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McCarthy “very confident” Capers will be back as defensive coordinator

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Three days after a historically pathetic performance by the Packers’ defense, Packers coach Mike McCarthy says that the man who runs the defense will be back in 2013, possibly to have another historically pathetic performance in the postseason.

McCarthy told reporters on Tuesday that Capers will be back.  Sort of.

Via Kevin Seifert of ESPN.com, McCarthy said that he is “very confident” Capers will return in 2013, but that McCarthy plans to evaluate everyone.

Still, McCarthy bristled at the suggestion that Capers should be blamed.  Via Seifert, McCarthy called it “ridiculous” that he has to answer questions and that he’s “appalled” by the topic.

That’s fine, but plenty of Packers fans believe that the defensive performance on Saturday night was “ridiculous,” and that they too are “appalled.”

Bottom line?  At some point most coaches have to decide whether to fire a key assistant or risk inching toward the hot seat himself.

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  1. virger says: Jan 15, 2013 5:46 PM

    capers takes some blame in not adjusting the game plan (ever), but is it his fault his players don’t want to tackle? watched every minute of every game…need bishop back in there to thump.

  2. virger says: Jan 15, 2013 5:47 PM

    also McCarthy’s tush is nowhere near the hot seat.

  3. andrewproughcfe says: Jan 15, 2013 5:48 PM

    And I am “very confident” the Pack will give up around 40-45 points in a playoff loss next season. That defense is worse than soft and pathetic. Soft, pathetic defenses laugh at the Packer defense.

  4. lambeauphan says: Jan 15, 2013 5:50 PM

    McCarthy better be very confident that the Packers are getting rid of AJ Hawk

  5. Ponder This says: Jan 15, 2013 5:50 PM

    Two years ago, Dom Capers was the greatest defensive mind of our time. Now, just because he had the worst defense in NFL history last year and two historically pathetic playoff performances, Packer fans are calling for his head. Where’s that famous loyalty that makes the Packers and their fans so special?

  6. kev86 says: Jan 15, 2013 5:51 PM

    Great news if Coach Capers returns. Hope it is true – Giants fan

  7. kingjm says: Jan 15, 2013 5:54 PM

    Crazy what difference 2 years makes.
    2010 postseason: top 3 defense.
    2012 postseason: historically terrible.

  8. muskyhunter2542 says: Jan 15, 2013 5:54 PM

    Well Im of the opinion that Capers doesnt play the game… The players on the field that day looked like they had concrete boots on. They just looked slow. Add Bishop, DJ Smith, Perry, and put Hawks ass on the bench. Suddenly its not to bad of a LB Group. The Packers will be fine. They need an in the box safety in the early part of the draft this year. Woodson will need to take a huge paycut I think if he wants to stay for another year. I like Dajuan Harris as a nice change of pace back, If they can find a decent Running back out there in the draft.
    I also oddly think that Jennings will actually be back somehow.

  9. dabearsk says: Jan 15, 2013 5:58 PM

    They are really soft…they got progressively worse this year as the year went on..you knew they were in trouble when Peterson destroyed them week 17. None of the DBs want to tackle anyone…I thought that when Woodson came back they would toughen up..but obviously that didn’t happen…

  10. jhein23 says: Jan 15, 2013 5:59 PM

    Dom Capers regular season defense is fine when the Packers play average and below average teams but once they get to the playoffs and play the elite teams I fully expect 40-50 pts to be on the other teams scoreboard. I don’t see the Packers back in the SB anytime soon if he continues to lead the defense. Its too bad because wasting a great QBs prime seasons.

  11. randallflagg52 says: Jan 15, 2013 6:01 PM

    Didn’t this team just spend all but one or two draft selections on defense?

