Mike Zimmer wanted Dom Capers for “some fresh ideas”

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The Vikings have been running the same 4-3 defense since Mike Zimmer became the head coach in 2014. In 2020, Zimmer will be expanding his horizons.

With 3-4 specialist Dom Capers arriving as a senior defensive assistant, Zimmer told reporters on Tuesday that he’s looking to “get some fresh ideas,” via Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

“Dom has been doing this for a long time and I know he’s always had really good ideas,” Zimmer said. “I just wanted a really good idea guy.”

Zimmer also cited Capers’ extensive experience. A native of Cambridge, Ohio, the 69-year-old Capers has worked at the NFL level since 1986, with only one year out of the game (2018). (He didn’t coach in 2001, but he was preparing at the time for the debut of the Texans, where he served as head coach from 2002 through 2005.)

Capers served as Green Bay’s defensive coordinator from 2009 through 2017, winning his only Super Bowl ring a decade ago with the Packers. He also won the coach of the year award in 1996, for his efforts in the second season of the Carolina Panthers.

It’s the second straight offseason for Zimmer to actively seek out better ways of doing things, as he tries to get the Vikings back to the Super Bowl for the first time since 1976.

17 responses to “Mike Zimmer wanted Dom Capers for “some fresh ideas”

  1. Too many cooks in the kitchen might be a big talking point next season with this team. Can’t fault Zim for looking for a way to improve but not sure this is it.

  2. Good luck, Coach. With 33 years in the NFL the man has seen nearly everything. Plus, his defense brought the Lombardi back to Green Bay. His issues in Green Bay weren’t entirely of his own making and I have nothing but respect for the man.

    …but really Coach…does it HAVE to be in Minne? Really, does it?

  3. Capers was predictable and ran poor Defenses for years in Greenbay with 0 changes in his approach, and you pull him in for fresh ideas? Lol good luck with that.

  4. No one said Capers was taking over. Offering a different perspective with tweaks isn’t a bad idea. I doubt Zim will deviate much, but another voice with some different ideas isn’t bad at all.

  5. cheeseisfattening says:
    February 11, 2020 at 1:51 pm

    Well he is not in charge of anything and it’s much better than, say, getting Pettine who had taken the Packer’s D backwards from capers in each of his two seasons.

    Do you ever get tired of being wrong?
    Though it’s far from a finished product, and significant improvement is still needed, Mike Pettine has improved GB’s defense dramatically.

    Most importantly he’s overseen a defense that routinely allowed points in the mid 20s (24 pts. in 2017) to an NFL’s 9th ranking of 19.6 last season.

    Improvements across the board in sacks, QB pressures, turnovers, red zone defense percentage, you know, the kind of things that are important to a defense.
    But why should we let simple facts get in the way of your usually skewed narrative.

  6. Capers ran a very complex system. When he had vets who understood what he was trying to do GB had a top 10 defense under him.

    When the defense was full of young, UDFAs they would have complete breakdowns and give up chunk plays by the dozen. Capers ended up being a bad fit with Ted Thompson.

    Capers would be a good fit with a GM who likes veteran players with experience. With MN’s looming cap woes and soon to be cap casualties, I think he’s going to be a bad fit in MN. But he’s only a consultant so how much can he wreck?

    That team isn’t going anywhere for a while until they get the cap straightened out and get rid of the Cousins albatross.

  7. “Green Bay Packers’ Defense Has Gone Backwards Under Coordinator Mike Pettine”

    “Green Bay brought Mike Pettine in to replace Capers, and in the two years since, the Packers have gone backwards in every major statistical category.”

    Now run along and change your name and disagree further with yet another dopey stat.

  8. lavenderlarrylosers says:
    February 11, 2020 at 11:24 am
    And once again the Barneys are back to picking through the Lambeau dumpster. SKOLOL!

    And the Packers just hired the defensive backs coach the Vikings fired…and gave him the same job he had in Minnesota…enjoy your Vikings scraps…

  9. Capers hasn’t had a fresh idea since 1996 and the Vikings have been to a Super Bowl since the 1970’s so while I applaud Zimmer for looking outside the box, I just didn’t expect that box to be the one that holds the cat litter. The defense has fallen from its peak two years ago and with all the staters getting a year older and losing a number of defensive players to a tight salary cap (thanks again Cousins), I’m not sure if Capers has any fresh ideas on how to rescue this mess. Sort of like being the Recreational Director on the Titanic.

  10. Pettine did a great job getting a mediocre squad into a Top Ten scoring defense. If somebody wants to believe a three-month old article about the Packer defense is relevant, go for it. All I know is;


    In the meantime, Viking trolls are defrosting crow for regular meals following the Capers hiring.

    Bon Appetit’

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