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Mike McCarthy asked if Dom Capers will be retained

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on January 8, 2014 – 11:14 am


GREEN BAY–Mike McCarthy was asked directly if Dom Capers will be retained as the Packers’ defensive coordinator in 2014.

“I’m not looking to make big changes. I think Dom Capers is an outstanding football coach and I’m glad he’s on our staff,” McCarthy said on Wednesday during his season-ending press conference.

“Very challenging season for us. We have a lot of work to do. We’re in day three of our evaluation process. We’ll do everything we need to do as we push forward to next season,” McCarthy added.

“I was really impressed with our young players, just the way they’ve grown. It gives us a chance to get better and we will get better.”

Click here for packers.com’s full report from McCarthy’s season-ending press conference.

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296 Responses to “Mike McCarthy asked if Dom Capers will be retained”

  1. By darkplague2863 on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    Not exactly what I was hoping to hear.

  2. By Phil Z on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    We’d be fools not to keep him, I have faith in Capers abilities with this team.

  3. By Brian from Lenexa, KS on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    Dom Capers needs to go. More of the “old school” Packer Defense status quo will not due for next season. 3 man rush, DBs soft coverage, etc. needs to be replaced and improved!

    Time for a change to a new more modern defensive coordinator. 2014 is an opportunity for a fresh start with taking a hard look at both the defensive coaching staff and players. An upgrade in both is needed!

  4. By Cory on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    I’m sorry, but Dom Capers has had three seasons now to straighten his defense out, and he’s not doing it. Every off-season, the Dom Capers apologists come out and think of some excuse for him.

    2011 – “What’s going on? It must be because Nick Collins and Cullen Jenkins left. It messed everything up.”

    2012 – “Well, they were caught off guard by the read option.”

    2013 – “There were tons of injuries!!!” That explains why Colin Kaepernick torched the defense for over 400 yards in game one?

    There needs to be a change. Look at the Saints for instance. They had a terrible defense last season, and this year, Buddy Ryan came in and now they have a top 10 defense.

  5. By MIKE K. on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply


  6. By Roger K on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    Was really hoping for for some coaching changes. having to continously count on the offense to win games is not the team concept. We need more defense and it starts with the coaches

  7. By T Thompson on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    Not a good enough answer, McMeathead. Mediocrity is contagious.

  8. By Mr. Magoo on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    uh oh Steve and Pack1 are going to cry all off season “Fire Capers”. I love that MM stands up for his guys and takes the blame. Pack fans don’t get sucked in to the negativity, never to high never to low.

  9. By MattF on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    I don’t think Capers is the problem. I think the biggest problem with this team is all the injuries they seem to keep having every year. What the heck is going on there?

    It is also sad the Packers “owner” if you will (I know publicly owned) doesn’t feel the need to make trades or spend money for players when all these injuries occur and knowing they will be out long term.

  10. By DeLorean St. Laurent on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    Keep Dom.
    He’s definitely had his issues but over all, he’s done a great job, especially when you consider the injuries he’s had to deal with to his defensive corps over the last 3 or 4 years.

  11. By Cory on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    Mike K. what is your explanation for the terrible defense in 2011 and 2012? Sure, they were ranked 11th last year, but that doesn’t mean squat considering they were torch for over 500 yards in the post season.

    He needs to go. Quit thinking of excuses for him.

  12. By Mr. Magoo on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    Saints had no head coach and they couldn’t run Ryan out of Dallas fast enough

  13. By Edward on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    Dom Capers can not be blamed for the lack of ability of some players, he is a very good coach and teacher and I think personally he should be retained, but he should also give way to new idea’s presented to him.

  14. By Terry on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    I’m sick and tired of the “We will get better” and “Our young guys battled responses. Its time for Dom or Ted Thompson because if its not Dom’s fault then it’s personnel. And thats Ted. He speaks about accountability then practice what you preach. Our defense has been horrible for a long time, being young has nothing to do with it, other teams have young players that excell. If there is no change, this is what we will get. If we dont score over 30 pts we lose… UNACCEPTABLE

  15. By Greg on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    Bring Back Farve :)

  16. By Wheeler on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    No surprise here but TT needs to bring in some veteran help and leadership on DEF. and not “garage sale” free agents either.

  17. By Lori on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    I know there were injuries but why so many….especially year after year. Maybe a change would help couldn’t hurt thats for sure

  18. By Ray Echtner on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    When my 6 year old daughter can point out weakness in the defense…you know there’s a problem…

  19. By Richard on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    Given the performance of the defense this past sunday, the Defense KEP THE PACKERS IN IT ! It could have easily been the Forty Niners by a much bigger score. credit goes to capers and his staff.What the packers need are more players on Defense, especially DEFENSIVE BACKS, and some HEALTHY BODIES, AS WELL AS DEPTH !!!!!! I am glad McCarthy is keeping capers. WE NEED A BIG DRAFT, if we are to return to the SB !!!!!!!!!!

  20. By Ralph Ossmann on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    A strong offence — can’t make up for such a weak defense —-Rodgers is not a one man show.

  21. By chef mike on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    Dom Capers is brilliant. Continuity is rare in the NFL, need stay the course in spite of key injuries this past season.

  22. By Russ on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    It’s not Capers that needs to be looked at, it is the strength and conditioning coaches. While many injuries are unavoidable, the teams of late seem to be fragile. If we could avoid being one of the most injured teams out there, we would also be one of the top teams out there. Just my $.02

  23. By axespray on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    Dom’s schemes are the same ones the Niners use.
    Get the guy some players – have some better luck with Injuries – then pretend you had his back during the tough times… or just continue to be annoying/whiny ignorant spoiled fans.

  24. By Jeff Orheim on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    This argument could go back to the old question of players vs. system. I think we have very capable talent, but the system needs to be learned. All we ever hear about is the offense in offseason OTA’s, I’m sure the defensive players and staff are working just as hard. It’ll pay off sooner than later.

  25. By Green Tide on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    Seems like they are not even considering to make an evaluation of that position. Too bad. Yeah we had injuries but that doesn’t explain the D flopping for the past three years. People know these schemes and how to beat them.

  26. By Alex Mora on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    Dom Capers is a great coach. They need a good safety as it was Nick Collins.

  27. By Bruce on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    Capers has to go! Three years in a row knocked out of the playoffs by two teams. The Giants & the 49ers!

  28. By Todd on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    Just being able to outscore an opponent is not a good defensive plan.

  29. By Steve on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    Wow, Capers defense had one decent game against the 49ers , and people want to keep him. What a joke.

  30. By Phil on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    “There needs to be a change. Look at the Saints for instance. They had a terrible defense last season, and this year, Buddy Ryan came in and now they have a top 10 defense.” Rob Ryan Buddy’s son is the coordinator. Buddy hasn’t coached since the early 90’s if memory serves me correctly. Interesting thought on the Packer’s dilema as far as Capers goes though. When will Kevin Greene be ready to make the jump to coordinator?

  31. By Brandon E on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    Lol he said “Buddy Ryan”

  32. By PackFan on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    We need a SAFETY, Fast inside Linebacker, another top outside Linebacker and Defensive tackle.

    We never Replaced Nick Collins and BJ Raji is a Joke. Brad Jones is just too slow and out of position. Nick Perry and Mike Neal are just not the answers.

    The scheme is just fine……..Ted might have to go to free agency for this one or we are going to waste the Best QB in the league!

  33. By Larry Kaiser on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    I would like to see what he can do with less injuries and better and more mature players on his defense.

  34. By Jay on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    I think the training staff should be in more danger than Capers. Keep these players healthy! Tired of hamstring and groin injuries keeping players sidelined. We have more of these issues than every other team in the NFL, WHAT GIVES?

  35. By Cory on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    Laugh at Buddy Ryan, but his defense looks a lot better than Dom Capers’s joke of a defense. 2014 – another one and done year in the playoffs. Sigh.

  36. By Bobby on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    There is no reason why we should keep capers. Bottom line is that our defense has been TRASH the past few years. Why on earth would we keep him? Someone explain that to me. We get torched almost every game. We have the best qb in the league and it didnt take until this year to realize that our defense is just flAt out AWFUL. The mans gotta go. There is no excuse at all to keep him.

  37. By Josh on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    I like Capers but this only playing Man coverage is killing us! especially with no penetration from the D line. Somethings gotta change. Not sure if its a coaching change or better play calling on D but something

  38. By Joe T on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    Time for a change on defense and Capers needs to go! We need to change to a 4-3 defense. We need defensive lineman that are in shape and quicker.

  39. By sally on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    Packers defense is too small, too slow and too inexperienced and light. although they did a great job against the 49ers. The Packers offense was the problem on Sunday. their play calling and plays suck. McCarthy needs to go not Capers. !!

  40. By Terry on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    In addition, those of you who blame the injuries for our defensive struggles. Look at game 1 vs Niners with a whole off season to analyze the read option. Result? Torched for over 400 yards and a Loss. Get real people, change is needed, just like underwear.

  41. By john Schwebke on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    1) Capers has to go and we have a GREAT linebacker coach..

    2) we need an offensive coordinator other than McCarthy. EVERY game we start the same way and there is no using of talents of the players to move the ball.

    3) no off coordinator then McCarthy needs to go and TED too.

    4) We need to pick up vets for line and subs. This new guy stuff is not working look at injuries of the “new guys”

    5) BUSH should be cut TODAY!!

  42. By robert baresse on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    2 blitzes a game. Very basic ones. Uncreative ones at that. 3 & 4 man rushes most of the time. We need an Attacking swarming blitzing ..11 men to the ball. This defense we have sux. Always playin catch. Sitting back waiting. To Conservative. Need a Big Change.

  43. By PackFan on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    Joe T – What are you going to do with Clay Matthews in a 4-3?