  12. dkrause71 says: Jan 15, 2013 6:03 PM

    MM is no where near the hot seat but i feel Capers should be let go. He struggles to adjust in game and frankly his teams historically do not seem to improve after the first two or three years. While its not his fault that bigger bodies that tackle like Perry or Bishop were injured, it is his fault that the defense didn’t look like they have ever seen the run option before Saturdays game.

    I do think this will be an off-season of more turnover on the defensive side and believe it not Packer haters the defense isn’t historically horrible week in and week out. They do struggle against power running attacks, good passing rushing defenses and running QBs and have for years. Any true Packer fan had to know that Seattle, SF and NY Giants were teams we didn’t match up well against needed to avoid to come up of the NFC.

    I expect we’ll see heavy draft picking in the front seven and possibly Woodson and Hawk let go for faster and cheaper models. I wouldn’t be shocked to see the Pack draft a RB in the first three round after seeing what a scat back like Harris was able to do for them late in the season.

  13. azarkhan says: Jan 15, 2013 6:05 PM

    That’s fine, but plenty of Packers fans believe that the defensive performance on Saturday night was “ridiculous,”

    (Fortunately) Coach McCarthy doesn’t listen to the fans.

  14. dkrause71 says: Jan 15, 2013 6:07 PM

    Didn’t this team just spend all but one or two draft selections on defense?
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    They did and actually drafted pretty well. Casey Hayward is a candidate for DROY. Perry and Worthy were quite productive before they were hurt. McMillian did see time at safety. Daniels also had a nice rookie season. Just the defense was historically bad in 2011-2012. Now they are merely just crappy most weeks.

  15. fishman5656 says: Jan 15, 2013 6:10 PM

    AJ HAwk has been the top tackler for the packers the past three years and it is not his job to cover wide receivers like he had to Saturday – capers did not adjust – needs to GO!

  16. sippindasyzurp says: Jan 15, 2013 6:14 PM

    They need someone in there with intensity and attitude to help bring some swagger back to that D.. Until then I will get used to giving up 500 yards and 35+ points in playoff games.

  17. geneatals says: Jan 15, 2013 6:15 PM

    Hire lovie. Lmao

  18. purpleguy says: Jan 15, 2013 6:17 PM

    Dumping Capers is probably an over-reaction as he’s the same guy that was a coordinator that took them to a Super Bowl. Injuries and questionable ability of some of the defensive players is just as likely the problem.

  19. faultylogic29 says: Jan 15, 2013 6:19 PM

    Over the years I’ve learned to trust McCarthy and Thompson, but I said it after the game, and I’ll say it again: It’s awfully hard to support Capers after the 49ers game. There’s a lot of talented players on that defense, and the gameplan consistently put them out of place to make plays. Capers just has not responded well to some of the new schemes out there from last couple years.

  20. lambeauphan says: Jan 15, 2013 6:20 PM

    AJ HAwk has been the top tackler for the packers the past three years and it is not his job to cover wide receivers like he had to Saturday

    ________________________

    average tackle is 7.8 yard DOWN FIELD, thats on average! He may have good numbers but he gets tossed around like a rag doll

  21. randallflagg52 says: Jan 15, 2013 6:27 PM

    lambeauphan says:
    Jan 15, 2013 6:20 PM
    AJ HAwk has been the top tackler for the packers the past three years and it is not his job to cover wide receivers like he had to Saturday

    ________________________

    average tackle is 7.8 yard DOWN FIELD, thats on average! He may have good numbers but he gets tossed around like a rag doll

    ====================================

    Ah, yes. The Jerod Mayo effect. Same thing with that guy, but he makes pro bowls and was rookie of the year. People need to look beyond tackle totals when it comes to inside linebackers.

  22. randolph32 says: Jan 15, 2013 6:27 PM

    If he could play the Bears every week he’d be a GENIUS!

  23. packerfan1000 says: Jan 15, 2013 6:28 PM

    Allow me to quote Vic Ketchman, a great sports writer who now writes for packers.com:

    Players. Not plays.

