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Mike McCarthy defends Dom Capers and his staff

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The Packers were hoping a defense that once looked good against the run could sustain them during quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ injury absence.

That hasn’t been the case, but head coach Mike McCarthy defended defensive coordinator Dom Capers and his staff against recent criticisms, after reviewing the tape of their tie with the Vikings with them.

“We went through every call,” McCarthy said, via Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com. “It’s a very talented, organized defensive staff. I really like the teaching ability, the demand and their personality. . . .

I’m very comfortable in our coaching staff. I think it’s definitely one of the strengths of our program.”

It hasn’t looked that way lately.

Over the first six games, the Packers were allowing 79 yards a game. That’s swollen to 171.3 per game over the last three, when they’ve been without Rodgers and thus have a much smaller margin of error.

“That’s why they’re season stats,” McCarthy said. “We’re in a valley right now. We need to get out of it in some aspects of our team. Going through the grades, going through every call, every assignment, it really comes down to leverage, fits and tackling and tenacity of the finish of the play was a little up and down. Time and time again, we had excellent leverage but then we don’t complete the play.

“They had two excellent runners that extended runs and that’s the part you’ve got to win. When you create leverage and fit in run defense, that’s where the play starts, that’s not where it ends. We just didn’t do a very good job finishing once the leverage and the fit was established. You can go all the way through it, double teams and this and that, but it really came down to execution.”

Talking about execution means that McCarthy sees it as a problem of players as opposed to scheme, which is a harder problem to solve over the last month of the season, since he has been dealt a certain hand of cards.

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  1. irishgary says: Nov 26, 2013 9:54 AM

    Mike,

    It’s not working and hasn’t worked in 3 years.

  2. garyman1 says: Nov 26, 2013 10:00 AM

    You really only have two options:
    1. Get better players which is the GM’s job
    2. Change the coaching staff to a different scheme

    The players are not going to magically get better. The Packers are too soft in the middle and give up way too many 3rd and long plays. Personally, I think we need a new defensive coordinator (Capers was given more than enough time).

  3. aikmanschinstrap says: Nov 26, 2013 10:02 AM

    Injuries or not the Packers need to be able to stop other offenses when it’s needed. The defensive coaching staff seems so afraid of giving up the big play that they let themselves get beat by long runs, short passes, and a lack of aggressiveness.

    I’m stating all of this as a Packers fan. I just don’t have a lot of trust in the defense stopping a team from having a game winning drive.

  4. contra74 says: Nov 26, 2013 10:02 AM

    This sorry team came from behind to tie a 2-8 team in OT and their delusional fanbase is chanting Super Bowl! Oh how bad things have gotten in Green Bay.

  5. steelerben says: Nov 26, 2013 10:08 AM

    At least someone on the coaching staff is trying to construct an effective defense.

  6. farvite says: Nov 26, 2013 10:12 AM

    His team is battered beyond belief. That’s a bigger issue than Capers.

    But Capers is an issue. The D has suffered from the same inadequacies since 2010. 3 years is no coincidence.

  7. dsp518 says: Nov 26, 2013 10:15 AM

    I’m a HUGE Packers and and all I can say is “you’ve got to be kidding me.” Yes, I still hang on to the slimmest hopes that this team will turn it around in time to save the season, but let’s be honest, it ain’t happening. Capers defense makes the Ponders of the world look like the second coming of Joe Montana. Please MM, reconsider what you’re saying and change the D coordinator SOON!!!!!!!!! GO PACK GO!!!

  8. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Nov 26, 2013 10:16 AM

    Incredibly gutsy effort by our team. The tie will come in very handy to determine playoffs. Never quit. Never surrender. Great job by fans

  9. snowlock2013 says: Nov 26, 2013 10:17 AM

    Without Aaron Rodgers this is the same team as the Vikes

  10. yvesracine says: Nov 26, 2013 10:20 AM

    He’s terrible!!

  11. filthymcnasty1 says: Nov 26, 2013 10:21 AM

    I suspect he gets extra slack because of the Superbowl ring.

  12. 4sacroc says: Nov 26, 2013 10:24 AM

    Aside from the 2010 run to the title, GB hasn’t had a formidable defense since Fritz Shurmur was in charge in the mid 90s.

    The Pack never adequately replaced S Nick Collins. He was the QB on the back side. Morgan Burnett has been a disappointment and the other two clowns (Jennings and McMillan) can’t play.

    Aaron Rodgers covered up a lot of warts on that defense.

    All this talk about GB running the table if Rodgers returns is a joke. They built a 5-2 record against awful QBs.

    Down the stretch that now-porous GB defense will see Stafford, Roethlisberger and Romo –all quarterbacks fighting for their playoff lives.