  44. By Bob Vliwetstra on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    look at the Lions-7 coaches in 14 years. Some of them went to win elseware. Capers proved he can Coach! let him at it

  45. By Phil on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    I am disappointed in this decision. Our team didn’t cut the mustard. But new, fresh ideas is trending in the league and we are choosing to stay with old, traditional thinking…I hope we are choosing wisely! We will see next year i guess.

  46. By Wheeler on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    I would rather know(knowing MM will go down with the ship b4 firing DC)why MM never tries Lacy and Starks in the same backfield. Could be the second coming of Taylor and Hornung. The upside of this is endless.

  47. By Scott on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    It’s a matter of scheme coupled with the right personnel. Capers’ scheme is based off of multiple blitzing options from the linebacker corps to create pressure and opportunities for the secondary. We only have two decent linebackers in Matthews and Hawk. Converting the college 4-3 DE into a 3-4 OLB hasn’t worked at all. Aaron Kampman was an amazing 4-3 DE and a less than mediocre 3-4 OLB. Perry and Neal were flops in the transition. TT’s tendency to avoid the big names or even well-known names in free agency mean that we’re getting that backfill from the draft. It’s time to draft 3-4 OLBs that have been in 3-4 systems.

    Also the safety play has been atrocious. Burnett is a natural SS, not a FS. Collins’ loss has impacted the Packers secondary tremendously. We need to either spend the money we’ll save from not signing Raji and Finley to get a Jarius Byrd / TJ Ward type or spend our 1st round pick on a FS.

  48. By Greg on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    why Packers keep low rank defense for many years ?? not even get better ???


  49. By Pat Carter on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    Really? He’s an “outstanding” coach? How long has it been since we’ve had a decent defense? The days of Reggie White?

  50. By chris on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    i dont understand. We have lost every playoff game since we won the superbowl due to our defense. not just because of this years injuries. It has been consistant. and we have been blown out against the giants and 49ers

  51. By tiago on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    Dom Capers is largely to blame for our failures, have you ever seen a defense yielding many points as Green Bay gives?? It’s a shame as coordinator ….! We want to renewal in defense for 2014 or suffer again as one of the worst defenses in the league!

  52. By tiago on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    Dom Capers out immediately!

  53. By rick on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    Fire capers and promote Kevin Greene..

  54. By Richard on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    Hey where is Capers by the way..Oh, he is in the coaches box sleeping while the team is on the field.. Sleeping Coordinator..Get rid of him ASAP!!

  55. By Randy on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    Sorry can’t blame Dom… not this season anyway. I hate the injury excuse, but when it’s to the extent it was this season, I can’t pin it all on him. There are too many contributing factors to this defense. Ted needs to share some of the blame for this defense’s inadequacies, not drafting with the 3-4 defense in mind, trying to turn too many out of position players into linebackers, & most importantly not going out & getting a veteran leader for the defense. Since the re-birth of the Pack, we’ve had a standout veteran who could lead the defense on the field, for instance Woodson, now, who’s the veteran leader? There isn’t one, & Ted needs to find him. I like what he’s done, but his stubbornness in free agent signings is his downfall. Briggs is out there, & I’m not saying break the bank for him, but there are plenty of good veterans out there that can be had with Ted’s miser mentality.

  56. By joyce on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    something has to be done i am sick of listening every Monday about what we should have done
    get that defense going,they need to do their job its terrible
    i am a Packer fan from way back, and am just sick of seeing g the injuries every week and is always the best players.
    come on Green and gold lets show those other guys another year

  57. By Kevin on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    If not Dom, then who?

  58. By EddyLaceEmUp on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    If all you people are crying for him to be fired, you trying being in his position working with back-ups to the back-ups while playing a championship contender! I doubt that you could hold SF to 23 pts! He knows what he’s doing. Sheesh

  59. By joe on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    Fire Capers, bring in somebody else….maybe Wade Phillips? Capers has had multiple high round draft picks to plug into that defense and has failed misserably. The packers defense has been a bottom of the barrel team for the past 5 years, yes including their win in 2010 super bowl. CAPERS OUT!!!!!!!!!!

  60. By David Andrew on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    Spell Favre correctly

  61. By Mike on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    Two words-Wade Phillips

  62. By Doughsellz on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    “i dont understand. We have lost every playoff game since we won the superbowl due to our defense.”

    GB won a playoff game in ’12 FYI.

    Players play, coaches coach. A failure of effort is never a coaches fault. Take away Joe Staley, Aldon Smith & Vernon Davis, now ask yourself does GB beat SF last Sunday er no? Bulaga, Matthews & Finley play last Sunday & it’s a different outcome. Sky is not falling.

  63. By chef mike on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    Ted Thompson should gamble, trade and invest in free agents, pick up players off the waiver. You can only do so much though “building through the draft”. By gamble I mean scout other teams for free agents and potential trades. We’re talking adding a few people to the scouting dept.

  64. By Nick miller on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    His schemes are outdated, I have had capers back every time someone doubted him, but enough Is enough, and it’s time for a change!!!….I like the thought of maybe giving Kevin Greene a shot….it’s ridiculous how many receivers are left WIDE open, and a successful 34 Defense is a thing of the past……STOP MAKING EXCUSES!!!!! #GoPackGo

  65. By George on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    Cory – Rob Ryan is the defensive coordinator for the Saints. Buddy is battling cancer ad has retired.

  66. By Daniel Martinez on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    Without any major changes the Packers will be a one and done team. It’s obvious that after 3 years the fans are tired of hearing the same excuses. Here are my observations:

    1. Ted Thompson needs to stop the perpetually young and cheap approach to football and bring in some veterans.

    2. Dom Capers defenses can no longer contain offenses like San Francisco, Seattle, New Orleans, Denver, and New England. The Packers need a new Defensive Coordinator who is keeping up with the changes in today’s offenses.

    3. Mike McCarthy is a good coach, but it’s obvious that when it comes down to the wire more times than not he does not call the right plays. He either needs to correct this or the Packers consider a new coach.

    4. It seems to me that Ted Thompson, Mike McCarthy, Dom Capers, and Mark Murphy are untouchable in the sense that as long as the Packers make the playoffs they’re jobs are safe. They don’t have to make any changes because they are the ones who control the team. I’d like to know why?

    I don’t think it’s outrageous for fans to ask viable questions, the problem is that Packer management won’t answer or will deflect. Why?

  67. By Tim on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    Sounds to me like he’s gone. McCarthy did not answer like a coach normally would if he had no plans to change coordinators. You have to parse his answer, but the coach did not say he’d be back and that’s what you would expect a head coach to say to that question.

  68. By DoniGB on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    Is kind of hard not to look at the possibilities of replacing Dom Campers. We need to get better on D if we want to win a SB. I Do agree how ever that GB strength and conditioning coaches need a hard look at as well. Also need to practice how to tackle properly. Soooooooo many missed tackles on both special teams and defense this year I lost count after game 1.

  69. By Hal on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    Its not just Capers that needs to go, its the 3-4 defense that hasnt worked in 4 years becaue we never have enough linebackers left at the end of the season to run a 3-4. Also you cant keep letting veteran players go and expect rookies to fill in. Letting people like Woodson, Jenkins, Wells just to name a few. Every once in a while you have to spend some money to keep vereran players.Ted Thompson needs to go as well he has had more than enough time to be more consistent with his decision making. Packer fan since 1961.

  70. By Phil Bacalzo on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    A lot of comments made here look like Dan Snyder posted them here himself.

    The Packers held the 49ers to 23 points in a playoff game with a defense held together with baling wire and duct tape. If Hyde holds on to the interception, or Bush maintains containment on Kaepernick as Capers called the defense, we wouldn’t be having this conversation.

    If the Packer offense had made just 1 more play and scored a TD on their final possession we wouldn’t be discussing Capers. Would we?

    A lot of you wannabe GMs think Kevin Greene is the answer. Your Mensa Card is in the mail.

  71. By Wayne on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    News Conference Jan 8, 2015…

    Mike McCarthy: “We got to do better” blah, blah blah. “I love our defense and we have had some challenges”. blah, blah blah. “I have full confidence in Dom Capers” blah, blah blah. “I like our young guys and it’s not our scheme” blah, blah blah. “We have to work harder” blah, blah blah. “We have to go though the evaluation process” Blah, blah blah. ” But look on the bright side, we have a chance to get better next year”! Holy…Blah, Blah Blah. “We’ll just have to move on and push forward to nest season”. Blah, blah blah, blah, blah blah, blah, blah blah!

  72. By Dave on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    Used to blame Dom but no more. We had injured players in the secondary who could not only not cover, but also could not tackle. For sure this past weekend. Ted has failed in the majority of his recent first round picks. These picks have to prove to be impact players. This drafting a college D line to be a OLB continues to fail. Efforts at drafting O-line in the first round has also been less then successful. Start drafting safety’s and corners who can man-up against big wide outs. Use FA to solve our OLB and O-line problems. Ted, Mike and the whole staff have kept this team respectable for a lot of years and in these days of salary cap that is tough to do. But we have to see the pack win it again in the next 4/6 years.

  73. By Casey on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    Dom Capers should stay. All year long our players were in the position to make plays, but those plays were not made. Missed tackles, dropped interceptions, and indiscipline killed us…not the scheme. The defense doesn’t have enough play makers. Our safeties had 0 interceptions this year. They lack instincts and ball skills. We haven’t signed a free agent on defense since Charles Woodson. I think that changes this year.

  74. By Big D on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    Hopefully this doesn’t cost McCarthy HIS job protecting a failing coordinator. Miss the playoffs next season, and they could all be gone.

  75. By Garbo on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    Hey Mc Carthy, if you can’t see he is hurting the team then maybe YOU should leave with him!!!!

