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Mike McCarthy trusts his process, and Dom Capers

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Packers coach Mike McCarthy has proven he’s willing to stick with the people he trusts.

It worked before in the case of kicker Mason Crosby, and now he’s applying the same principle to defensive coordinator Dom Capers.

Just as he was willing to ride out Crosby’s 2012 slump and has been rewarded with four straight seasons of dependable kicking, McCarthy’s hoping the Packers bounce back quickly after ranking 31st in the league in pass defense last year. That means the 66-year-old Capers is coming back, despite mounting criticism.

“Well, going back to the Mason Crosby comment, and obviously applying that to the question about Dom, I think it’s important to recognize, as far answering your question about it being easy to make that change, it would give everybody a breath of fresh air,” McCarthy told ESPN Milwaukee’s Wilde and Tausch show. “I think all of us in life have always gone through experiences in our past that you may have quit on something just to get that fresh, new start, and it feels good but in hindsight it was not the best thing for you. I know I have personally. So I’ve always held true to that in my decision-making process.”

Of course, the performance of the Packers defense last year, and their secondary in particular, can easily be traced to the injuries that piled up in spots. So the Packers used their first four draft picks on that side of the ball, going secondary with their first two (cornerback Kevin King and safety Josh Jones).

“I think it’s impossible to win without a process,” McCarthy said. “We’re not throwing money into a hat and trying to buy a lottery ticket here. You have to go through the process and the steps to get things right. And it’s no different with our defense. Will we be better than last year? Last year is a comparable. But the reality of who we play, when we play them, how we play them, who’s healthy and so forth, I mean, you never make excuses for the health of your football team, but it’s a pretty important variable in being successful.”

And that bought Capers another year, which McCarthy hopes turns out as well as it did with his kicker.

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62 Responses to “Mike McCarthy trusts his process, and Dom Capers”
  1. gophersnot says: May 19, 2017 7:21 AM

    Man, his belly is hanging way out there.

  2. exinsidetrader says: May 19, 2017 8:01 AM

    Most talented QB, arguably ever, and only one SuperBowl to show for it. Sad.

  3. hbudgess says: May 19, 2017 8:08 AM

    I would says he’s done pretty good, especially when you have one of the b e st QB in football.. Ted Thompson, not so good. From
    A vikes fan.

  4. Carl Gerbschmidt says: May 19, 2017 8:11 AM

    By far, the best coach in the league.

  5. 400marios says: May 19, 2017 8:14 AM

    Difference between Crosby and Capers is that Crosby fixed whatever he was doing wrong and got better.

  6. whatjusthapped says: May 19, 2017 8:28 AM

    Bring on the Viking trolls with the donut, Golden Corral, and fat shaming jokes but clearly something is working when you defeat your opponent 11 out of the last 14 attempts.

    Dom Capers runs a complex defensive scheme and the constant reliance on youth plays only a small factor in the stats. Clearly, most of the lacking performance belongs squarely to Ted Thompson whose draft choices on that side of the ball haven’t panned out. But what do you expect McCarthy to say, he can’t throw his GM under the bus.

  7. gb15class says: May 19, 2017 8:32 AM

    Other than the New England operation, it’s factually hard to argue with McCarthy’s record of success. Yes, he has a top quarterback, but he also has worked nearly every year with one of the youngest rosters in the league–based on Thompson’s philosophy. He knows Capers had virtually no starting-caliber cornerbacks after Shields went down. Capers needs to lead a better performance this year. Their defensive talent looks average, so about a 15th place defensive showing should be expected.

  8. emoney826 says: May 19, 2017 8:44 AM

    He’s a broken record every year. Capers’ defenses never get any better. Everyone blames it on the players he has but why isn’t he ever held responsible for where he’s putting these players? He should be a good enough coach to make them better but there’s never any improvement.

  9. fngs1 says: May 19, 2017 8:53 AM

    I hope Capers have a good year, but I think MM is pushing his luck with bringing back Capers. I personally think Capers should of been replaced a year ago. Just my opinion.