    If Rodgers returns, he will need to put up 40 points a game to cover for that defense.

  13. obsessedvikingfan says: Nov 26, 2013 10:28 AM

    2 years in a row the Packers couldn’t sweep a regular season series against a Vikings team all of their fans say they are 100 times better than.

  14. gpack22 says: Nov 26, 2013 10:32 AM

    Sorry Dom but your zone has to go or your position coaches need to go. One or the other cannot teach basic tackling or communication skills. Breakdowns in each area are what kills this team weekly. Let them play man and find the weakest link so they can be removed from the field. Too many times someone is running wide open and not sure if the CB or any or our completely inadequate safeties are lost.

  15. stellarperformance says: Nov 26, 2013 10:34 AM

    contra74 says:
    Nov 26, 2013 10:02 AM
    This sorry team came from behind to tie a 2-8 team in OT and their delusional fanbase is chanting Super Bowl!
    ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////

    At least we’re not hoping to lose for draft purposes, which, as a fan, is as pathetic and tragic as it gets. And at least we CAN chant for the chance to be in the SuperBowl.

    As I have stated before, we have more history in our memories than you have in your dreams. Do you know why? Because we never give up and never admit defeat. That is what makes our fan bases different from each other. That’s the difference between winners and losers.

    You’re welcome.

  16. 6kingswest says: Nov 26, 2013 10:36 AM

    Translation: Our run defense was dominated by the Vikings! I wonder how McCarthy and Capers will explain away Stafford putting up 300+ in a humiliating loss to the Lions this Thursday?

  17. stellarperformance says: Nov 26, 2013 10:37 AM

    Capers D has gotten progressively worse (predictable) every season and at every venue he has ever worked. I am a Packer fan but I am not a Capers fan. Bring in Lovie.

  18. trollsetter says: Nov 26, 2013 10:45 AM

    “Great job Dom, you consistently field the worst, most predictable defense in the league. Hell, even the Vikings put up big numbers and they haven’t had a quarterback since Favre.”

  19. GenXJay says: Nov 26, 2013 10:48 AM

    Opponents respecting gb’s offensive passing game will totally make cheese bays D better…makes no sense what’s so ever. Stay down ShAaron.

  20. tokyosandblaster says: Nov 26, 2013 10:48 AM

    In other news, a tie was ok for the Packers, as they’re half a game back. A tie was absolutely the worst thing that could have happened for the vikings. It did nothing for their morale (playing to a tie against a 4th string QB? Laughable), and it may have hindered their hopes of getting a franchise QB.

    Oh, and to those silly people saying that the vikes are a franchise qb away from being dominant, your defense is worse than the Packers’ defense, and Adrian Peterson only has one or two years left in the tank, tops.

    Let’s be reasonable here.

  21. almighty1 says: Nov 26, 2013 10:48 AM

    Capers scheme, injuries, and bad draft picks on D for the past couple of years = sucky. You can trust me. I’m a math genius.

  22. obsessedvikingfan says: Nov 26, 2013 10:50 AM

    As I have stated before, we have more history in our memories than you have in your dreams

    That makes no sense at all. History is behind you, dreams are in the present. So of course you have more history in your memories. That is the definition of memories. HISTORY.

    But this is coming from a Packer fan. So to them, they think it sounds smart.

  23. packerblitz says: Nov 26, 2013 10:50 AM

    I haven’t been huge on Dom either, but I wanna give the guy a little slack. Having no Shields and Hayward really hurts. Ted hasn’t given him a decent safety opposite Burnett, and Clay has been beat up. The biggest problem is that bum, BJ Raji. He hasn’t had 1 sack in exactly 2 YEARS. Kick him out the door and let this lazy bum rob the Vikings blind this off-season.

  24. shaggytoodle says: Nov 26, 2013 10:52 AM

    I understand where all the frustration is coming from especially with two bad showings in the post season.

    Maybe instead of bashing the Packers give the Vikings a little bit of credit the one thing they can do well is run the ball.

    It also doesn’t help with bad QB play… They all ready spent more time then normal out on the field with 3 and outs left and right, then they are extremely late in an OT game. That doesn’t happen very often.

    The game against Philly… Foles’ two TDs were lucky plays with pour thrown balls. They have shown good run defense at times this year… I think they miss Woodson’s leadership in the secondary quite a bit though

  25. toybkshr says: Nov 26, 2013 11:01 AM

    I think you are seeing the reason Belichick didn’t try to keep him in NE.

  26. linemanguy74 says: Nov 26, 2013 11:05 AM

    Can Lovie tackle??

  27. jimmysee says: Nov 26, 2013 11:10 AM

    contra74 says:
    Nov 26, 2013 10:02 AM

    This sorry team came from behind to tie a 2-8 team in OT and their delusional fanbase is chanting Super Bowl! Oh how bad things have gotten in Green Bay.

