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Packers Podcast: Capers' Future Comes Into Question

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Packers Podcast: Capers' Future Comes Into Question

On Monday I joined Bart Winkler of K107 in Fond du Lac to wrap up a Packers' divisional-round loss in the NFL playoffs to the 49ers. Topics included Green Bay's inability to stop Colin Kaepernick, and in turn, the questioning of defensive coordinator Dom Capers has begun. The future of wide receivers Greg Jennings and Donald Driver is also debated.

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Brian Carriveau is the author of "It's Just a Game: Big League Drama in Small Town America," a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and an editor at Cheesehead TV. To contact Brian, email carriveau@uwalumni.com.

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Chris Davis's picture

We Need new blood on defense...That starts with the coaching. Dom Capers has got to go. New players are coming in and it would do nothing but to help us but to get a new DC. This years game and last years are so embarrassing as for our defensive effort.

rjw's picture

Agree the performance of the defense needs to be seriously evaluated under Capers leadership. Brian should do an article on how his teams performed in the past and readers will conclude his schemes work in the early years but his failure to adapt to opposing teams adjusting to his tendancies produce the kind of results seen during NFC Division playoff games the last two years. For example,in 1995 Capers impressed Carolina Panther's owner, Jerry Richardson, with his volumes of notes (in several 3-ring binders) on different schemes for running a creative defense. He was hired as the Panther's head coach and immediately built a winning team led by defensive stand-out Sam Mills. Everyone recalls the success his team had in its second year, playing the Packers in the 1996 Championship game. Unfortunately, opposing teams learned how to attack his Panther's defense, concluding in a 4 -12 final year (1998) record, with assistant coaches and players fighting on the sidelines. After being fired in Carolina, he spent the next two years as a D coordinator in Jacksonville, where he assembled a top team running a modified 4-3 defense. We never found out how the opposition would adjust to his schemes as he was hired as the Houston Texans head coach for the 2001 season. Again, his initial success exceeded everyone's expectations but after two years Capers developed a reputation of running predictable schemes, leading to another termination. Nobody works harder than Capers... he's a good man but relies on HIS concepts; competitive offenses eventually determine how to match their personnel strengths to exploit Caper's weaknesses. In watching his teams from 1992 (Pittsburgh) through a couple of years in Miami, until Saturday's debacle in San Francisco, I have wondered whether he is capable of coaching a smash-mouth team, who plays disciplined, fundamental football (tackling, holding contain, etc.). He reminds me of business people who get wrapped-up in process management concepts and shift their focus away from results... or instructors who present theories that work on paper but don't make plan B & C adjustments if the primary approach runs into trouble. The Pack should continue to have a top level offense but the defense needs to provide them with scoring opportunities by getting off the field. Brian, let's hear your perspective.

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