  76. By Skizks Kathy on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    Capers has to GO!!!! and he can take big headed Ted with him. Rodgers can’t be the team alone.it needs to be a team effort

  77. By PeteMKE on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    Here’s the thing with injuries – Capers job has been bailed out time and time again due to “Late Season Injuries” The reality is – the problem is with schemes, play calling and adjusting to what your talent can accomplish. Just as the offense had to adjust the play calling to back-up quarterbacks, the defense needs to adjust to the talent on the filed, and they just can’t be that flexible under capers. Look around the league and tell me how many 3-4 defenses are in the top 10? Lastly – Let’s look at the nature of the injuries sustained late season – Seems to be a conditioning issue which is not necessarily Capers fault. But, I think we have tried the Dom Capers experiment long enough. Time for a change!

  78. By SDM on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    I’m thinking its time for Thompson, McCarthy AND Capers to go. Their system produces just above average results at best, and I think they won a Super Bowl despite their system. We need to have a team with more veteran leadership to compliment that of Rodgers and Matthews. This idea of letting them teach the ropes to rookies and young players just isn’t cutting it anymore. I think the lost of Woodsen was huge this year. Maybe not his physical abilities, but his veteran smarts and leadership.

  79. By Teledude87 on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    What is this teams obsession of keeping dead weight around the organization. It is a business not a charity. Fire the guy. What has he done for the Packers lately? Nothing at all! He had 1 good season with the Packers and his stay is no longer welcome.

  80. By DoniGB on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    I’ve also been saying this all year! Why don’t we play Rogers, Lacy, Starks in the same back field. With Cobb and Nelson as receivers. Who is the D going to cover? Starks needs to improve on his blocking but all in all….I’m shocked we didn’t see more of this deadly combo.

  81. By jbstwocentsworth on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    We need new blood, younger blood to fill Caper’s position. PERIOD. We need someone who can relate to these new,young players which is something I don’t think Capers has accomplished or is effective in doing. They play a different style football than Dom’s era. Capers is not the ONLY person who can fill this position. Cut the ties. He needs to go nice guy and all. Footnote: I would dare and give an ultimatum to all the heavyweights on the Defensive Line to lose 20# of their blubber over the post season and put it into strength training and muscle. If they can’t be athletic and tackle and be a defensive threat, they need to go too.

  82. By Randy Haugen on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    The Pack are a young team,Keep the coaches and draft a few playmakers. And Lets do something about all of these injury’s that did us in.If that is possible.

  83. By Trrens on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    We need some veterans. Upgrade our safeties on the free agent market, please! We can’t continue drafting young players and expect them to mesh into the defense right off the bat. Our safeties gave up way too many big plays this season. We need to upgrade at middle linebacker also, fast players that can shed blocks and are sure tacklers. Our DB’s are deep. Maybe continue to increase our depth at D-line also.

  84. By Pat on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply


  85. By Simon on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    Seems like a lot of people want Ted to spend loads of cash on free agents, maybe you all are forgetting that he has less cash to work with than he did in 2010 after locking up Rodgers. After the new collective bargaining agreement, drafting rookies got even cheaper relative to signing veteran free agents (who are more likely to lose a step than gain one). It makes even more sense to develop young guys than it did during the Super Bowl run. It just needs some patience and continuity

  86. By Jerry on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    When you allow one player to torch you in 4 straight games and you cant adjust to slow him down you aren’t doing your job. And I dont want to hear about the injuries, because when we won it all in 2011 we had more players in ir than any team in the history of the game. His schemes aren’t working. Time to start fresh.

  87. By JR on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    Come on Packers – Capers needs to go – changes are needed – a great place to start!!!!

  88. By Trrens on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    I don’t think we need a big money free agent, but a solid veteran that can understand schemes, coverages, and read offenses well at the safety position. Other than that, I don’t really see any other need from free agency.

  89. By keyonta on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    Same Coaches Same Results

  90. By Nadily on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    Capers’ “insert NDFA” defensive scheme worked pretty good. We got to the playoffs without our star QB and then we lose to a very good 49ers team with guys that wouldn’t make Jacksonville’s starting Defense. I’d say that Coach Capers has done an outstanding job. I saw a Packers defense being held together with duct tape keep an offense with Colin Kaepernick, Vernon Davis, Michael Crabtree, Anquon Boldin, and Frank Gore to 23 pts. Like Rodgers said ( to paraphrase) our offense didn’t put up enough points.

  91. By Keith M on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    The last time green bay had a good defense was in 2010 because of the key injuries to players since then the only players on defense that haven’t reall been hurt to bad have been raji and hawk. I am not blaming the coaching staff for not blizting as mch as i am saying they don’t have the personel to do it so they have to play conservative. I believe a new fitness regiment needs to be adopted to try to limit injuries a little more. I also believe green bay needs to look at aquiring a new safety or move myca hyde to safety next year to help burrnet out. I think bush should be a special teams guy only he was made for it. People are saying fire capers. He can’t be judged for his actions without a healthy defense. He hasn’t had one in Three years

  92. By Ed Ballou on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    Capers has not been able to stop kaepernick’s rushing on us and he has had 3 times. Had our defense shown up after rodgers went down we would have beaten the bears and eagles at home. I am so sick and tired of relying on the offense to win games. Remember defense wins championships.

  93. By Bob on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    Reading through the comments I’m amazed at how many people could be general managers. I can’t believe how many people can fix a defense just by getting a new coach. Amazing!

  94. By Scoutmaster Shawn on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    If he would build leadership on the defense, maybe there would be hope.

    He is resting on his laurels. MM has the next-man-up philosophy, but Capers doesn’t…well, maybe he does, but he doesn’t know how to teach the young guys to be effective.

    Back to basics. Hit the receiver in the 5 yard box. Tackle (I understand about the whole no-touching rule in practice). Lead. Communicate.

    Stop, Start & Continue. Stop praising how great the other team’s offense is. Start being physical in the proper techniques. Continue to allow the ones that have picked up leadership, to be leaders.

  95. By Bob on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    p.s. Buddy Ryan hasn’t coached for years

  96. By Rod on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    It seems the Packers have drafted into groupthink. Is Aaron Rodgers the only one who can see the writing on the wall and hasn’t drunk the cool aid? Somebody, has to think out of the box before it’s too late. Excuses are for losers. I hope the Packers have the guts to do the right thing not the expedient or cost effective. WWVD? (WHAT WOULD VINCE DO?)

  97. By James on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    New athletic trainers/training staff. We are the Pack “depleted” with injuries come playoff time the last 4 years in a row? Something is seriously wrong on the fitness/flexibility/athletic training level.

  98. By scott on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    ,,heres my mock 7 picks,,,s,,ol,,te,,cb,,lb,,s,,ol,,,,a safety first,,,more protecton for mr. Rodgers,,,a playmaker at tightend,,,another young solid corner,,,,,then linebacker,,safety and one more lineman,,,,lets keep Flynn for a great backup,,,resign starks,,,got solid wide outs,,,Crosby is solid,,,

  99. By Ed Ballou on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    I read the last time we had a good defense was in 2010 because of the key injuries to players since then. In 2010 we had numerous injuries on the defensive side of the ball barnett, collins, woodson harris, among others. Guys like brady popingaka and brandon chillar came in as back ups and kicked but helping make that good defense. And the next year popingka and chillar were cut, which was bull. Please excuse any mispelling of names.

  100. By Dave on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    This is clearly a personnel issue. TT has missed on way too many high round picks. No scheme is going to work when there is such a lack of talent in it. So, unless TT gets his head out of his behind and visits FA as well as have a solid draft, this group is going to be the bottom of the barrel again next season under Dom. It just will not work with so many mediocre players on defense.

  101. By David on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    Having a bunch of rookies on defense is crushing the Packers. While the youth of the team might work ok for the offense and special teams, great defenses in the NFL are typically veteran heavy. The great playcalling of Capers might be their only saving grace. Letting great players like Woodson go seems to cost a lot more on defense!

  102. By zammy on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply


    This is all I have to say.

    When you have seasoned 50+year old fans noticeing just HOW BAD the defense is compared to other eras, you know there is a problem.

    Im just a young pup, but I cannot be a fan anymore of this team due to its pride in a management that is incredibly subpar. its sad as the Packers once were known to be a defense team, not anymore.

    Its just damned sad.

  103. By Jeff Robinson on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    Keep Dom Capers and hire a new conditioning coach. For some reason the packers have become a team of wimps that get beat up on at every game.

  104. By K Knapp on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    Simple defense – go after the guy with the ball… the bigger problem is our front line needs to be in better shape. Injuries are just an excuse -

  105. By Laurie Michaud on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    Get rid of Dom Capers. It’s obvious the defense needs work . Just saying

  106. By wayne smith on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    I’ve been a packer fan for over fifty years and this is the worst team I can remember! Nobody seems interested in playing hard? Mr rogers always looks like he dosen’t enjoy the game? Clay is more interested making commercials, The secondary starters get injured but the backup players seem just as good! they all watch the other team catch the ball and then they try to knock them down instead of tackling the ball carrier.The corners are small compare to todays receivers. The whole team seems to be getting comfortable with losing! They just look the same every year! Excusses are like A-holes everybody has one! Get some players that want to be packers!!!!

  107. By Chuck on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    We need to keep Capers. Keep in mind folks that the team in MINN will be licking their chops at the chance to sign anyone we let go, as they always do, damn bums….they may get Jones, and Raji, do you really want them to have capers also??? I for one do not want to play his defense twice a year. Lets be glad that our defense was kinda mediocre, or plenty of teams would be wanting him as their H.C.

  108. By Dan on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    The biggest problem with the defense for 2013 was the tackling (horrible), and the defensive backfield. We made a lot of quarterbacks and running backs look really good! I had absolutely no confidence that the defense could stop the 49’ers on that last drive in the playoff game. If replacing the coach will help in those areas, then that’s what we need to do…

  109. By Dennie 55 on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    Mc Carthy can go with Capers they both need to move on. Excuses just don’t cut it. They are paid big money to get results and i don’t care about issues they have with injuries. I think they either leave or take a salary deduction until they can earn it back with results. Fair is what it should be and i think that’s fair………………….

