Dom Capers has finally been fired as Green Bay Packers defensive coordinator, and fans are rejoicing on Twitter.
The Green Bay Packers have only won one Super Bowl with Aaron Rodgers, due in part to a bad defense that has had some bad moments. But defensive coordinator Dom Capers continued to survive each offseason, as Packers’ head coach Mike McCarthy had only fired two assistants during his tenure.
But after a 35-11 loss to the Detroit Lions on Sunday, and the Packers’ missing the playoffs for the first time since 2008 (Rodgers’ first season as the starter), someone had to pay the price. Capers is the guy, as confirmation came on Monday that he had been fired Sunday night.
Capers, as mentioned, lasted a few years longer than he should have as Green Bay’s defensive coordinator. But better late than never, I suppose, and based on the Twitter reaction Packers’ fans are glad to see Capers go.
But there is some trending data to back up the move.
The Packers have not had a top-10 defense since the 2010 Super Bowl-winning season, and they finished in the bottom-third of the league in total defense four times in the last seven seasons under Capers. Injuries, a decline in performance from some key players and Rodgers not being around to cover up defensive shortcomings combined to finally spell the end for Capers.
Even before the news was official, with only a report Capers would be fired to go on, fans were glad to know the move was inevitable.
Capers was the Packers’ defensive coordinator for nine seasons. He has been working in the NFL continually since 1986, including stints as head coach of two expansion teams (Carolina Panthers,1995-98 and Houston Texans, 2002-2005). It’s not clear if he’ll retire from coaching, at 67 years old, but if he wants to keep going he should be able to find a job somewhere for next season.