    ———————————————————

    Time to take off that tin foil hat and stop hearing those voices.

    No one in Green Bay is chanting Super Bowl.

  28. realfootballfan says: Nov 26, 2013 11:11 AM

    Look at Capers and Monte Kiffin, and you can see this league can pass you by in an instant.

  29. pjrhc says: Nov 26, 2013 11:16 AM

    4sacroc got it right.
    We’re soft at middle linebacker and lost at safety. I thought our defensive line was better; maybe it’s Capers’ exotic weird schemes that keep our best guys from being out there together.

  30. emoney826 says: Nov 26, 2013 11:18 AM

    So if he’s saying that its not Capers fault, it can only be Ted Thompson’s fault for poor defensive drafting. It has to be one of them. I personally came to the conclusion that both are overrated. Since we lost Schneider to Seattle, our drafting has gotten progressively worse, while Seattle has drafted perfectly to get to where they’re at now. Thompson is a product of his good scouts who worked for him, and now he’s being exposed. I don’t think I believe the phrase In Ted We Trust anymore. This defense is a disgrace.

  31. shlort says: Nov 26, 2013 11:18 AM

    Offenses approach games against GB differently with Rodgers out of the line-up.

    Sounds stupid, right? Let me explain.

    When opposing Offenses know they will have to keep up with a Rodgers lead offense, they are forced to throw the ball more often. Without Rodgers, the opposing offense can game plan differently and doesn’t need to worry about scoring as many points. The Packers Defense is not set up to have a team grind the ball on them. They are set up to play with a lead.

    There is nothing wrong with the Defense in GB. It is designed to function a certain way and the players were picked for that. What needed to happen was for Capers to try to shore up some weak points and GB doesn’t have the personnel for that because they are not designed to operate that way.

  32. deflateddome says: Nov 26, 2013 11:26 AM

    Like most GMs in the NFL, if they have a true franchise quarterback, it seems many of them like to skimp at other positions. Because the play of a franchise QB, the defense is better as well.

    Time to start spending some money Ted.

  33. skittlesareyum says: Nov 26, 2013 11:33 AM

    If it’s zone coverage we have gaps so large the receiver could do a few pushups and then catch the ball before anyone starts to cover him.

    If it’s man coverage everyone plays 10 yards off and either gives up a 20 yard pass instead of a 40 yard pass (yipee) or has a miscommunication with the safety.

    It’s getting old.

  34. filthymcnasty1 says: Nov 26, 2013 11:39 AM

    Viking fans have a team that is 2-8-1, and their their lives are infected with the rancid stench of losing.

  35. trollsetter says: Nov 26, 2013 11:53 AM

    Rodgers is getting old boys. Do you think you can draft 3 consecutive franchise quarterbacks in a row? Or will Ted sprinkle in some Matty Flynns and Brian Brohms? Green Bay is just as terrible as all the other bottom feeders minus a once in a generation QB. Y’all know they’re going to get stomped my Megatron and Co.

  36. thestrategyexpert says: Nov 26, 2013 11:54 AM

    Well if the staff is so good then keep them. Just fire the GM and the HC, those are the most obvious and critically important moves to make. This tandem is destroying the franchise.

  37. dougy1970 says: Nov 26, 2013 12:10 PM

    I think the coaches have to take responsibility for the Packers quitting in the Eagles game. The Eagles ran out the final 9:40 of the game clock, If you factor out the two-minute warning and one Packer time-out this would have been an 11 minute drive. That smacks of a team quitting on their coaches, their fans, and, quite frankly themselves.

    Also, AJ Hawk needs to stop playing for the cameras and start hitting people. The only time he hits hard is when he is the third man in the tackle.

    Just my two cents as a lifelong Packer fan.

  38. 6kingswest says: Nov 26, 2013 12:30 PM

    SO MUCH ANGER FILTHY!!!!

    Where does this come from? This is entertainment…simply a game!

    I’m starting to think a Viking fan inflicted bodily harm on you or yours.

    Counseling might be worth considering!

  39. The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says: Nov 26, 2013 12:34 PM

    tokyosandblaster says:Nov 26, 2013 10:48 AM

    In other news, a tie was ok for the Packers, as they’re half a game back. A tie was absolutely the worst thing that could have happened for the vikings. It did nothing for their morale (playing to a tie against a 4th string QB? Laughable), and it may have hindered their hopes of getting a franchise QB.

    Oh, and to those silly people saying that the vikes are a franchise qb away from being dominant, your defense is worse than the Packers’ defense, and Adrian Peterson only has one or two years left in the tank, tops.

    Let’s be reasonable here.
    ______

    I really hope the Packers start winning some games soon so that tie will be the reason they don’t make the playoffs.