  110. By Mark Diegel on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    I sure was hoping to read a resounding NO. No pressure, dbacks trying to cover guys from 10 yards away consistently and never seem to make adjustments. Most games it looks like they’re playing flag football, watch the guy catch it and then try to make a play. Same scheme will yield the same results. It’s time for him to go.

  111. By pooch1964 on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    I want to believe that Capers is not completely at fault. I see the problem on defense being that the Packers lack impact players.I don’t think Mathews is a complete player.They need 5 impact players. Charles Woodson is a great example of an impact player.
    I think getting rid of Capers would give the Packers a fresh start on defense. We just can’t keep relying on the offense to out score the opposition. Defense wins championships period.

  112. By James on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    Lots of things that many people see. Some I agree with and some I don’t. here are some observations that I see.

    1) There have been a great deal of injuries in the last few seasons. But this is something that has to be looked at and countered in some way. After having a second season (possibly third), this would start falling under the category of “it’s not an excuse anymore.”

    2) Should Capers be released/fired? Debatable question. After two seasons (possibly 3) of having, at best, average defensive stats (mostly poor in my opinion), the defense is faltering. Lack of take-a-ways, can’t stop the run, etc… It’s kind of dis-heartening. I don’t predict this will change with the current coaching staff for next year either. Do we want another year of our defense being average at best? I don’t and it seems a great deal of other people don’t either. I think it is time to look for suitable replacements in the defensive coaching area. But first find the replacements before parting ways with what we do have. After all, its not horrible, but definitely an area we need to look at.

    3) Most of the time when Aaron Rodgers gets sacked, it falls under the category of coverage sacks. This leaves two reasons for those. Do our receivers have the ability to get open? Or are the plays not allowing them to get open? Either way, coverage sacks should not be happening as much as they are. Our offensive line is doing a great job. You can’t expect them to hold the defense forever.

    4) There isn’t a lot of push coming from our defensive line. Hardly ever do you see them making any run stops. They fill the gaps ok-ish, but we need more than just that from them. And with them being injured as often as they are, I think it is time to start looking at future draft picks on that area.

    5) Linebackers? We got punished this year with injuries. So the question remains “are we working enough with our back-ups?” Hawk is a good linebacker although lacking in a bit in speed. #52 is a good “aggressive” linebacker, but you can tell he still has a ways to go to fall into the experienced category. But that is about it. The rest seem to have promise, but it feels as though they are left to dry in regards to “where they should be?” Coaching or players? Not really sure on that. I think it is a combination of both. Players more so because of experience. Coaches because of “lack of training” and possibly not focusing too much on basics.

    6) We got hit a bit with injuries in regards to CB’s and safeties. We do have a few good players. But as far as progression goes, I don’t see much more than that coming from them. I think we need some more experience in that area. Bush is good as a back-up, but that is about it. There is better out there than can be starters. I do think that we are better in that position though when looking at press coverages. Why we didn’t utilize that more this year baffles me.

    7) I think the Packers should spend a few more dollars and get some more experienced guys playing with the younger ones. If one man gets hurt, this wouldn’t be an issue. In a 3-4 defense, the linebacker corp is the biggest aspect of the defense. There should be more than just 1+1/2 experienced linebackers in a defense of such nature.

    In my opinion
    Offensively, we need better play calling. There is absolutely no reason to go 3 and out in the first two possessions of a game with the NFL’s best quarterback getting coverage sacked. We have a good (soon to be great) running back (Lacey) with a good back-up to help support the QB and the line. So work on the receiver routes possibly or the receivers themselves in getting open.

    Defensively, hard to say. Soo many things wrong there. I personally think that we need to focus this years draft AND free agency signing as well as possibly looking at some coaching changes defensively!

  113. By bob on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    The one thing about McCarthy is that he is very head strong. This could be why he is shown the door in the next year or so.

    Capers needs to go. It looks to me that the offenses schemes has past his defense by.

  114. By hotpapa63 on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    First, I cannot understand why every year we have half the team out with injuries? Everyone has injuries it’s a long season, But we have 2 or 3 guys out every week! It then seems that most are lost for the season, What’s going on there? Second, I don’t believe in overspending on free agents. That being said this Team is not one or two players
    from reaching the SuperBowl so Ted Thompson quit being so
    arrogant to think that the Draft will solve all our needs.
    We need to upgrade our sorry o-line, get an outside LB with power and speed. Defensive line help. Then get some ball hawks in the secondary who can challenge receivers. Then Last quit hanging on to injury prone players like Sherrod, and I hate to say it: Clay Mathews Who are spending half the season on the bench. Put up or get out!

  115. By OdinsEye on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    What the heck is wrong with Mike McCarthy? You mean to tell that a coach that talks about winning the Super Bowl cannot see the subpar performance of this defense. Granted, this year the team had injuries. So what! So have most other teams.

    For three years, the Packer defense has been horrendous. One of the knocks against Aaron Rodgers not too long ago was that he wasn’t able to lead the Packers to fourth quarter comebacks. Really? The problem was as we seen many times over the past three years is that he would lead the team back to what should have been fourth quarter victories only to have Dom Capers’ defense give the victory right back to the opposition.

    If the Packers fire Dom Capers and he is picked up by another team, someone mentioned Minnesota, who cares? That gives the Packers another team to run up 50+ points against and gain perhaps 700 yards.

    If the Packers retain Dom Capers, perhaps Aaron Rodgers and the offense should ask to be traded.

    I really would like to be wrong about Dom Capers, but history says otherwise. I want to the Packers bring home the Lombardi Trophy next year. But without some drastic changes in the coaching staff, especially getting a new defensive coordinator, I have a hard time seeing it happening.

  116. By Lord Vader on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    Wow what a bunch of babies you Packer fans are. Your team had more injuries than an aborted baby and you cry and whine about your Defensive Coordinater? Sounds like the fans need to be replaced. You people need to get off your high horses and realize the lack of talent when players get hurt.

    Besides, the NFL commissioner is making it harder for defenses to play the game right. Pussification of the rules is getting worse. Oh and your Sharon Rodgers is one of the biggest crybabies of them all. Everytime she gets touched she wants a flipping flag. Too many crybabies in the NFL and the Packer fans add to it!

  117. By motife on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    Capers best defense of the year was at the end of the Thanksgiving Lions game, where they got 579 yards again, vs. the victory formations Stafford was running. Reminiscent of Greg Schiano.

  118. By BarbM on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    Sorry, but I think Capers needs to go. The defense has let us down way too often. Obviously whatever Dom is doing isn’t working!

  119. By jeff on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    Please get us a new DC Capers is old news he has had 3 years to fix our defense an has failed no more excuses its time for a change

  120. By northwoodz on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    its a combination of bad draft picks, bad play calls and

    managing the play clock, and all coachs in general starting with the conditioning coach all the way to Mike McCarthy. is everyone in the organization blind to whats going on as long as the tickets sell out?

  121. By packgirrl on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    Does anyone think maybe the training staff needs to evaluate the way the players are conditioned? ? There shouldn’t have been that many injuries, especially all the knee and ankle injuries. Maybe they’re not conditioned properly to avoid such injuries.

  122. By tshajzoo on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    Sorry but I believe that Don Capers needs to go our defense isn’t as strong as it use to be

  123. By snerb on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    McCarthy! Your defensive product has been in the bottom 25% of the league for the past three seasons. How can you support your DC. Lose the friendship and make a change!

  124. By Sean on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    I don’t think Dom Capers is a bad DC. By any means. But I think the guys playing (and for the fans sake) need a fresh new look to get them excited about. For whatever reason the current defensive look isn’t jiving like a good defense should. It kind of feels like were beating a dead horse. I think the whole defense needs a new scheme and a new DC to propel that.

  125. By atc2152 on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    let me see as I see it MM and TT believe in developing player…should I say for other teams because from what I have seen in the past is when players become free agents the organization fails to pay and in turn veterans leave!! What needs to be accomplished is go out and spend the cash for a few great offensive linemen and someone else to help out Clay anyone in GB know that Jarred Allen might be looking for a championship team??? Let think back does anyone remember Reggie White and what spending money did for GB defense? Mike, Don and Ted can all stay but COME GUYS go out and pick up some Leadership already!!! GO PACK GO in 2014!!

  126. By Vincent Neidlinger Neidlinger on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    I continue to be discouraged with your teams “Survival” skills and not being a TEAM!! Counting on one person does not work. Your offensive line is like a sieve in allowing your opponents to get to the QB. There is NO “pocket” for them as it dissolves immediately. Your defense does not play to the ball, but to the person, hence the interference calls… Playing focused on the ball will get more INTs and those bonus points. Even the military has a hard time looking long distance, so the basic 10 and out should be used more to gain yardage in open field plays. Just sayin, but been following your team since 1962… So, whether you like each other or not, ….GET FOCUSED TOGETHER AND WIN!

  127. By Alex on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    If anything needs to change, it is our training/conditioning coaches.
    Less injuries = better play

  128. By edward on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    So I guess that’s it. Time for Rodgers to ask for a trade.

  129. By Kenny on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    i don’t blame Capers. However, i think they should get a new Defensive back coach…plus maybe tell Dom that Zone doesn’t always work…and to mix in some man or whatever. it seems that our defense is in a Zone BLitz and with no pressure on the QB it’s just ready to be torn up.

  130. By Daniel B. on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    Dom Capers shows excellence in game plan and coaching strategy. Even though the outcomes were not as desired, you can see this. How he is at managing and motivating personnel and players I do not see this as an observing fan. The head coach, players, and GM know how this aspect plays into whole scheme of things. I would suspect that he is well respected. Just armchair QB’s and Bar rail coaches think they know better.