  10. symxfan says: May 19, 2017 8:58 AM

    I trust the process to get us into the playoffs, and then I trust the Capers led defense will get us bounced.

  11. GenXJ says: May 19, 2017 9:13 AM

    The editors cut the following big mike interview statement:
    “Also, let’s not forget – let’s NOT forget, Dude – that keeping wildlife, an amphibious rodent, for uh, domestic, you know, within the city – that aint legal either.”

  12. The Almighty Cabbage says: May 19, 2017 9:18 AM

    ibtp- I wouldn’t trade Mike McCarthy/Ted Thompson for anyone… except for Bill Belichick.

  13. mikeinminny says: May 19, 2017 9:22 AM

    As a Vikings fan this is hard to say but giving credit where it is due…that logic is a breath of fresh air in today’s “give it to me now” society.

  14. vicnocal says: May 19, 2017 9:39 AM

    It’s funny how that perenially horrible Packers defense always manages to shut down my terrible Bears.

  15. aa1829 says: May 19, 2017 9:40 AM

    Show me the money Dom, and by the way, when your shooting the bull with your boss, tell him not to run between the tackles on first down so much.

  16. kickinpuppies says: May 19, 2017 9:46 AM

    When the defense is the problem year after year, it seems time for some “fresh air”. I get the loyalty and trusting the process, but the defense continues to get torched. Mediocre qbs have career games against Capers scheme. Enough is enough.

  17. mikeinminny says: May 19, 2017 9:51 AM

    Carl Gerbschmidt says:
    May 19, 2017 8:11 AM

    By far, the best coach in the league.
    __________________________________
    Man, you say Viking’s fans are delusional….that is beyond green colored glasses…even McCarthy would concede that argument to the guy up in New England

  18. cheeseisfattening says: May 19, 2017 9:51 AM

    I am soooooo glad to hear the Packesr are keeping Capers, at least for another year! Thank you coach Mike!

  19. cheeseisfattening says: May 19, 2017 9:53 AM

    By far, the best coach in the league.
    ————
    But up close, not so much.

  20. conormacleod says: May 19, 2017 10:03 AM

    whatjusthapped says:
    May 19, 2017 8:28 AM
    Bring on the Viking trolls with the donut, Golden Corral, and fat shaming jokes but clearly something is working when you defeat your opponent 11 out of the last 14 attempts.
    ——————
    Actually, it appears people just want to talk football today. Well, except for you. I also wasn’t aware that just beating the Vikings was your goal. Seems weird.

    Your team has one of the best QB’s in the history of the NFL. And his one SB win was when they went 9-7 and had a hot streak in the postseason. 7 years ago. 7 years ago!! This isn’t like Crosby, who had one down year. If the problem isn’t the defense, or the defensive coach, then what is the problem?

    If you choose to answer, try and focus on the present article and not your infatuation with other teams in the division.

  21. scrp2 says: May 19, 2017 10:04 AM

    McCarthy’s willing to ride out Capers’ 9 year slump.

  22. conormacleod says: May 19, 2017 10:05 AM

    I see quite a few excuses, not only from McCarthy, but from the fan base as well. For a group of people that proclaim you can never blame injuries, they sure do bring it up a lot.

  23. tritz32 says: May 19, 2017 10:14 AM

    How in the World is this guy trying to equate Crosby having one down year to Dom and that D giving up 35+ year after year in the playoffs?Dom (and in turn Mike for refusing to fire him) is the sole reason they have been to exactly 1 SB with 12 years of HOF and MVP level QB play.

  24. The Phantom Stranger says: May 19, 2017 10:23 AM

    Carl Gerbschmidt says:
    May 19, 2017 8:11 AM

    By far, the best coach in the league.
    _______

    Darn autocorrect! I’m sure you meant “fattest.”

