Greene Puts the Mean in Dolphins

By Ap | St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO), November 2, 1994 | Go to article overview
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Greene Puts the Mean in Dolphins

Ap, St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

He's out of the spotlight now, 48 years old and more than a decade beyond Super Bowl glory. Yet from the sidelines, Joe Greene continues to make life miserable for offenses around the NFL.

Greene is an unsung hero in his third season as the Miami Dolphins defensive line coach. Since he joined coach Don Shula's staff, the ranking of Miami's run defense has improved from 27th in the league in 1991 to sixth this year.

"He's definitely the best coach I ever played for - by far," Dolphins nose tackle Chuck Klingbeil said Wednesday. "He teaches every aspect of the game. He's a complete package. He's consistent week in and week out in getting you prepared for the guy you're going to play against."

On Sunday, Greene's current players will be tested by his former team, the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The game will be Greene's first in Three Rivers Stadium with the visiting team. He enjoyed a Hall of Fame career as a defensive tackle for the Steelers from 1969 to 1982, then coached their defensive line from 1987 to 1991.

"I'm sure there are going to be some special moments Sunday," Greene said. "But it's not something I consciously think about. It has no bearing on winning and losing."

Winning remains the driving force in Greene's career. He strives to coach for a champion.

"That's the second-best thing - and probably the first-best thing when you're old and you can't play," said Greene, who earned four Super Bowl rings playing for Pittsburgh.

"It's the greatest feeling one can have in sports - being the best for that particular season. That's what we did. It was a lot of fun. I'd like for other people to feel that way. Hell, I'd like to get back there myself."

Greene is not one to dwell on the past. Earlier this year, a story surfaced about a game the Steelers were losing badly to the Chicago Bears during his rookie year.

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