  131. By Scott R on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    It seems to me that with all the excusses of we have a really young team and are rebuilding year after year on top of the fact that we have had a really week offensive line as well as only 1 or 2 key players on the defensive line that if they are hurt the rest can not due anything; it will appear that maybe it is time to get a new head coach in that will make the necessary changes versus making excuses and looking like he is half asleep on the sidelines every game … I was impressed to see Mikes head actually looking at the final playoff game versus staring at his head hung low.
    I think about the bears game and how their quarterback was able to stand in the open with many seconds to look down field and not one packer player getting near him time and time again versus our quarterback getting hurried and rushed and sacked again and again … this has gone on way too long

  132. By Dan Mueller on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    As much as I personally wanted to replace DC; I realized many times and I mean many times; it was not DC’s scheme; IT WAS THE PLAYERS NOT PERFORMING!
    All the missed tackles; poor coverages; poor rush; poor effort AND THAT IS ON THE PLAYERS!
    I think the Packers underestimated some of the defenses ability to improve and depth was not as strong as thought; THAT IS ON THE PLAYERS!
    So, I have believed in DC’s ability to scheme; but ALL COACHES NEED PLAYERS; THAT REALLY CAN DO IT; I think GB has shown it’s struggles there!
    So TT; this offseason will be a challenge!

  133. By Bernie on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    I just wanted to say I feel that it would be foolish to make changes in the defense staff or any staff changes. The defensive personal in place are were put to support the present scheme. You guys….the team….gave us a great year and I am proud, once again, to call myself a Packer fan. Mike, Don,the rest of the staff and players have done a outstanding job with all the hurdles they had to jump this season. You have some great young talent and am looking forward to next season.
    Thanks guys for another great ride.

  134. By FisherRog on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    It might be better to let Pickens and Raji go. Let’s let the young guns have their day. It would be better to keep Finley than let Capers go.

  135. By Bob Thomas on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    I find the comments listed here to be somewhat hasty and not covering the problem w/ our “D”
    First,if the management is happy with Don’s coaching then they would have no reason to find a new one.perhaps the play where Davon House turned in instead of out to stop Cappy,we might be getting ready to play Carolina.Should’ve,could’ve,would’ve is really the players responsibility to remember the scheme that’s called.The real problem with the “D” is we need some new players to rush the qb and fill in for lineman that are not fast enough.Our backs have always had trouble of not tackling and not looking back for the ball.I would think that MM would seriously consider rebuilding that D line and maybe pick up some quality DB’s in the draft or even a free agent.Coaches can only do so much.The players make it happen.I suggest that when training camp begins that our coaches take seriously the task of teaching how to tackle.Very poor!

  136. By Jeremy on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    TT MM and DC all need to go. This team as we seen without Rodgers is below average. TT has failed in the draft. We have average wide outs, below average O-line and decent running back. We all know how the defense fairs. TT has hit on 1 pick Clay who plays half a season. MM can not call a game. He has Rodgers to cover his bad play calling. DC is a proven DC but cant do much with TT miss in the draft. Packer fans should be scared of Detroit and Chicago. These teams are loaded with talent. Chicago has a great O-line and best wideout tandem in the NFL. Detroit may have the most talent in the NFL, just need a coach.

  137. By James on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    @daniel B’s comment
    “Just armchair QB’s and Bar rail coaches think they know better.”

    Isn’t criticism part of another entertaining aspect of the NFL? Figuring out what went wrong this season and why a team went from being over-productive to almost non-productive is half the fun. We may not be pro’s at figuring this stuff out, but we do try and some just wish to be heard.

    But arrogant people like you shouldn’t be posting things up to criticize the fans. Arrogance and trolling doesn’t help nothing…. Saying that everything is perfect when it is clear that it isn’t is saying that you are arrogant.

    So go to your armchair or bar and stay arrogant. But do the rest of us a favor and stay there and not here….

  138. By Adam on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    The better question should be asked of Ted Thompson, should McCarthy be retained? I do not think so. Before people start saying that McCarthy led us to a Superbowl just dont. It was clearly Aaron Rodgers exceptional play that did the leading that year.

    This year we saw a team that is a legit contender with Rodgers at the helm go to seriously one of the worst teams in the league without him. What does that say about McCarthy? Get rid of him. Gruden is taking interviews with inferior organizations. Go get him before he is hired by the Vikings for crying out loud.

  139. By Joe Black on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    Capers is not the issue on D. He is a proven winner when he has the right, quality players. The problems are injuries and poor DB’s. Get rid of them and get some good 2ndary guys and they will be fine.

  140. By lombardihero on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    McCarthy says the same thing so much he’s starting to believe everything in his Bubble Pod. Outstanding is not a word I would use when we had the 26th ranked defense…
    Capers record speaks for itself? he’s been fired several times for not being able to adjust. 48-80 as a head coach .375 winning percentage and Outstanding Coaches usually get promotions to Head Coaches.
    I also agree watching him stoned faced in a nice warm press box when he should be down on the field motivating players that are fill in’s for the injured I mean injuries hurt they do so why not get more involved with a hands on approach?
    I also love the were in our 3rd day of evaluations I mean you have the best seats in the house and always its evaluations like you can’t see what goes on during the whole season.
    Bottom line is McCarthy is now on the Hooks for Capers Defense and when it goes South and all these Guys get rode out of town one day I wonder what excuses from the bubble pod will they all have.

  141. By Frank on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    Start Flynn next year so Rodgers isn’t at risk of getting hurt and we get a higher draft pick!

  142. By Frank on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    “outstanding”…. Should be “out of work”

  143. By Frank on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    Dom is outstanding when the other teams offense is on the bench!

  144. By Sam on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    I’ll give Capers the benefit of the doubt and say that the defense of players were just not great enough to make the plays happen where it should have happened. Let’s start with our safeties and get more competant play makers into the game and upgrade the defensive linemen. Ryan Pickett can’t do everything by himself. If we swim after these changes, then I’d say Capers isnt the issue

  145. By Mike on the boarder of Viqueens country on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    I think its a combo platter. Either some level of conditioning or awareness isn’t being coached. We’ve had to many starters hurt year after year, and have to plug to many holes with new and up comming players that haven’t had enough time in the system. Capers no Capers I’m on the fence on that one. For half the season we didn’t have 4-6 of our best weapons on the field Rodgers, Cobb, Finley, Jones, Mathews, Starks, Neal, Jolly, etc. etc. etc. You can’t get any kind of consistency out of that. We had that Niners game it just came down to a couple plays that didn’t fall our way. We could have stole that from them, they were favored. We almost made it.

  146. By BigDaddyStuck on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    I do think changes need to be made. It is obvious that MM wants Capers to stay. However, I think that the defenses numbers over the last 3 seasons show a downward trend. In my opinion, it is a combination of scheme/playcalling and personnel. Capers is so convinced his way is the right way that he is not willing to even try different things. Simply, the game has changed and he hasn’t changed with it. I agree that TT needs to open up the strings on the purse a little and get some veteran help. We spent so many draft picks on defensive players the last few years, and didn’t reap the rewards. I have no problem drafting good young talent, but their has to be a mixture with some veterans.

  147. By Andrew patrick on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    If we get rid of him we need to find a new 3-4 coordinator first

  148. By Pat on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    It is not Don Capers falt that Clay Mattews broke his thumb. It was the other guys around A.J. Hawk that did not step to help him. I still have faith in Don Capers.

  149. By Larry Motzer on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    Even though this was a challenging year we have the tools-Players to be a Super Bowl Caliber Team. We Do need to work with our DB’s and Safeties to improve on our Takeaways. So I ‘m looking forward to the 2014 Draft for some Defence Help!

  150. By Dustin on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    If dom capers does good next year keep his if he does as bad as he did this year start looking for a new d coordinator

  151. By phil on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    Got to keep capers and if!!!! Big if we can stay healthy he is the man to lead our defence back to the highs of 2010

  152. By Fourononeoff on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    DC is a good coach, wait n see what he can do with a healthy roster.

  153. By gbgrandbaygrandma on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    We need a better defense. Why are there so many injuries. Between the Packers and the 49er’s game we lost I think 4 players to injuries. What up with that. We need to get some big tough guys in there to help the offense.

  154. By Mike Thieme on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    It’s time. I’m sick of watching backup caliber QBs and teams torch the D.

  155. By lombardihero on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    Dustin the problem with that is McCarthy will get back into his end of the year Bubble Pod and say the same thing. I think Dom did an Outstanding Job.LOL…………

  156. By illinoisjeff on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    I have faith in Dom Capers. I think many times the scheme called was not proficiently executed by the young players. Too many times I would see 2 players in the same area and that indicates one, or both, of the players mis-communicated. For instance, wasn’t Micah Hyde in the right place in Sunday’s game?…wasn’t Tramon Williams in the right place on his INT. One of them executed properly, the other one did not. I also believe anytime you make a coaching change that involves a coordinator or head coach, you are basically taking 2 steps backwards in overall team progression.

  157. By Nick on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    Dom Capers needs to go. We have been smoked by the 49ers 4 games in a row. If he hasn’t figured out Kapernick by now HE ISN’T GOING TO!!

  158. By Jean on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    We don’t need a QB, we have one and a back up. We need a front line and a better defense. It’s not the coaching, its the playing.

  159. By jr on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    i don’t mind capers but if we dont get anyone who can help Clay rush the QB then i am over this 3-4 bc we NEVER get pressure on the QB!! So either keep Dom and bring in someone to help Clay or get rid of him and go to a 4-3

  160. By Stan on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    Two word Ron Wolf

  161. By Joe on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    @Wayne Smith: Your complaining about Rodgers and Clay Matthews. You need to stop putting vodka in your Metamucil.

  162. By OwnerDan on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    Who is the Packers Strength and Conditioning coach? Maybe he should be looked at?