  24. thaoption1 says: Jan 15, 2013 6:31 PM

    If a team can score as many points as Green Bay and can make the necessary stop they’ll always beat them. That’s the scouting report

  25. gsomatt says: Jan 15, 2013 6:32 PM

    Capers will get one more year.

    But they need to start poking the D with sticks to make them a little nasty.

  26. JackAcid says: Jan 15, 2013 6:35 PM

    Ponder almost drops a 40-burger on them in a game they needed for the #2 seed, proceed to get run over by Niners for close to 600 yards in the div round.

    Yeah, Packers fans must be thrilled.

  27. clownsfan says: Jan 15, 2013 6:36 PM

    Pack missed a lot of tackles. It starts with fundamentals. Gotta wrap’em up!!

  28. dwarftosser says: Jan 15, 2013 6:40 PM

    Capers did an incredible job his first year, but since then his defense has been lit up by almost every quality offense we’ve played. He doesn’t spend enough time on fundamentals, the other team always seem to know our defensive gameplan, and he is way too slow to make adjustments. The game against the 49ers was the latest example.. We have too much talent on defense to be this bad every single week. Capers needs to move on.

  29. coolhand5930 says: Jan 15, 2013 6:41 PM

    Talk about taking quotes out of context. He was appalled about the question being asked again, and followed it up stating he wasn’t going to make a decision with emotions involved.

    Emotional decisions and reactions usually end up being wrong.

    Capers obviously had a horrible game plan, but there’s enough blame to go around. Tramon couldn’t break up a pass, Walden couldn’t tell who had the football, gap assignments were blown all game, and they turned it over 3 times.

    They allowed 178 yards rushing by Kaepernick BEFORE contact. Hard to blame all that on Capers

  30. illinininer says: Jan 15, 2013 6:42 PM

    What did they have in 2010 that they haven’t had the past two years? Nick Collins.

    It’s not Capers’ fault that Walden chased Gore for 10-15 yards before realizing he didn’t have the ball. He put his players in position to succeed, the talent failed him.

  31. vincelombardisghost says: Jan 15, 2013 6:46 PM

    Wouldn’t it be ironic if Capers is let go and the Pack hired Lovie Smith? Lovie is one heckuva defensive coach. As a Packer fan, I’d love to see him on my team’s side. Bears fans who wanted Lovie to remain as head coach would not be pleased.

  32. buckybadger says: Jan 15, 2013 6:47 PM

    The defense was riddled with injuries and they need better play from their big guys. I would not want to see Capers go, his track record is too good to do that. The problem GB faces is that they need to pay some guys [Rodgers will want a new contract] and they need help on both sides of the lines.

  33. maybenextyearbrowns says: Jan 15, 2013 6:47 PM

    I am confident that is an awful defense.

  34. maybenextyearbrowns says: Jan 15, 2013 6:48 PM

    Sf qb is still running

  35. southpaw447 says: Jan 15, 2013 6:48 PM

    virger says:

    capers takes some blame in not adjusting the game plan (ever), but is it his fault his players don’t want to tackle?

    _____________________________________

    As a defensive coordinator who has been coaching a team for the last 4 seasons and they can’t tackle, then it is your fault. A coordinator has to instill that within his players and hold them accountable. So yes it is his fault.

    Capers is bad and some of the the defenders we have equally so.

    In 4 postseason appearances we’ve given up 51 points in 2009, 37 in 2011, and 45 last weekend. And in the NFCCG in 2010 we barely made it out by the skin of our teeth after giving up a touchdown in less than a minute after just going up by 14 because Capers likes to play the prevent.

    There is too much talent on the team to be as bad as we’ve been on defense lately. You can blame it on injuries or what have you, but again if after 4 seasons your defense still lacks basic football fundamentals like tackling and executing simple assignments, there is something wrong and it’s not just the players.

