Capers Named Defensive Coordinator


The Green Bay Packers named Dom Capers their new defensive coordinator Monday. Head Coach Mike McCarthy made the announcement.

"Dom Capers is an excellent fit for the Green Bay Packers," Head Coach Mike McCarthy said. "His vision of playing defense and my vision of how we're going to move forward in Green Bay I would say is a big part of why I think he's an outstanding fit for our organization."

Capers comes to Green Bay with 38 seasons of coaching experience, including 23 seasons in the National Football League. He served as the head coach of two expansion franchises, first in Carolina (1995-98) and later in Houston (2001-05). Capers led the Panthers to the NFC Championship Game in 1996, just their second year of existence, and was honored with every major Coach of the Year award that season.

He has been a defensive coordinator for three clubs: Pittsburgh (1992-94), Jacksonville (1999-2000) and Miami (2007). As a defensive coordinator, Capers was honored twice as the Pro Football Weekly/PFWA Assistant Coach of the Year, first in Pittsburgh (1994) and later in Jacksonville (1999).

Capers began his NFL coaching career in New Orleans, serving six seasons (1986-91) as defensive backs coach. In 2006, he served as special assistant to the head coach with the Miami Dolphins. This past season, Capers coached in New England as special assistant – secondary. Other professional experience includes two seasons as defensive backs coach for the USFL's Philadelphia/Baltimore Stars.

Capers' resume includes 12 seasons on the college level, including stints as defensive backs coach at Ohio State (1982-83), Tennessee (1980-81), California (1978-79), San Jose State (1977) and Hawaii (1975-76). He entered the coaching profession in 1972, serving three seasons as a graduate assistant at Kent State.

Capers is a graduate of Mount Union College (Ohio), where he played safety and linebacker.

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