  163. By Ryan from Waldwick New Jersey on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    Don Capers should go because he is the worst defensive condnater in the world in my opionion. Three man rushes give me a break. My whole family wants him fired. Don Capers defense can’t even hold a 1 yard 3 down. He just has to go. Forget about Capers get a new defensive coach.

  164. By Matt on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    I see a lot of people ripping on Capers, yeah our Defense has been atrocious but it comes down to execution by the players. A lot of big plays have happened from the players executing the scheme badly. Capers is a very smart man.

  165. By Jambrosius on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    No more playing the PITY CARD for these coaches there are given a job to do, if something is not working it needs to be fixed. three years is enough time to prove yoiurself. are these injuries due to a lack of conditioning? special teams gave up to many yards and missed tackles also time to look at a different direction for our defense…..how many times can we put up with missed coverage by the defensive backs? is the defensive schemes to had for them to understand or does it have to be DUMBED DOWN… either way a coach should recognize this and make changes to fix these problems and it is not being done.. lets get some coaching in here that will help solve these issues

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  167. By frozen tundra on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    Here we go again, another pathetic year of defense! I’am tired of all you pansies thinking capers isn’t the problem! What was the defenses ranking the last 3 YEARS!!! We should be in the 5th – 10th in ranking if were going to be a superior team!!! GET RID OD THE O.S.B.

  168. By mrpocatello on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    Just like anyone els on that team that came up short, he should be put on a short leash, I’m tired of hearing about injures, that DEE was soft when all the players were active.

  169. By dixie bill on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    It is DEFENSE that is the problem, at least the number one.
    98 or 89 yards by a quarterback on 7 carries no excuse.

  170. By nflgb on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    Player ability on Defense is over rated, when Woodson was in the secondary he made them all better. The big loss was Cullen Jenkins , Clay Matthews is not as good without Jenkins on the line.
    The OL is pathetic and always injured , McCarthy has been rebuilding the OL since he’s been there. The succcessful teams seem to have more beef on OL and DL.
    There is a lot of talent on the team but not enough leadership and key position players.
    Other teams have injuries and make the playoffs look at Seattle and the Forty Niners.Maybe the conditioning tegimen isn’t good enough.
    To lose to Kapernick at home is absurd , he’s 3-0 against the Packers.
    The really big thing that is frutrating is the lapses of good play in all 4 quarters , getting behind and having to overcome is just too much for any team to be a winner.

  171. By mrpocatello on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    Ive also seen New England get smoked in the first half of a game but never in the second half, adjustments were made and corrected and the second half was always diff:

  172. By Go Pack Go on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    Personally, I don’t think they have a lot of talent on the defensive side of the ball. Capers has done okay with the talent they have. It seems like their has been a plague of injuries for the past few seasons. How about a new strength and conditioning coach then???

  173. By sephirothdzx on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    The Packers have been in the bottom half of the league for the last 3 years in overall defense and in the playoffs the Packers have given up 37, 45, and 23 points in their 3 playoff losses since the Super Bowl.

    Capers has had plenty of time to fix this defense and it never changes. The Packers cant keep wasting their championship caliber offense because of their college level defense. They won’t be able to make any playoff runs if they’re forced to score 30+ a game just to have a shot at winning.

    Capers has to go. There are no more excuses.

  174. By mrpocatello on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    I never saw adjustments so the secondary wouldn’t always look horrible. Has anyone wondered what it would have looked like if we went up against Denver this year…OMG!!!

  175. By Jeremy on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    People please realize that DC does not miss the tackles nor does he blow the coverage. This defense is soft and untalented. TT has not found any talent that fits the 3-4 scheme in over 2 yrs. So now here we go another draft dedicated to defense. TT if your not capable of finding talent in the draft please use free agency. Remember Reggie White, Charles Woodson FREE AGENTS.

  176. By Rusty Draper on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    Look how good the defense was at the start of the season. Then injuries start to take a toll. I think we need a new conditioning coach . Some how some way they have got to stop the injury bug from biting them in the but. This liter practice schedule by the NFL is to blame. They say you practice like you play. If you are not having enough full contact in practice you get injured on game day.The days where players play through injuries is over. To much money and a more conservative approach from the medical staff. Due to the lawsuit won by players .Players not playing up to the expectations at draft.I believe that stems from to much money for rookies and vets get shown the door due to veterans minimums .Contracts need to be more incentive driven.

  177. By Slick on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    The problem with in GreenBay is a thing called losing. And like any other NFL team the more ya lose the more the fans, the players and the coaches seem to get accustom to it, believe it or not! After awhile it becomes part of the locker room psyche, almost accepted or not surprised when ya do lose. At first ya don’t notice it, but then it seats itself within and then the long downward spiral begins. The one and only way to fix this is new blood at the top. Someone that is drivin, someone that doesn’t care about who you are, how great you think you are, or how much money you make. Anyone out there remember this statement, “Winning is not a sometime thing; it’s an all time thing. You don’t win once in a while, you don’t do things right once in a while, you do them right all the time. Winning is habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.” Does any of that ring a bell. How many more seasons do ya wanna sit on a bar stool, party off the tailgate or sit on froozen aluminum beachers with the same words coming out of your mouth, “yaa what about that Pack, yaa sure is a shame don’t-cha know, yaa but we beat da bears…… aah”. True……but I’m done with that bull, been there done that enough is enough. If Vince were alive today, you damn well know someone would’ve got their locker,or desk cleaned out!! “ Winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing.” Who or Why would anybody ever say that? Someone that’s drivin!!

  178. By Danram on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    Very, very disappointed to read this. Capers’ defenses have pretty much sucked ever since he’s been in Green Bay.

    Even in the championship year of 2010-2011, his defense gave up a ton of yards but made up for it by getting a lot of turnovers. Well, if other teams don’t oblige you by turning the ball over, you’re left with what we had this year: a defense that can’t get off the field.

  179. By Van Brock on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    What we need is a better strength and conditioning program and eliminate some of the injuries

  180. By Frank on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    Ok…if the talent sucks the guy picking the payers must go….if the talent is under achieving then the coaches must go…someone needs to be held accountable for the precipitous decline in defensive pay over the last 3 years…offensively, Aaron Rodgers will make any coach look like a genius…MM was lost without him….I will admit the loss of Jenkins, Collins and Woodson were huge and TT did nothing to replace them with veteran talent…hence TT should go!

  181. By Craig on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    From the NFL Blog/Green Bay Packers,
    There have been tweaks from season to season depending on personnel and from week to week depending on the opponent, but the basics of it remain the same.

    “Really, the basis of our philosophy is being able to stop the run, make the game one-dimensional [and] try to create situations where we can take the ball away,” Capers said Wednesday while wrapping up his 28th NFL season.

    Translation: He needs playmakers.
    Thus, the onus is on general manager Ted Thompson to figure out how to infuse this defense with additional talent while trying to decide whether free agents like Raji, Shields,Johnny Jolly, Mike Neal and Ryan Pickett are worth re-signing.

    Meanwhile, it will be up to Capers and his staff to develop the returning players.

    “We need more impact players, we need more players making plays on defense,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said in his season-ending news conference. “I think that’s stating the obvious. I feel that those guys are here, but do we have more coming in? That’s really what the off season’s for.”
    “Being able to stop the run”; 2009 / ranked 2nd in the league – 2010 / ranked 28th in the league – 2011 / ranked 26th in the league – 2012 / ranked 26th in the league – 2013 / ranked 29th in the league. The basis of Caper’s “philosophy” seems to be missed in all but one season!

  182. By mrpocatello on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    Boy Craig, now that you put it that way, heads should roll.

  183. By Jerry s. Jacobs on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    If McCarthy keeps Capers, Both should be FIRED!!!!!!

  184. By steven farmer on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    most of our opponents also agree we should keep Dom Capers

  185. By MeanGreen on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    Capers needs to go! I’m sick and tired of all his apologist , Aaron isn’t getting any younger and the super bowl window is quietly shutting. Hey maybe we can bring back Bart Starr to coach.

  186. By Hunter on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    I Think it is funny how almost all of us can see he has to go but Mike McCarthy cant. HE NEEDS TO GO NOW!!!

  187. By Terrence on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    New direction is needed on defense as well as smarter players plus a better offensive coordinator is needed as well to help Mccarthy from being so predictable with his play calling!!! Capers is a ok coordinator & I feel the packers need a great coordinator & better DB coach

  188. By Nopainnogain on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    kinda hilarious that so many think the 4-3 is the answer to all our problems. if you look at teams that graded in the top 10 defensively on PFF over the last 4 years, roughly half (19/40) were 3-4 teams and if you look at teams that placed in the top 5 over the same span, 13 of 20 were 3-4 teams. and that is despite the fact that more teams were playing 4-3 over that period than 3-4 (77 vs. 51). so 3-4 teams were about 10% more likely to be in top 10 and 16% more likely to be in the top 5.

  189. By JIm G on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    I think Capers should be let go, I know he’s been good in the past, but I don’t feel he’s been up to par, in the last couple of seasons, and feel it’s time to cut ties w/ him!

  190. By Gregg on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    Any other DC with 3 bad seasons in a row would have already received his walking papers. I was honestly praying for the pack to lose every game this season after Rodgers went out, at least then we could get some decent defense talent in the draft to make up for poor coaching!

    Now we get no good draft picks, and a poor DC to boot for a 4th stagnant year with zero improvement in defense.

  191. By Luckybrew on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    I think they should take a real good look at Thompson and his scouting and drafting board. They are the people which are responsible for all the players being drafted and missing all these tackles and blown coverages. They need a influx of better talent and new coaches and strength and conditioning.There record of top round picks over the last 5 years leaves a lot to be desired. GO PACK!!!!

  192. By ED S. on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    Retaining Dom Capers leaves the packers with a one and done playoff appearance again in 2014. He has taken outstanding defensive people like CM3 and Raji and turned them into average at best players.