  25. dawoger says: May 19, 2017 10:28 AM

    In spite of A-Rod winning a SB there seems to be much concern by the A-Rod adoring skoltrolls wondering how their idol A-Rod could be wasting away in GB. So to be fair it’s only right that we take a look at a number of barneys that truly did chuck their football lives away into the barney’s historically smelly dumpster.

    Chris Carter, Chris Doleman, Carl Eller, Paul Krause, Alan Page, John Randle, Fran Tarkenton, Mick Tinglehoff, Ron Yary, Gary Zimmerman and more recently AP.

    I’ll guarantee you everyone of them would trade their HOF careers for a Lombardi.

  26. jermainewiggins says: May 19, 2017 10:29 AM

    whatjusthapped says:
    May 19, 2017 8:28 AM
    Bring on the Viking trolls with the donut, Golden Corral, and fat shaming jokes but clearly something is working when you defeat your opponent 11 out of the last 14 attempts.
    Lol immediately target vikings trolls when it’s the packers fans that are the one calling for capers to be canned.
    Sure, gb had dominance when we had ponder and tjack but the last 2 years we have split. gb has had arguably the most talented qb ever and only have 1 sb that was 7 years ago.

  27. jermainewiggins says: May 19, 2017 10:29 AM

    whatjusthapped says:
    May 19, 2017 8:28 AM
    Bring on the Viking trolls with the donut, Golden Corral, and fat shaming jokes but clearly something is working when you defeat your opponent 11 out of the last 14 attempts.
    Lol immediately target vikings trolls when it’s the packers fans that are the one calling for capers to be canned.
    Sure, gb had dominance when we had ponder and tjack but the last 2 years we have split. gb has had arguably the most talented qb ever and only have 1 sb that was 7 years ago.

  28. jermainewiggins says: May 19, 2017 10:36 AM

    tritz32 says:
    May 19, 2017 10:14 AM
    How in the World is this guy trying to equate Crosby having one down year to Dom and that D giving up 35+ year after year in the playoffs?Dom (and in turn Mike for refusing to fire him) is the sole reason they have been to exactly 1 SB with 12 years of HOF and MVP level QB play.

    Favre into rodgers… If gb didnt.have that D in 97 there is a good chance they dont win it all, if desean jackson doesnt give us miracle in the meadowlands, gb doesnt advance to playoffs in ’10… Just sayin

  29. electricboogalo says: May 19, 2017 10:37 AM

    I miss Charles Woodson.

  30. tjacks7 says: May 19, 2017 10:38 AM

    What a mess. Ted wastes first round pick after first round pick on defensive busts. Dom is probably the worst defensive coordinator in the league. And Mike isn’t smart enough to do anything about it. Looks like the perennial pretenders will be wasting another year of HOF QB play. Sad.

  31. aarons444 says: May 19, 2017 10:39 AM

    Trust your process.

    McCarthy’s process;

    Winning 10+ regular season games, CHOKING MONUMENTALLY in January.

    BOTH Capers and McCarthy should be out the door.

    Can’t stand this clown.

  32. aarons444 says: May 19, 2017 10:41 AM

    How in the World is this guy trying to equate Crosby having one down year to Dom and that D giving up 35+ year after year in the playoffs?
    ===

    Beacuse Packer fans won’t give him cr@p for it as they would in Chicago, NY, Dallas…..

  33. aarons444 says: May 19, 2017 10:48 AM

    Other than the New England operation, it’s factually hard to argue with McCarthy’s record of success.
    ===

    It’s quite easy, actually.

    He has the best QB in the League, and an offense that is usually top 5. His defense is usually bottom 1/3 and its cost him Championships.

    He cut his teeth under Marty Schottenheimer, and aside from 2 magical months in 2010, basically he’s defining Marty Ball for a new generation.

  34. stellarperformance says: May 19, 2017 10:48 AM

    gophersnot says:
    May 19, 2017 7:21 AM
    Man, his belly is hanging way out there.
    ////////////////////////////

    Fat shaming? Really?

    “When debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser.”