  36. vikescry1 says: Jan 15, 2013 6:53 PM

    last years def was ranked dead last this year it was ranked 11th. of course not making excuse’s because the niners just punched the pack in the mouth, and the pack had no answer. they didn’t make any half time adjustment’s and didn’t look prepared well for the game. let’s also not forget the offense didn’t look great by any stretch either. oh and a muffed punt on the 8 yard line on special teams didn’t help either. bottom line there was plenty of blame to go around, as a packers fan my team just got beat by the better team. good luck niners.

  37. cusoman says: Jan 15, 2013 7:02 PM

    buckybadger says:
    Jan 15, 2013 6:47 PM
    The defense was riddled with injuries and they need better play from their big guys.

    ———————-

    It’s not like it’s the DC’s job to compensate and be ready for injuries or anything like that, nope not at all…

  38. clayme52 says: Jan 15, 2013 7:03 PM

    It is so hard to pinpoint the problem but something has got to change. Maybe Thompson’s strategy of drafting for character needs to stop. We need some nasty SOB’s back there not choir boys

  39. adoombray says: Jan 15, 2013 7:09 PM

    That defense has not been right since the superbowl victory. Dom Capers has had one good year as a coordinator for the Packers and that was a) Clay Matthews taking the league by surprise and b) Rodgers lighting it up so much teams were doing desperate things and passing heavily. The D has been an outright liability to anyone who watches the Packers though. Rodgers gets it done at such a high level but we cant expect 400 yard 4 td games to overcome bad defense.

    McCarthy is nowhere near the hotseat for sure but i can’t say that I had much more respect from than say a Mike Mularkey, Whizzenhunt, or more recently a Dirk Koetter or a Jay Gruden. in other words, guys where you wonder if it’s the talent on the team more than it is the guy coaching him. You have to wonder if either McCarthy or Capers would still be employed of Rodgers didn’t turn out to be a top 3 quarterback of his generation (if not the outright best).

    I hope it works out, but Capers better be on notice, and TT needs to snag some players who can stay healthy. ludicrous how many starts go down on defense every year.

  40. judsonjr says: Jan 15, 2013 7:14 PM

    Capers playoff history in a nutshell:

    2009 – Defense was good for 90% of the year. Al Harris goes down, but the Packers still have Woodson/Williams. However, Pittsburgh goes 4 WR late in the year and exploits their terrible nickle and dime backs. Arizona goes wild after seeing what Pittsburgh did.

    2010 – Defense did well in the playoffs against some flawed teams: teams that were either 1 dimensional, or lacked multiple receiving weapons.

    2011 – Defense played poorly versus Giants. However, the bigger factor in this one was the turnovers that set NYG for easy scores. For some reason Packer fans have it in their mind that the Giants ran all over our D, which wasn’t the case.

    2012 – Don’t really have much excuse for this one. You played a running QB and running team the week prior. You have problems with keeping the QB in the pocket early and do nothing to fix it. You played Vick in the 2010 playoffs, and amazingly Walden/Matthews (Same OLB) maintained the pocket in that game and didn’t go crashing in on runs.

  41. rodgersrodgersheisking says: Jan 15, 2013 7:15 PM

    Tramon Williams and Erik Walden were godawful at the weekend. Tramon’s never liked tackling, and Walden displayed a complete inability to set the edge. Can’t really blame Capers for that.

  42. countduku says: Jan 15, 2013 7:32 PM

    good news for the rest of the division

  43. teal379 says: Jan 15, 2013 7:32 PM

    Everyone wants to say that Capers is fine, that the D improved from last year to this.

    Well yeah – they only won TWO games all season against playoff bound teams. That’s hardly impressive.

    Kevin Greene has said Walden didn’t do anything he wasn’t specifically asked to do, and it wasn’t his fault for the long run. Woodson has said that they didn’t prepare at all for the QB to run.

    That’s criminal negligence on the part of the DC to NOT prepare for CK to run. It’s down right theft of his salary.

