Packers fire longtime defensive coordinator Dom Capers

Kristopher Nichols
January 2, 2018

According to the reports, Capers was let go after a season-ending 35-11 loss at Detroit on Sunday.

The Packers also fired inside linebackers coach Scott McCurley and defensive line coach Mike Trgovac, according to ESPN. In each of his first two years as the defensive coordinator, the Packers finished in the top five in total defense. But it's been downhill over the past several seasons with Green Bay's defense ranking in the bottom half of the National Football League in three of the past five years.

In 2015, the Packers ranked sixth against the pass, seventh in opposing quarterback rating, ninth in interceptions and tied for 12th in points allowed, but they significantly slipped in the last two years despite several high draft picks being used on defensive players.

Capers' defense hasn't finished in the top 10 since the Super Bowl season. Sanders was sacked after the 2008 season.

The 67-year-old Capers said last month that he planned to coach "as long as I enjoy it".

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Capers has been defensive coordinator since 2009. He was previously the defensive coordinator of the Carolina Panthers.

The Packers might also have to replace assistant head coach and linebackers coach Winston Moss, who has received interest from the Lions.

This season, the Packers rank 22nd in total defense, the same mark they had previous year.

He's now let go three defensive coaches as of Monday.

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. Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported the "dismissals are not over".

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