  35. petersjeffrey36 says: May 19, 2017 10:57 AM

    Capers isn’t a horrible coach, but his defense is overly complex and refuses to simplify it .. thing is that makes it really hard for young guys to come in, and since the packers CBs can stay healthy thats a pretty big issue.. he needs to adjust to his players strengths and skill level

  36. usedjock says: May 19, 2017 11:11 AM

    aarons444 says:
    May 19, 2017 10:39 AM

    Trust your process.

    McCarthy’s process;

    Winning 10+ regular season games, CHOKING MONUMENTALLY in January.

    BOTH Capers and McCarthy should be out the door.

    Can’t stand this clown.

    As a Packers fan I agree about Capers but not McCarthy. McCarthy’s offense is almost always very good and you can see that he is a heck of a HC and he kept that team together last year.

    Now as for Capers? well there is one common theme for the Packers in the playoffs and that is the defense letting the team down year after year and for that he should have been let go a while ago.

  37. dezertdawg says: May 19, 2017 11:13 AM

    stellarperformance says:
    May 19, 2017 10:48 AM
    gophersnot says:
    May 19, 2017 7:21 AM
    Man, his belly is hanging way out there.
    ////////////////////////////

    Fat shaming? Really?

    “When debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser.”

    ————————————————————
    It’s not slander if it’s true.

  38. stellarperformance says: May 19, 2017 11:14 AM

    jermainewiggins says:
    May 19, 2017 10:36 AM
    If gb didnt.have that D in 97 there is a good chance they dont win it all, if desean jackson doesnt give us miracle in the meadowlands, gb doesnt advance to playoffs in ’10… Just sayin
    /////////////////////////////////

    If my aunt had balls, she’d be my uncle. Just sayin’.

  39. filthymcnasty3 says: May 19, 2017 11:18 AM

    I’ve always loved the way the light glistens off the reflective surface of the Lombardi trophy, and how it seems to dance within the diamond encrusted exterior of a Superbowl ring.

    So nice.

  40. jtgush says: May 19, 2017 11:25 AM

    Clown………Capers Suck period!

  41. mnrasslinggovjesse says: May 19, 2017 11:26 AM

    I knew there’d be at least one comment from a troll thanking GB for keeping their coaches – as if they’ve been at the bottom of the division for years instead of on top.

  42. dawoger says: May 19, 2017 11:28 AM

    All these skoltrolls with their frantic multi-posts. They must not be worried about saving their breath and having enough to blow up their Tyron dolls later.

  43. stellarperformance says: May 19, 2017 11:42 AM

    dezertdawg says:
    May 19, 2017 11:13 AM
    It’s not slander if it’s true.
    ////////////////////////////////////

    Spoken like a true loser.

  44. Deplorable Ernie says: May 19, 2017 12:06 PM

    Mental Mike as I call him, cant call plays, manage the clock, call defenses and manage red flags. He just aint that smart. He needed and great Offensive Coach and refuses to give that job up.

    His offensive scheme is better know by defensive backs on other teams than his own. His guys do not run pass routes but run to an area on the field and turn. Ya very creative dumb ass

  45. TheVikingsHaveHowManySBTrophys? says: May 19, 2017 12:07 PM

    To the Viking fans who loathe the opportunity to troll Packer stories……………,
    “MY SCREEN NAME SAYS IT ALL”.

    Now go sit in the corner with your dunce hats on.

  46. lionsandvikingsandbearsohmy says: May 19, 2017 12:15 PM

    Best coaching staff in the NFL bar none.

  47. contra74 says: May 19, 2017 12:24 PM

    TheVikingsHaveHowManySBTrophys? says:
    May 19, 2017 12:07 PM
    To the Viking fans who loathe the opportunity to troll Packer stories……………,
    “MY SCREEN NAME SAYS IT ALL”.

    Now go sit in the corner with your dunce hats on.
    —–
    The packer fan who misspelled ‘trophies’ in his screen name is telling others to wear a dunce hat.

