Packers fire longtime defensive coordinator Dom Capers

Packers fire longtime defensive coordinator Dom Capers

Javier Howell
January 2, 2018

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Packers GM Ted Thompson is transitioning into a new role in the organization, and Green Bay will hire a new general manager. News of Trgovac's and McCurley's departure broke around 3 p.m. Monday.

ESPN's Rob Demoovsky and others reported on Monday that the Packers fired longtime defensive coordinator Dom Capers following their blowout loss to the Detroit Lions.

"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. Thompson has also been criticized a bit for not being aggressive in free agency whatsoever. Hired in 2005, Thompson set the franchise on a path back to the Super Bowl when he drafted quarterback Aaron Rodgers with his first ever pick. And that played a part in several painful playoff losses in recent years. Special teams coordinator Mike Stock retired - although he may have been encouraged to do so - after the 2008 season. In 2014, the Packers led Seattle, 19-7, with three minutes left in the NFC Championship Game, but eventually lost on overtime.

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The Packers also could look at outside candidates. That list includes Russ Ball, the Packers' vice president of player finance; Eliot Wolf, the director of football operations; and Brian Gutekunst, the director of player personnel. Trgovac, who was on the Packers' 1999 staff with McCarthy under head coach Ray Rhodes, returned to Green Bay in 2009 as line coach under Capers after a stint as the Carolina Panthers' defensive coordinator. McCarthy, who just finished his 12th season in Green Bay, has only worked for Thompson in that time and a new general manager might want to bring in his own man for the job.

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