  193. By Debbie Downer on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    They kept Capers. I just knew they would.

  194. By Rick on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    Wrong question!! Mike is the one who should be questioned. They need an offensive coordinator to call the plays. Mike is a good coach but less than middle of the road as a play caller.

  195. By jim on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    Well then expect similar results then Tool Bag McCarthy. Hey Mac you realize the Packers are now officially eliminated?? I know there was some confusion on your part after the Steelers game????

  196. By jim on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    Another bad play call by McCarthy!!

  197. By ronaldbreu on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    Yea why let Woodson go????? Then look at the QB fiasco……Its sad to see a professional Football Team that has the most world championships and the history with Vince Lombardi brining the team from the worst to the best fall like this…..Green Bay needs another Lombardi to take over because when its run like a democracy you cant do what is best for the team…..they got the medical staff putting their control over the plays because they don’t want no body getting a scratch…..and if they do season ending IR…..Since the Pillsbury Dough Boy as a coach can’t stand up for the team….then who will???? Vince Lombardi did…….If Rodgers ever wakes up and tells them this is how its going to happen…..like Favre did…..then the Packers will dominate once again……My god look at the Bears game……the line had to convince McCarthy to go for it on forth on the last drive of the game……Its should have been treated like a playoff game and when u look at how the defense had a hard time stopping anyone……what did he think they would at that point??? Then look at the Wildcard game…..4th down and goal at the 5 yard line with about 6 min to play a good team will get into field goal range you have to think ahead about the time remaining to get the ball back and clearly with special teams issues was it going to get better all of sudden??? Worst thing is you don’t make it but pin them down in the 5 yard line…..now I would trust to defense to step up and stop them so we get the ball back to at least tie the game….I’m sorry but McCarthy is not a dynamic enough coach to get the packers back to the super bowl unless they have some super good talent……where u can call conservative plays and still win…..I believe 100% the problem at Green Bay lies from the coach on up…

  198. By ronaldbreu on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    Its my guess Capers but heads with Thompson so then Thompson goes out and gets players that are marginal…..so Then Capers becomes the fall guy at Thompsons design…..The QB fiasco alone should get Thompson and Murphy canned…..

  199. By Russell on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply


  200. By mazovoid on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    I’m glad all you morons have no say in organizational decisions… They shouldn’t be firing anybody except the incompetent players who make the defense bad.

  201. By sandy becker on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    Buddy Ryans been dead for years…and he came back to Save the Saints!!!

  202. By Lance on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    Ok all of “you” dump Capers people. Who do you have right now as his replacement ??? If you are going to cry and stomp your feet who you got that can make this work better for your satisfaction ???

  203. By Michael on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    Capers did a admirable job with the players he had. With that being said…I believe it is time for a change on the defense. Need to “shake things up”
    I still say letting Woodson go was a HUGE mistake

  204. By darklife41 on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    Kevin Greene would make a great 3-4 Defensive Coordinator, provide energy to the D, and remain on the field to fire up his players and call them out when they’re under-performing.

  205. By SoCal Charger fan on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    “The defense” is just a distraction, as is all the lemming’s chanting to bid adieu to Dom Capers.

    McCarthy and TT are the problems. Think DISTRACTION friends. That’s all the this is. MM and TT want you to keep thinking this way.

    The most unimaginative offense in all football and some of the poorest player personnel decisions ever, and you’re calling for Dom to go?

    I guess Obama was right. Distraction always works!

  206. By frozen tundra on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    @ Lance My little sister can do just as good as a job as Capers!!! Lance, it wouldn’t be hard to find a NEW defensive coordinator with better talent, just need to make the decision to get rid of Capers!!!

  207. By Russell on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply


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  209. By laurie on Jan 9, 2014 | Reply

    Omg mike if u keep capers then u need to be fired also. Bye bye

  210. By Manu on Jan 9, 2014 | Reply

    Wish we could have taken lovie when we had the chance…

  211. By mrpocatello on Jan 9, 2014 | Reply

    Ronaldbreu! everything you have said is SPOT ON… Please Packer organization, read these post..

  212. By GBshareholder76 on Jan 9, 2014 | Reply

    Time for a change, sick of the Prevent-a-win defense. Let’s get some fresh blood in there coaching up a better defensive strategy. Can’t get much worse if it doesn’t work…

  213. By Darren on Jan 9, 2014 | Reply

    The Defence is what kept us in the game against the 49ers, granted the D needs strengthening but so does the Oline. we would still be in the playoffs if the Oline could withstand some of the pressure!

  214. By northerner on Jan 9, 2014 | Reply

    Why change anything? The Pack hasn’t done squat in the playoffs. Keep the status quo. We don’t need another superbowl win in Greenbay, do we MM, MM, TT & DC? Had a tough
    time selling playoff tickets this season. If big changes don’t happen in 2014,us FANS will start saving some money on tickets.

  215. By Herb on Jan 9, 2014 | Reply

    Isn’t three years the longevity for Capers with a team? Don’t offensive coaches learn his style of defense early and capitalize on it with each game. Need new blood!!!

  216. By diehardpackfan on Jan 9, 2014 | Reply

    If MM feels this way, he’s officially an idiot and needs to be let go also!

  217. By diehardpackfan on Jan 9, 2014 | Reply

    It’s amazing MM expects different results with the same plan.

  218. By skred79 on Jan 9, 2014 | Reply

    Mr. McCarthy, two things are a fact when it comes to this team. First, Dom Capers time has come and gone. His defenses DO NOT WORK! And, doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results is just insanity. Three years of garbage defense is ENOUGH!

    Second, YOU Mr. McCarthy should NOT be calling the offensive plays. Let a COMPETENT offensive coordinator do that. Be a “head coach” and let someone else run the offense. Because Lacey up the gut 45% of the time ain’t workin’!

  219. By skred79 on Jan 9, 2014 | Reply

    When the fans STOP attending games, STOP buying Packers items, and STOP watching the games, the organization will get the message and show Dom Capers the door. If this guy is allowed to keep his job, I’ll be fishing next fall instead of watching Packers football on Sunday.

  220. By skred79 on Jan 9, 2014 | Reply

    How about we put it to a shareholder vote…Dom would be gone in sixty seconds!

  221. By skred79 on Jan 9, 2014 | Reply

    Mike McCarthy is an idiot!

  222. By Ham String on Jan 9, 2014 | Reply


  223. By Voice of Treason on Jan 9, 2014 | Reply

    skred79, get over yourself.

  224. By SHAREHOLDER on Jan 9, 2014 | Reply

    What, my $275 piece of paper has a cash value of 1/10 of a cent?

  225. By petermaiz on Jan 9, 2014 | Reply

    I was a “dump Capers” guy until I realized that it’s really a matter of the right players filling the right spots and adding more talent at defense. That’s dependent on Thompson and the availability of gifted talent.

  226. By Hannibal Barca on Jan 9, 2014 | Reply

    Getting rid of Dom Capers would be a huge mistake. Our problem is not scheme, and so many NFL teams make changes just for the sake of change. We are smarter than that in Green Bay. The Zone blitz scheme is a high risk – high reward style of play. It is exciting to watch, but it is dependent on capitalizing on our turnover opportunities, which our players failed to do more often than not. Some of that was due to injury and some of that was due to individual inconsistencies. We need to resign as many offensive free agents as we can and focus on improving our defensive talent and depth this off-season.

  227. By Brad Ream on Jan 9, 2014 | Reply

    Lets see…in a playoff game the D-coordinator runs a man coverage across the board and instead of spying Kaperchunk with a LB he rushes the LB leaving a huge gap for Kaperpunk to torch us. Man across the board with no SPY throughout the playoff game explains why Dom needs to depart ways with the Pack. Sorry but those kinds of calls and the fact many times the secondary looked lost is pretty much all the evidence we need. Also check the statistical downfall over the years. Sure players make plays but schemes put them in the position to do so.

  228. By badgerboy on Jan 9, 2014 | Reply

    A person’s past accomplishments don’t mean diddly. The question is, Dom Capers, what have you done for me lately? The relevant answer is: not much! Get rid of him. I’m tired of hearing TV announcers drone on about what a defensive wizard he is. He has proven over the past 3 seasons that his defense can’t consistently get the job done.

  229. By james brunty on Jan 9, 2014 | Reply

    Seriously!!!!! Are you kidding me!!!!! Capers must have some pictures on TT And MM on bourbon st. I guess we have to miss the playoffs before this joker gets fired.. Well we back in this year and for next year look for the Lions to rule the NFC North for the next 5 years!! I think 4 years is enough time to evaluate your D-Cord and with that being said how has Capers D done in four years?? where are they rank among the team Defense?? Remember you win Championship with DEFENSE TT MM

  230. By james brunty on Jan 9, 2014 | Reply

    The train has left the station Fat A$$$$$$$$!

  231. By Tom O'Hara on Jan 9, 2014 | Reply

    Our defense continues to be awful, time for Dom to be givin his walking papers. There are a lot of good defensive coaches out there look for a change or a job. We need to fix our defense now!

  232. By boyblue on Jan 9, 2014 | Reply

    I’m hoping that was just the politically correct answer he wanted to give right now. All you capers fans always defend him by bringing up his history. Well I’m just worried about our history and how our defense has stunk last 3 years. Same old schemes with little to no in game adjustments. Whatever teams are beating us with in first half,, they continue in second half. Gotta take some of this off Aaron’s shoulders. Shouldn’t have tomatch scores in a shoot out every game. INSANITY: Doing the same thing over and over expecting a different result.

  233. By mark on Jan 9, 2014 | Reply

    Packers need talent on defense, especially at safety and inside linebacker.PLAYERS MAKE PLAYS!!!!!!! Capers is a good coach

  234. By Frank on Jan 9, 2014 | Reply

    Capers stays…more Vaseline please!