    I mean wow, these packer fans surprise me with how low they can get every single day.

    Nice work genius.

  48. The Phantom Stranger says: May 19, 2017 12:29 PM

    TheVikingsHaveHowManySBTrophys? says:
    May 19, 2017 12:07 PM

    To the Viking fans who loathe the opportunity to troll Packer stories……………,
    “MY SCREEN NAME SAYS IT ALL”.

    Now go sit in the corner with your dunce hats on.
    ________

    I don’t think you’re using the word “loathe” correctly.

  49. questionableopinion says: May 19, 2017 12:47 PM

    The Crosby comparison is just plain dumb. “Yeah, we’re just going to ride out Capers’s 5+ year slump.”

  50. bondlake says: May 19, 2017 1:01 PM

    Mark Murphy should have shown the exit sign to Ted Thompson years ago.

    But, it’s a little club over there in GB and these bozos have wasted the prime years of Rodgers’ career. W/o Rodgers the Pack would be competing with the Bears for last place in the Division.

    Sad.

  51. h0metownzero says: May 19, 2017 1:24 PM

    I think when you’re as successful as the 13 time World Championship Green Bay Packers, you don’t get pressured into panicking, or making knee jerk reactions.

  52. longtimefanh8tr says: May 19, 2017 2:13 PM

    Capers should have been fired after the 2011 season.

  53. johngaltwho says: May 19, 2017 2:23 PM

    McCarthy has earned our trust. Im not sure I would have voted to keep Capers but I am sure that Mike McCarthy knows a lot more about running a football team than I do.

    It looks like its shaping up to be another great year to be a fan of the Green Bay Packers. Go Pack Go.

  54. purpleguy says: May 19, 2017 2:52 PM

    Admittedly, MM’s a good coach, although I’ve always had my doubts about Capers — and not just because he boasts the NFL’s worst comb-over.

  55. nyneal says: May 19, 2017 3:10 PM

    fngs1 says:
    May 19, 2017 8:53 AM
    I hope Capers have a good year, but I think MM is pushing his luck with bringing back Capers. I personally think Capers should of been replaced a year ago. Just my opinion.

    ——————————————————————-

    It’s not “should of”. It’s “should have. Just saying.

  56. cheeseisfattening says: May 19, 2017 3:16 PM

    Remember when Capers was caught dozing in his coaches box DURING a Packer game a few years back?

    Thanks again for standing by your man Mike. After all he was your choice and your will certainly not be wrong about making that choice.

  57. vavikingfan says: May 19, 2017 3:21 PM

    Seems like some of the writers are really obsessed with the Vikings.

  58. crownofthehelmet says: May 19, 2017 3:21 PM

    “We’re not throwing money into a hat and trying to buy a lottery ticket here.”
    ————————————–
    Can you imagine if MM was in charge of the office pool to buy lottery tickets.
    “Hey Mike, did we win this time.”
    “No, sorry guys, lost again”, as he’s wiping Big Mac sauce from his chin.

  59. Rolo Tomassi says: May 19, 2017 3:45 PM

    Who responds to comments more than Packers fans???

  60. stellarperformance says: May 19, 2017 6:22 PM

    Rolo Tomassi says:
    May 19, 2017 3:45 PM
    Who responds to comments more than Packers fans???
    ////////////////////////////////

    On Packer-related storylines? Why, Viking trolls, of course. No brainer.

  61. Wisconsin's Favorite Son Jeffrey Be Dahmed says: May 19, 2017 7:44 PM

    It would be hard to get anyone else to come to Green Bay. So, we’re stuck with Capers.

  62. cornerblitz says: May 22, 2017 9:59 PM

    exinsidetrader says:
    May 19, 2017 8:01 AM

    Most talented QB, arguably ever, and only one SuperBowl to show for it. Sad.

    ++++++++++++++++++++

    I still think Dan Marino, and it wasn’t even during the Salary Cap era. How man Superbowls? This is a hard league to win in, and don’t forget it’s a team sport.

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