    The Packers proved that you can have a good team if you have a franchise quarterback and absolutely nothing else. They don’t need Adrian Peterson to win as long as they have Rodgers. A lot of teams with great quarterbacks win without Adrian Peterson. Why should the Vikings worry about losing Adrian Peterson if they have a franchise quarterback? I’d trade Peterson for a franchise quarterback in a second.

  40. bagadeez04 says: Nov 26, 2013 12:41 PM

    The injuries have been tough…hard to blame it all on Capers. But this D has been crap except in 2010…after the sason it’s time for the Packers to move on. MM should have done it last year but he’s too loyal.

  41. obsessedvikingfan says: Nov 26, 2013 12:42 PM

    2 years in a row the Packers couldn’t sweep a regular season series against a Vikings team all of their fans say they are 100 times better than.

  42. schmitty2 says: Nov 26, 2013 12:44 PM

    Dom Capers needs to go. I’d rather have Dom Perignon as a DC at this point.

  43. aa1829 says: Nov 26, 2013 12:50 PM

    MM has never said a single negative thing about any of his staff, and very little about any player. He is delusional, and thinks saying it makes it so. Proof is in the pudding. Stop making the same mistakes game after game year after year. And TT, if you don’t get that, step down. You look like a zombie, so you either are, or you are on crack.

  44. purplepunisher says: Nov 26, 2013 1:06 PM

    Translation – Packers players stink

  45. 6kingswest says: Nov 26, 2013 1:26 PM

    Give Capers credit where credit is due…he has a fine looking hairpiece!

  46. filthymcnasty1 says: Nov 26, 2013 2:18 PM

    I’ve just learned that the Packer defense has been good enough to win the season series with the hapless and tasteless Vikings for 4 years straight.

  47. qoojo says: Nov 26, 2013 2:22 PM

    MM doesn’t publicly throw anyone under the bus, and the same goes for the coaches towards the players. Everyone knew Franklin was benched for fumbles, but never a word publicly about it.

    There is absolutely nothing to be gained from saying a coach or player sucks or messed up in the middle of the season. I only causes drama, and this isn’t the Vikings or Lions.

  48. snowlock2013 says: Nov 26, 2013 3:04 PM

    @tokyosandbastard

    How can you say GB’s D is better than Vikes D… WHEN THEY JUST TIED?

    der.

  49. lombardihero says: Nov 26, 2013 7:33 PM

    Dom Capers record speaks for itself.. Sorry Mike but his schemes His coaching style is so outdated.
    ~
    The making little to no adjustments at half time are making other Coaches look good.. I love how other defenses have a linebackers cover a Running Back out of the backfield or a TE out in the flats the Packers just leave them uncovered….
    ~
    The safeties on the Packers are the worst and always look lost. When they are so confused on the field that is on the coaches and sorry Mike you losing one player is also making you look like it’s not about coaching but about how important it is to have an Aaron Rodgers…
    ~
    Capers looks like a Corps up in that warm press box. One day this team or someone higher up will realize Capers is a big part of the problem…

  50. 22much4ken says: Nov 26, 2013 8:01 PM

    McCarthy you’re an absolute idiot !!!!!!! All you have to do is look at the last 2 playoff losses and although some names and jersey numbers have changed this defense is still making the same stupid mistakes and giving the same stupid excuses. You keep sticking up for capers and you and him hopefully can work together on your next team, people say – players play and coaches coach – well I believe players only play what coaches coach – no more no less . Now wake up or it won’t be too long and you’ll be gone, stop living in the past about that Super Bowl it was a long time ago already

  51. axespray says: Nov 26, 2013 9:39 PM

    At the game – I saw that the D was where they were supposed to be… Then Brad/or AJ would run toward a pile up – only for AP to bounce away and run where they where at (and supposed to be) and pick up 10-15 yards til Morgan dragged him down.

    Johnny Jolly and Nick Perry were both huge impacts on our Run D in the 1st half of the season.

    Clay, Raji and Pickett have been the only guys we’ve had these last several games…

    Give Dom Patrick Willis and Bowman and you’ll see his schemes magically begin to work like.

  52. shavager says: Nov 28, 2013 1:09 AM

    Ted Thompson drafted 15 NEW defensive players and added at least 15 FA OR UDFA’s and Capers defense isn’t any better. That’s enough NEW players to completely REMAKE this defense TWO TIMES OVER. Either Thompon’s judgement on talent isn’t very good or Capers just ain’t getting the job done on defense–my opinion–it’s the BRAIN behind the scheme that’s not getting the job done. IF the players aren’t covering their assignments or the adjustments ain’t working–it’s still Capers responsibility for the defense to produce even if it means benching some players to get it right.

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