Noble's cause: Join Packers coaching staff

With training camp just around the corner, dozens of hopefuls will try to show the Packers that they have a place in the team's future.<p> Add another, more familiar name to that list. Former Packer linebacker, current television broadcaster and Arena Football coach Brian Noble would like nothing better than to don the Green and Gold once again – this time trading the shoulder pads and jersey for headphones and a clipboard.<p>

According to the Green Bay Press-Gazette, Noble's career goal is to become a part of the Packers' coaching staff. No other team will do, he said.

Noble was the team's middle linebacker from 1985-1993. His career ended by injury in the second year of the Holmgren era. Part of the Packers' broadcast television team for preseason games and regular season radio pre- and post-game shows, Nobel is currently winding down his first season as coach of the Green Bay Blizzard of Arena Football League 2 (af2).

This foray into coaching hasn't been as successful as Noble had hoped. The 4-8 Blizzard is all but out of the playoff race, losing in a 59-26 blowout last week in Albany, NY. In that game Noble showed both his passion for the game and his "greenness" as a coach by drawing four unsportsmanlike-conduct penalties.

Noble told the Press-Gazette he is frustrated by factors from mistakes by inexperienced officials to injuries to key players to a team performance that has this defensive perfectionist seeing red.

The Blizzard D ranks 24th in the 25-team af2, allowing 286.4 yards per game with just 8 sacks through 12 games.

Noble, 41, said he has not decided if he will return as the Blizzard's coach next season. He is sure of his eventual goal, to become part of the the Packer organization. His very loyalty to the Pack might be what's holding him back, however.

Noble told the P-G that he has no desire to work his way up through any NFL team except the Packers.

Through maintaining his ties to the Green Bay organization, his willingness to coach in the fledgling af2, and his passion for the game and the city, Noble said he feels he's put himself in a position to go a step further with the Packers.

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