Packers fire longtime defensive coordinator Dom Capers

Packers fire longtime defensive coordinator Dom Capers

Earlier in the day, the Packers fired defensive coordinator Dom Capers after nine seasons with the team. McCarthy fired defensive coordinator Bob Sanders following the 2008 season, which was the last time - until this year - the Packers missed the playoffs.

"If I ever feel like I can't come in and give as much as I've got and do the kind of job that you want to do, then I won't do it anymore", said Capers, who has been in the National Football League since 1986 and was a head coach for the Carolina Panthers and Houston Texans. The defense hasn't finished among the top 10 teams since the 2010 Super Bowl season. Instead, he built Green Bay's roster with a draft-and-develop philosophy that mostly paid dividends.

The Packers have a 135-90-1 record under Thompson, who took quarterback Aaron Rodgers with his first draft pick (No. 24 overall) in 2005. He also hit home runs with players like wide receivers Jordy Nelson and Greg Jennings, offensive linemen David Bakhtiari, T.J. Lang and Josh Sitton, linebacker Clay Matthews, defensive lineman Mike Daniels and safety Nick Collins. In 2014, the Packers led Seattle, 19-7, with three minutes left in the NFC Championship Game, but eventually lost on overtime. Green Bay is expected to make other changes to its defensive coaching staff as well.

NFL Network first reported Monday night that Thompson would no longer continue in the role he assumed in 2005 after then-Packers GM/coach Mike Sherman was stripped of his GM duties. Current team executives Eliot Wolf, Brian Gutekunst and Russ Ball all figure to be candidates to replace Thompson.


The Packers have not officially announced the firing of Capers, who joined the team in 2009.

It's just the third time in McCarthy's 12 years as head coach he has fired a coordinator.

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