Greene on key TD: Go! Go! Go!

The excitable new outside linebackers coach talks about James Harrison's Super Bowl interception, which was a pivotal moment in Super Bowl XLIII.

The excitable Kevin Greene was, well, excited when asked about James Harrison's 100-yard interception return for a touchdown in Sunday's Super Bowl.

It was the play of the game in Pittsburgh's thrilling 27-23 victory over Arizona.

Greene, who recorded 35.5 of his 160 career sacks while an outside linebacker for Pittsburgh from 1993 through 1995, is the Packers' new outside linebackers coach. He became animated and his voice raised a couple of octaves when relaying what was going through his head when Harrison made his historic and game-changing run.

"Go! Go! Go!" Greene breathlessly told Packer Report on Tuesday, when the Packers introduced their new coaches. "Take a deep breath. Keep going, keep running! Jump over that guy! Oh, no, don't do it! Keep going! Oh, go, go go! Touchdown!"

"That," a calmer Greene continued, "was my initial thought."

The touchdown was vintage Steelers defense, which means something because new defensive coordinator Dom Capers — Greene's coordinator for two seasons in Pittsburgh — was one of the architects of that defense and is charged with implementing those changes in Green Bay.

Harrison plays Greene's position of outside linebacker. What stands out about the play is everyone expected Harrison, the NFL's defensive player of the year, to blitz on a critical play late in the first half. Instead, the NFL's sack leader with 16.5 dropped into coverage. Veteran Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner threw it right to him for what might have been a 14-point swing.

"Yeah! Exactly!" Greene said. "In this defense, those two outside 'backers, you really don't know whether they're going to come or whether they're going to drop. Those two inside linebackers, you really don't know whether they're going to drop in coverage or come. You just don't know."

It's that unpredictability that will be the hallmark of the new Packers defense and will be the biggest change from former coordinator Bob Sanders' philosophy.

"It's a beautiful thing to not show your hand pre-snap," Greene said. "The intelligence of quarterbacks at this level, you have so many quarterbacks who are so intelligent and so wise. Try to show them as little as you possibly can. Then show them something they don't expect."

Harrison and LaMarr Woodley, the NFL's top sacks duo with 27.5, are the outside linebackers in the Steelers' scheme. Sometimes, one of them blitzes. Sometimes, the other. Sometimes, both.

"You just never know, and that's a good thing," Green said with a smile.

Bill Huber is publisher of Packer Report and PackerReport.com and has written for Packer Report since 1997. E-mail him at packwriter2002@yahoo.com, or leave him a question in Packer Report's subscribers-only Lambeau Level forum.


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