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Capers brought pressure when it mattered most

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After 25 years in the NFL and four painful conference championship losses, Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers finally made a Super Bowl this year.  He did his best to make it count.

Sunday’s game was a challenge for Capers because cornerback Charles Woodson didn’t play after halftime, and cornerback Sam Shields was on the field sparingly the final two quarters.  That forced Capers to switch gears.

“A lot of our gameplan went out the window,” Capers said in the locker room after the game.  “Our man coverage stuff was out.  We played more zone,  played fire zones in the second half.”

The gameplan didn’t call for a lot of blitzes, even when everyone was on the field.

“We wanted to be smart with our pressure,” Capers said, noting that one of Ben Roethlisberger’s big early runs came against a blitz.

Still, with the game on the line, Capers didn’t sit back and let the Steelers offense dictate things.  Capers said he called for pressure on the final three snaps of the game.  Those final three snaps, of course, were incompletions that finally gave Capers a Super Bowl title.

“There’s nothing more rewarding,” Capers said.   “I’m going to let this one sink in for a little bit.”

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36 Responses to “Capers brought pressure when it mattered most”
  1. edsbay says: Feb 7, 2011 4:23 PM

    You deserve it Dom…now please don’t take a head coaching job…just stay in GB for number 5 & 6.

  2. medtxpack says: Feb 7, 2011 4:29 PM

    Id take Dom Capers over Dick LeBeau any day, hes gone from team to team turning things around. LeBeau got compfy in Pittsburgh and really doesnt have to do much. He coaches thugs, whereas Capers, gets young player to reach their potential.

  3. hobartbaker says: Feb 7, 2011 4:30 PM

    Luckily for Capers and the makeshift Packer defense, Ben Roethlisberger has suffered more serious concussions to this point in his career than Aaron Rodgers.

  4. newreality1 says: Feb 7, 2011 4:30 PM

    Dom capers. 7 games orchestrated defensivly near perfect. All you can say is wow. Im speechless. A tip of the hat to you!

  5. intedwetrust says: Feb 7, 2011 4:34 PM

    All I can say is I hope we can keep Capers for a good loooooooooooong time. IMO he deserves as much credit as Mike and Ted in winning the Lombardi.

  6. reddskeletor says: Feb 7, 2011 4:42 PM

    4 Conference Championship losses; from what I’ve checked, he’s had 2 (Steelers in 94′-95′ and Panthers in 96′-97′).

  7. stetai says: Feb 7, 2011 5:04 PM

    Dom and the defense is the real MVP of the Super Bowl. The story was the defense stopping Ben and causing 3 crucial turnoevers for 21 points.

  8. dumbaseinstien says: Feb 7, 2011 5:10 PM

    Easy to win when you have the Refs in your pocket. Enjoy your Gift Wrapped win GB.

  9. expatpatfan says: Feb 7, 2011 5:32 PM

    @dumb: How can you possibly complain about the refs in this game? The worst call of the game was against the Packers (the non-facemask). The Packers had more penalty yards than the Steelers. The *only* iffy call on the Steelers call game was the holding call on Foster, and that drive resulted in 8 points for Pittsburgh, so you can’t argue it affected the outcome of the game.

  10. mvp43 says: Feb 7, 2011 5:41 PM

    dumbaseinstien says:
    Feb 7, 2011 5:10 PM
    Easy to win when you have the Refs in your pocket. Enjoy your Gift Wrapped win GB.

    ——————————-

    Actually, its easier to win when the other team throws 2 pics and puts the ball on the ground….

  11. smoothjimmyapollo says: Feb 7, 2011 5:43 PM

    “Easy to win when you have the Refs in your pocket. Enjoy your Gift Wrapped win GB.”

    You mean the 7 Packer penalties compared to the Steelers 6? What about the phantom facemask call? Perhaps you mean the unsportsmanlike on Collins for going to his knees in the endzone, which while technically a penalty, who the hell calls that in the Super Bowl? Yep, what a gift-wrapped victory.

