is most recognizable for his work with Clay Matthews, who quickly became one of the NFL’s best pass rushers, racking up 50.5 sacks in his first five seasons. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame last August. He won a Super Bowl ring in 2011 as a member of Mike McCarthy’s Packers staff. He indicated last year that he had a desire to get back into coaching.

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