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Dom Capers, AP photo

Green Bay Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers.

Green Bay Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers is not expected to return next season, league sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Details are in this ESPN story.

Capers, 67, has been in charge of the Packers defense since 2009.

After the Packers’ 35-11 loss to the Detroit Lions on Sunday, coach Mike McCarthy would not address any questions about Capers’ future.

“Let me say this, I’ll answer questions about Packers vs. the Lions today, OK?” McCarthy said. “I get where we’re at this point of the season. I haven’t been in this position for a number of years, but I’m here to answer questions about the game, so let’s not waste each other’s time.”

In this Wisconsin State Journal story last week, Capers said he was focused on Sunday’s game against the Lions.

“If you get caught up in all that, then you have no chance. Because you’re talking about something you have no control over,” Capers said Thursday. “What we do have control over — and I talk with the players about this — our job is to get ready to play each week and go out and perform at a high level. I think if you talk with any of the players, one thing I’ve always believed in (has been) always focusing on the things you have control over. And if you don’t do that in this business, then I think you’re in trouble.”

This marks the first time the Packers have missed the playoffs since 2008. After the 2008 season, McCarthy fired third-year defensive coordinator Bob Sanders and hired Capers.

In Capers’ nine seasons in Green Bay, the Packers have had a top-10 defense only in his first two seasons, although the 2014 defense was one of the NFL’s best in the second half that season.

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(4) comments

El Duderino

McCarthy & Capers should've both been fired after the '11 season when the 15-1 Packers had home field locked-up throughout the playoffs only to face plant at home against the NY. 6 seasons, and a far less talented roster, later Rodgers is 34 years old now. This is on Murphy and their board of directors.


McCarthy’s starting the purge to save his own neck. It’s about time Mark Murphy grows a set and dismisses Thompson and McCarthy. Rodgers have made these two look good for too long without help. Without Rodgers, changes would have been made long ago.

Rick Czeczok

Totally agree. The problem is the people at the very top. By the looks of the stands during thegame the NFL may put pressure on them after this season and all the trouble the NFL has had.



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