  12. aaronitout says: Feb 7, 2011 6:02 PM

    I hope Capers has decided he doesn’t ever want to be a head coach again. If GB can keep the trifecta of Thompson, McCarthy, and Capers then we will be a successful franchise for years to come. Here comes the 2nd Golden Age of the Packers. I hope Rodgers can get 2 or 3 more Lombardi Trophies!!

  13. nickynick04 says: Feb 7, 2011 6:14 PM

    Feb 7, 2011 5:10 PM
    Easy to win when you have the Refs in your pocket. Enjoy your Gift Wrapped win GB.

    W H A T ?
    You can’t be serious…..OMG I thought I heard it all….You are the first person I heard all day of checking blogs and sports radio to even HINT that there was poor officiating,,to the contrary,,it was a good officiated game….you are a sick, very very sick cry bay….and making stuff up to cry about….

  14. nycowboysfan says: Feb 7, 2011 6:24 PM

    Finally, a DC who brings pressure on those critical last drives! It drives me nuts when they drop 8 into coverage; essentially letting guys like the rapist pick you apart!! Ask the Giants how well that strategy worked against the Beagles, a game if they had won, would have made it very hard for the Packers to get into the playoffs…

  15. mrcmos says: Feb 7, 2011 6:29 PM

    Hey Dumb….

    Your moniker says it all. You should have expanded the moniker to DumbAss…

  16. jrmbadger says: Feb 7, 2011 6:38 PM

    “dumbaseinstien says:
    Feb 7, 2011 5:10 PM
    Easy to win when you have the Refs in your pocket. Enjoy your Gift Wrapped win GB.”

    I’ve seen a lot of classy steeler fans congratulating the Packers on these boards.

    You are not one of them.

  17. xtb3 says: Feb 7, 2011 6:41 PM

    Shields being OFF the field much of the 2nd half was a GOOD thing for Capers and the Packers!

  18. gregjennings85 says: Feb 7, 2011 6:43 PM

    Hey, if he wants to complain about the refs, let him do what he wants.

    We’re taking the Vince Lombardi Trophy back home to Lambeau, where it belongs, and that’s all that matters.

    I wonder if I will ever stop smiling.

  19. Matt-NC says: Feb 7, 2011 6:52 PM

    double-sloppy-cheeseburger concussions causing picks? Gift wrapped win?

    Listen to your coach and players. Even they say it was the GB defense that caused those. And they would know a lot more about it than you.

    Green Bay took it from the Steelers. Steelers didn’t give it away.

    Choke down the sour grapes. You got beat by a better team.

  20. JimmySmith says: Feb 7, 2011 7:00 PM

    Easy to win when you have the Refs in your pocket. Enjoy your Gift Wrapped win GB.

    The Stealers, who were the beneficiary of the worst called Superbowl in the history of the NFL, just ask the Seahawks, and now we have their fans making this complaint.

    Three huge turnovers didn’t have anything to do with the outcome of the game, did it?

  21. xxchaos32xx says: Feb 7, 2011 7:07 PM

    Lets all point and laugh at hobartbaker and dumbaseinstien.

    hobartbaker – find a different sport, you obviously know NOTHING about football.

    dumbaseinstien – go back to your conspiracy theory websites, you know less about football than hobartbaker.

    but thanks for the laugh guys.

  22. 8man says: Feb 7, 2011 7:37 PM

    dumbaseinstien says:
    Feb 7, 2011 5:10 PM
    Easy to win when you have the Refs in your pocket. Enjoy your Gift Wrapped win GB.
    ———————————————
    Sounds like someone’s got a case of the Monday’s.

    Are you missing your red stapler as well?

  23. FoozieGrooler says: Feb 7, 2011 8:04 PM

    dumbaseinstien says: Feb 7, 2011 5:10 PM

    “Easy to win when you have the Refs in your pocket. Enjoy your Gift Wrapped win GB.”

    The refs played no part in that game whatsoever, nearly to the point of being invisible. The game was clean and the refs let them play.
    What game were you watching?
    And what part of Baltimore do you hail from?

    - a Steelers fan.

  24. vahawker says: Feb 7, 2011 8:30 PM

    So Dumb…when can the Hawks expect the SB Xtra Leavey trophy to be delivered? You are a joke to all humanity.