    End of the day – DC calls the plays and it’s looking more and more like the players ARE doing what’s asked of them – it’s just that what’s asked is idiotic.

    Too much talent on that team on D for them to be allowing 40 and 50 points a game in the playoffs. Raji, top 10 pick, Woodson HOF, Hawk top 10 pick. Matthews would have been top 5 had they known then what they do now but regardless he’s a first rounder. Perry was a first rounder (invisible before he got hurt).

    How anyone can say with a straight face that this defense isn’t woefully under achieving is beyond me.

    Jets, Panthers and Bengals had a better ranked defense – do they have more talent? Are they playing ahead most of the time? Nope.

  44. stellarperformance says: Jan 15, 2013 7:33 PM

    As bad as the Packers defense is…..they still won their division, which is goal No. 1. Until the other division teams can stop them from scoring, we’ll win it again next year.

  45. Deb says: Jan 15, 2013 7:37 PM

    When the Packers beat my Steelers in Super Bowl XLV two seasons ago, I thought the defense–specifically Clay Matthews–should have been MVP. Capers coached that defense, too. Now suddenly his defenses are “historically pathetic”??? Give me a break. Capers hasn’t suddenly forgotten how to coach. Injuries and sloppy performance play a role here, too.

  46. dcviking says: Jan 15, 2013 7:41 PM

    The person who needs to fire is Green Bay’s trainer — whatever that person(s) is doing, isn’t working.

    I just can’t believe one team gets drilled with injuries over and over and over like Green Bay does.

  47. khmer379 says: Jan 15, 2013 7:46 PM

    The Vikings are very confident that AP will have several 200 yard games in 2013

  48. jessethegreat says: Jan 15, 2013 7:47 PM

    It’s high time for a new defensive coordinator to be brought in. Please chose a guy with a 3-4 background this time. Can’t go switching schemes again. I’d like to see what rob Ryan has to offer. He’s too brash but the small town atmosphere may be able to drown that out a bit. I want a d coordinator that puts some fight and intensity back in our defense.

  49. hurrayforyogapants says: Jan 15, 2013 7:48 PM

    No more Lombardis for you then…

  50. twwally says: Jan 15, 2013 7:52 PM

    If we only played the NFC north all the time the Packers would be very good. Unfortunately in the playoffs there are other divisions to play.

  51. peopletrains says: Jan 15, 2013 8:08 PM

    Its true it isn’t AJ Hawk’s job to cover WRs, but it is his job to cover a TE every once in a while. Hawk can’t cover, can’t tackle, and is turning into a bigger knucklehead every year.

  52. Deb says: Jan 15, 2013 8:15 PM

    @jessethegreat …

    The Rams hired Rob Ryan.

  53. veence69 says: Jan 15, 2013 8:28 PM

    That makes me “very happy”.

    – Vikings fan

  54. dragonfly99 says: Jan 15, 2013 8:32 PM

    A coach is only as good as the talent around him. Capers can put them in a position to make plays but he cannot make the tackles or catch the ball for them. For the third straight year the Packers had a huge amount of season ending injuries. Having to rely on third string linebackers to make big plays is not a good situation to be in. Injuries are a part of football but the question for Green Bay is why they always have so many more injuries than other teams. Maybe their strength and conditioning program should be brought into question.

  55. veence69 says: Jan 15, 2013 8:34 PM

    muskyhunter2542 says: Jan 15, 2013 5:54 PM

    Well Im of the opinion that Capers doesnt play the game… The players on the field that day looked like they had concrete boots on. They just looked slow. Add Bishop, DJ Smith, Perry, and put Hawks ass on the bench. Suddenly its not to bad of a LB Group. The Packers will be fine. They need an in the box safety in the early part of the draft this year. Woodson will need to take a huge paycut I think if he wants to stay for another year. I like Dajuan Harris as a nice change of pace back, If they can find a decent Running back out there in the draft.
    I also oddly think that Jennings will actually be back somehow.

