Capers out as Packers defensive coordinator

Hope Soto
January 2, 2018

Per ESPN's Rob Demovsky, Packers head coach Mike McCarthy fired Capers following Green Bay's 35-11 loss to the Detroit Lions to wrap up a disappointing 2017 season.

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel confirmed the reports by ESPN and NFL Network. Green Bay posted its first losing season since going 6-10 in 2008 and it was their third losing campaign since 1991.

Capers' defense hasn't finished in the top 10 since the Super Bowl season.

Capers installed a 3-4 defense when he was hired in 2009 and the change from a 4-3 scheme found early success. He rose through the coaching ranks, eventually gaining promotion to assistant linebackers coach in 2014.

The Packers' defense finished 22nd overall this season in yards allowed per game. They're also firing some of his assistant coaches.

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According to Demovsky, in-house candidates to replace Capers could be defensive associate head coach Winston Moss, cornerbacks coach Joe Whitt Jr., safeties coach Darren Perry, and defensive line coach Mike Trgovac.

Before becoming the first head coach of Carolina, he was the defensive coordinator for the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1992 to 1994.

The move is an especially big one for the Packers considering Adams has emerged as their No. 1 receiver over the past two years and was primed to entertain a serious bidding war on the open market.

Green Bay Packers Defensive Coordinator Dom Capers is seen on the field during warmups prior to the NFC Divisional Playoff game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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