  25. hscorpio says: Feb 7, 2011 8:32 PM

    xtb3 says:
    Feb 7, 2011 6:41 PM
    Shields being OFF the field much of the 2nd half was a GOOD thing for Capers and the Packers!
    =================================

    If you mean the gimpy Shields that gave it a go after being hurt, you’re right. I’m glad they got him out of there and just trusted Pat Lee and Jarrett Bush would get the job done.

    If you mean a healthy Shields, you couldn’t be more wrong. Considering he was a rookie that had one year of college CB under his belt and that the two other CBs were Woodson and Williams, the fact that he wasn’t picked and abused by opposing offenses is a remarkable. I can guarantee there wasn’t one Packer fan nervous about Shields going into that first game in Philly. Now, many of us believe he’ll step right in when Woodson retires or moves to Safety full time. Like Tramon did with Al Harris’ old spot.

    The fact that the Packers held on that final drive with Shields and Woodson out is why many of us want Capers to stay right where he is now for a good long while. It is reminiscent of Holmgren-Shurmur back in the 90s. We loved Fritz. The guy was a mad scientist type that usually produced, just like Capers.

  26. jc1958coo says: Feb 7, 2011 8:48 PM

    mike tomlin said it best, the packers made plays!
    tomlin is a class guy to give credit when it’s due!

  27. apage53915 says: Feb 7, 2011 9:02 PM

    Maybe now he can make enough money to replace that ferret he wears on top of his bald head.

  28. goldsteel says: Feb 7, 2011 9:47 PM

    The Packer defense played well as did the rest of the team. The Packers were the better team in the Superbowl.

    GO STEELERS!

  29. vikescry1 says: Feb 7, 2011 9:49 PM

    dumb??? just like your name the refs gave the pack nothing…. besides i remember a face mask penalty being called that wasn’t one. now it looked like one but it wasn’t. just goes to show you any idiot can have an opinion, but only a true dumb@ss will say it.

  30. newreality1 says: Feb 7, 2011 10:02 PM

    Since the owners of the Green Bay packers are the people of greenbay the problem were all having is just how much each person has to pitch in to pay the money we owe the refs. I think it comes to $12.32 per person.

  31. Jack Burton says: Feb 7, 2011 10:39 PM

    Well deserved, that defense took the ball away 3 times. That’s how you win the big game.

  32. gregjennings85 says: Feb 7, 2011 10:40 PM

    goldsteel says:
    Feb 7, 2011 9:47 PM
    The Packer defense played well as did the rest of the team. The Packers were the better team in the Superbowl.

    ___________________________________

    I like your style, sir.

    The Steelers did its fans and its city proud, battling until the final whistle.

    Respect.

  33. tatum064 says: Feb 7, 2011 10:47 PM

    reddskeletor says: Feb 7, 2011 4:42 PM

    4 Conference Championship losses; from what I’ve checked, he’s had 2 (Steelers in 94′-95′ and Panthers in 96′-97′).
    =============================
    Who’s got the ring, now? STFU and give credit where credit is due. He beat Pittsburgh when it mattered most.

    End of story. Whats with the “Elias Bureau routine” The Steelers lost, deal with it.

  34. tatum064 says: Feb 7, 2011 10:49 PM

    newreality1 says: Feb 7, 2011 10:02 PM

    Since the owners of the Green Bay packers are the people of greenbay the problem were all having is just how much each person has to pitch in to pay the money we owe the refs. I think it comes to $12.32 per person.
    ==================================

    translation; The refs werent giving this one to the Steelers.

    In fact, the refs “let em play”. No ticky tack p.i. calls or b%&ch roughing the passer calls….Great game, ref like that more often. Well earned win by the Pack.

  35. tatum064 says: Feb 7, 2011 10:54 PM

    “The Stealers, who were the beneficiary of the worst called Superbowl in the history of the NFL, just ask the Seahawks, and now we have their fans making this complaint. ”
    ==================================

    true. How gratifying was it for the refs to “let em play”? Now you saw Rothlisberger get exposed….as he was against Seattle.

  36. dolphins4 says: Feb 8, 2011 12:31 AM

    It’s too bad the Eagles don’t have a great defensive coordinator like Capers and Lebeau.

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