    _______________

    There’s that delusion I expect from Packer fans.

  56. linemanguy74 says: Jan 15, 2013 8:39 PM

    Packers can not handle physical teams and d backs do not like to tackle

  57. whatjusthapped says: Jan 15, 2013 8:41 PM

    No doubt the defense put on its worst performance of the year. The ‘studs’, Matthews and Raji didn’t play well, the good players, Woodson and T. Williams, Hawk and Burnett were below average and their average players were totally lost.

    Capers can’t make silk purses out of a cow’s ear. They were playing a third string Lb next to two undrafted LB’s along with more than a couple rookies playing extended time.

    The Viking fans can rejoice in this but remember, Ponder is your QB next year. Good luck with that.

  58. riverace19 says: Jan 15, 2013 9:04 PM

    He’s been on the hot seat for two seasons now. Packers D has talent but plays poorly all too often.
    Capers inability to make in game adjustments should get him fired no doubt… Hire Lovie Smith as D Coord!!!

  59. curlypacker says: Jan 15, 2013 9:12 PM

    I love the Packers. McCarthy is an adequate coach at best, he’s made some bonehead calls and apparently doesn’t know the rules. Capers is a total bust. He has a good defensive nucleus but his schemes are the same no matter what the situation. His 3-4 lacks any imagination and he fails to recognize what all fans can see during the game. We need a good DC now. If we go to the playoffs again and get humiliated again I can see McCarthy and Capers packing their bags. McCarthy you are hanging with a loser!

  60. Little Earthquake says: Jan 15, 2013 9:41 PM

    Great to see a head coach who takes responsibility. The other 31 ought to take note. McCarthy is the best in the business.

  61. myosin10 says: Jan 15, 2013 9:48 PM

    Capers got Kaepernicked!

  62. jimmyjames77 says: Jan 15, 2013 9:53 PM

    I’ll preface my comment by saying the defense definitely could have performed better throughout the season and in the playoffs, but I find it interesting McCarthy doesn’t receive more criticism for his less than stellar play calling. In nearly every game the offense stalled and suffered from three and outs which has to be tough on any defense. Throw in the on again off again no huddle and some of those possessions were less than one minute to time of possession. Solving the offensive line issues and generating some consistency in the running game could go a long way toward resolving some of the defensive shortcomings we’ve seen over the past couple years. That’s just my opinion.

  63. ihateyoujeff says: Jan 15, 2013 9:59 PM

    Lets all blame Capers….but it was Erik Walden who fell for the option to Gore on two occasions and lost edge containment on Kapernick.

    The defensive coordinator puts the players in the position to make the play, if the player fails on his read… you blame the d coordinator?

    Matthews couldn’t beat Staley 1v1 all game allowing the d line to double team the DT or NT and you blame Capers for that?

  64. mountaindont says: Jan 15, 2013 10:30 PM

    Here`s my opinion. I think Dom Capers needs to go but it`s not entirely his fault. I think his system works if you have the right players. The Packers no longer have the right players. The loss of Cullen Jenkins and Nick Collins really hurt the defense. Those players were not replaced with equal talent. Other than Clay Mathews the Packers don`t have anyone on defense that stands out. I guess a case for Raji could be argued. The DB`s arent intimidating at all. When was the last time one of the db`s really laid someone out ? The Packers have some young players and maybe they will be the answer in the long run but we need good defensive players now while we still have a good offense.

  65. tokyosandblaster says: Jan 15, 2013 10:42 PM

    Hey veeence, if your team is so tough, why did your baby of a QB sit out the last game? Soft. Why did Peterson only get 99 yards in one of the biggest games of his life? Soft. Why does harvin sit out when he has a headache? Soft. Why did Jared Allen have fewer sacks than a Packers player who missed 1/3 of the season? Soft.

    The offseason: where Vikings fans are filled with idiotic delusions of grandeur.

    The regular season: where the Vikings fans disappear for months on end, hoping their coach gets fired, their QB gets benched, and where their dreams always die.

    Enjoy battling for the basement with your overachieving soft squad, babies!

  66. roanboon says: Jan 15, 2013 10:50 PM

    Packers have a top 5 coaching staff. They just happened to play against a top 3 coaching staff.

  67. kylebobland says: Jan 15, 2013 11:00 PM

    I thought the d was playing fine until that muffed punt. Even after that, they stopped the Niners on 3 downs then hopped offsides on fourth.

    What pissed me off as I watched was McCarthy’s horrible play calling. The first drive of the game, Three passes in a row. Up tempo. Three and out. Right after Frisco had ground out a long drive for a touchdown. And the d was still on the field from Sam Sheild’s pick 6 the drive before.

    The d was wore down completely. Look at the time of possession. That is unacceptable against a team like the Niners. And you’re calling for Capers’ head?

  68. dirtdawg54 says: Jan 15, 2013 11:29 PM

    Dom Capers has coached 19 years and had a top 9 defense (in points allowed) in 9 of them and his defenses put him in the 62nd percentile (meaning he’s better than 60 percent of all coaches all-time), at least according to pro-football-reference.com. Bear in mind he coached two expansion clubs during that time – Houston and Carolina.

    Maybe not Hall of Fame worthy, but hardly “historically pathetic”.

    Every team, every coach, has their bad days. And when they do, fans either bark for change or beg for forgiveness. It’s very predictable.

  69. trapshoot says: Jan 15, 2013 11:39 PM

    Tyrone Williams was a complete bust in both games. His coverage was terrible and he looked afraid to tackle.

  70. wiguy25 says: Jan 15, 2013 11:42 PM

    I would blow the whole team up. trade Rodgers and Matthews for a couple of 7th rounders

  71. kappy32 says: Jan 16, 2013 12:07 AM

    Dude, Capers did a fine job. Everyone was talking about how the defense would be great in the playoffs with everyone returning, but I didn’t buy that for a second. I don’t care what position on what team you play on, you need time together to build chemistry in order to be successful. You need to know the tendencies & reactions of the guys around you. You need to know that the deep safety has the catch up speed to cover you over the top if the WR beats you off the line. You need to know that your DE/OLB will contain to the outside to push the play inside rather than bite on inside action. The Packers were without a lot of key players on defense for a while this year & just because Woodson & Matthews were healthy in time for the playoffs didn’t mean they were automatically going to gel together. Chemistry is an extremely important aspect to a championship team. I mean, the best player on the Packers’ defense this year was a rookie 2nd round pick from Vandy, Casey Hayward. That says a lot about how ravaged that unit was by injuries & underachievement this year. The fault lies with the players, not Capers.

  72. ndrick731 says: Jan 16, 2013 10:38 PM

    He is incapable of adjusting during the game and has consistently come up with poor defensive game plans that took no regard of the opponent they were playing. His retention guarantees early playoff exits for the Packers.

  73. shavager says: Jan 16, 2013 10:59 PM

    I keep seeing comments-it’s the players, not the coach–the COACH is responsible for making sure players get their jobs done–Packers were inconsistent on both sides of the ball all year–for a defensive coach to have 6-7 or more game films to prepare for a QB like Kaepernick and then NOT have adjustments ready to stop him–it’s INEXCUSABLE–he’s a RUNNING QB and has been since named starter–Capers defense looked like they’ve never seen one. His defense is lackadaisical in tackling–no intensity outside of Matthews–his secondary was out of position in Niners playoff game and that’s a carry over from the last two Vikings games–COACH has to prepare team, has to make sure players give REAL effort, do their jobs–these guys have had ALL season–it’s MORE THAN PLAYERS–coaching has a big responsibility in this problem.

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