  235. By DanC on Jan 9, 2014 | Reply

    I think its tough to blame Dom Capers for the poor performance of the defense, when there has been so many injures. What is it? we lost 7 of the starting 11 players the first 2-3 weeks of the season. Second & third stringers having to start, not that these guys are not good, but they are second & third string for a reason! I think we should have 6’3″ and taller DB’s to compensate for 6’8″ receivers.
    As always Go Pack Go! Next season is…. about 6 months away.

  236. By Frank on Jan 9, 2014 | Reply

    Just as Rodgers Akers MM look good….Woodson, Collins and Jenkins made Capers look good….great coaches turn lemons into lemonade!

  237. By Frank on Jan 9, 2014 | Reply

    Oops…Rodgers makes MM look good!

  238. By Mitch on Jan 9, 2014 | Reply

    I am too disgusted to make any comments!

  239. By Frank on Jan 9, 2014 | Reply

    Capers must have pictures of McCarthy and Thompson in drag!

  240. By randolph burket on Jan 9, 2014 | Reply


  241. By bo15 on Jan 9, 2014 | Reply

    good defensive coordinators go in at half time and make adjustments to make the defense better in the second half. we come out in the second half and play worse! lack of a good defensive coach and lack of talent and a big lack of heart on this defense. we need big time changes or next season will be just like the last three.

  242. By mrpocatello on Jan 9, 2014 | Reply

    Sending Lacy up the middle 45% of the time will accomplish one thing and one thing only.. Put are best running back on IR with the rest of the team.

  243. By thunderchicken on Jan 9, 2014 | Reply

    Is Capers responsible for drafting players ideally suited for a 4-3 defense and trying to make them fit in a 3-4 or is it Ted Thompson? Darn near every D-line and Linebacker outside of Matthews is perfect for a 4-3 but they just don’t fit in the 3-4. Time to get the right guys and not fit a square peg in a round hole by “coach ‘em up” mentality.

  244. By double-0-7 on Jan 9, 2014 | Reply

    Just where do we start on improving the D?. D line, bad. Safety’s, bad. Corners, inconsistent. Linebackers, C+. Draft and develop is fine when you have veteran team and have a few years and a few holes to fill but, not in our case. We need to hit the free agency HARD!.
    We miss Woodson, and Collins.

  245. By mrpocatello on Jan 9, 2014 | Reply

    Can anyone tell me were Nick Collins is now?

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  247. By diehardpackfan on Jan 10, 2014 | Reply

    OK Ted Thompson, i’m calling you out: if you’re going to keep Dom Capers as Defensive Coordinator, GET HIM THE TALENT HE NEEDS TO EFFECTIVELY RUN HIS DEFENSE!!! That means a few hot shot in free agency (Safety, OLB, DL, ILB) as well as talent in the draft! Spend the Cap money you have!

  248. By Altair on Jan 10, 2014 | Reply

    Great, let’s plan on another season with Dom Capers’ predictable 3-4

    Or maybe with any luck they’ll wise up and get rid of him.

    Sure his strategy worked a few years back but let’s face it now it just looks like some innovative diet that failed.

  249. By mike on Jan 10, 2014 | Reply

    Look at NFL Team stats for last three years. Then decide.

  250. By brian on Jan 10, 2014 | Reply

    I think the coaching staff is a grade A staff. I think Thompson drafts injury prone players. I understand building from the draft. But sometimes you need to sign some big name free agents. I not saying go crazy and spend wild just a few. They need better talent on defense and the o-line. Maybe they need to switch to a 4-3. Maybe the players are a better fit for that formation I dont know. But to fire capers and start over would be silly. a couple talented players on both sides of the ball will get them back to championship football.

  251. By Tommy Clemmons on Jan 11, 2014 | Reply

    Dom needs to go. Worst called defensive game in years. As a matter of fact, maybe Coach McCarthy could give him a ride and they both could leave town. How many times are we going to run up the middle on 3rd and 2 or 3? Best QB in the league can most likely connect on a three yard rollout. Give us a break. I think that pen in his hat band is sticking into his head………

  252. By Tim on Jan 11, 2014 | Reply

    Looking at this with emotion aside. Too many blown basic coverage’s, in each game. Too many times players making fundamental mistakes. You can and should blame the players but at some point, it falls to coaching.

  253. By Fuzzy Luckton on Jan 11, 2014 | Reply

    capers must be let go. seriously.

  254. By amore on Jan 11, 2014 | Reply

    Dom had one good year but only do to turnovers and offenses leaving Clay singled up. Losing Nick
    Collins a few years ago was a big blow, but all teams lose key guys. The facts are plain and simple Dom plays “bend don’t break defense”; therefore, close games are going to be lost.If he can’t get big plays out of his D then we end up watching packerless playoffs or a packer offense that has to score every time they touch the ball. Dom gives up to much yardage, doesn’t get pressure on Qbs, and quite frankly can’t win against good offenses without turnovers. Every team knows how to scheme against Dom’s D.This year i seen a lot of players looking up at Dom’s heated box after bad defensive calls, that tells me players are questioning his calls. when players aren’t on board you get a sub par D. Its time to stop making excuses and move on with a new D coordinator.

  255. By MAGIC MAJKOWSKI on Jan 11, 2014 | Reply

    Capers needs to go! I am sick of hearing only if we had a more talented team, only if we had less injuries. These guys are the best of the best. That’s why they are in the NFL right? A coach cannot coach his player from a press box. How can you get your D pumped up when you are in the press box. FIRE Capers and hire Kevin Greene period

  256. By mrpocatello on Jan 11, 2014 | Reply

    Out of all these BLOGS 10% caper fans 90% want him to leave… why would he want to stick it out is beyond me..

  257. By Nikky Flash on Jan 11, 2014 | Reply

    Not just the defense coach, but how about the CONDITIONING COACH ? what the heck is going on? Edger Bennet stays! Great job Mr. Bennet!

  258. By Rick on Jan 11, 2014 | Reply

    Capers may have done a good job plugging in players, but the defense “Game Plan” hasnt worked in years. We all can make excuses why one year wasnt good, we need new blood coordinating the defense.

  259. By mrpocatello on Jan 11, 2014 | Reply

    Hey Green Bay Green Bay!!! look at the seatle team thats how you play DEE:

  260. By Kris on Jan 11, 2014 | Reply

    Just like DoniGB said “Why don’t we play Rogers, Lacy, Starks in the same back field.”
    With those two excellent RBs we would have the option to go left or right side! Absurd!

    And ’bout Capers: HE MUST GO!!! Most of the injuries in the defense happend because they have no coordination/plan (that’s how I would call it)! It’s mostly been the own man who caused the injury.

    Take a look at Seattle right now (vs. Saints)! What an excellent work. And remember what they have done to SF!

    So, Capers has to retire! And as our play didn’t progress over all, McCarthy too!

  261. By Robert on Jan 11, 2014 | Reply

    Need to switch to a 4-3 Defense. What Capers is doing isn’t working and it hadn’t in awhile now, so make so e changes. The Packers already have the personnel in place to build a solid 4-3.

    Mike Neal, Nick Perry and Datone Jones are natural 4-3 Defensive Ends. Raji, Pickett, Boyd, Worthy, Jolly and Daniels would be perfect Rotational Defensive Tackles. Clay Matthews would be a great 4-3 Outside LB. Hawk would be a much better MLB in a 4-3 than he is in a 3-4.

    They would need to pick up a couple more 4-3 LBs in a Free Agency or in the Draft. They also need serious help at Safety, a FA like Jairus Byrd would be outstanding. We need to Keep Shields, Williams, Hayward, House and Hyde. Draft or sign another bigger CB, someone with the height and reach to cover the tall WRs they face every year.

    I’d prefer that Capers kick handed his walking papers and a true 4-3 D/C be brought in but if they insist on keeping him then I’m sure he too could run a 4-3 defense. He sure couldn’t be any worse at it than he is with the 3-4.

  262. By Fred Beam on Jan 11, 2014 | Reply

    first fire Capers, second hire Kevin Greene, third cut Morgan Burnett, he did;nt make a big play all year tthene fact that Capers keeps him out there is unbelieveable. I would give TT one more year to get the few veterens needed to get to the super bowl. Look at what Seattle has done with the free agents they picked up last year.

  263. By VanDad84 on Jan 11, 2014 | Reply

    Get rid of Capers!! We need new energy and focus with our defense! I am tired of players not playing with any emotion! We need to add better players who are not always hurt. We have some big name guys, but they never play, always hurt.

  264. By slick on Jan 12, 2014 | Reply

    “Winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing.”

  265. By mrpocatello on Jan 12, 2014 | Reply

    Go Panthers hey Green Bay thats how its done on DEE…lets get it together next year PLEASE!!!

  266. By Sean on Jan 12, 2014 | Reply

    Dom has gotta go, if mike thinks he is so great maybe we need a new head coach too.

  267. By James M. on Jan 12, 2014 | Reply

    All I wanted for Xmas was for Dom Capers to be out this year. Honestly, he’s needed to be let go each of the last two years. He insists on running a 3-4 and teams are running all over our small defensive line. He orders up blitzes and teams see it a mile away and hit the hot receiver for an easy first down. If we didn’t have Aaron Rodgers GB would have been a 4-win team each of the last two years.

    It’s time to get back to basics on defense.

  268. By mrpocatello on Jan 12, 2014 | Reply

    WOW !!!! SF rolled over Carolina easier than they did us

  269. By @bronko61 on Jan 13, 2014 | Reply

    please don’t be ridiculous I know you don’t think eight seven and one is it good divisional record? The only reason we won the division was because of the rest of the teams were so horrible! The defense what is getting worse and worse every year something needs to be done about the defensive coordinator? I’ve been a lifelong Green Bay Packers fan! Get it done!

  270. By diehardpackfan on Jan 13, 2014 | Reply


  271. By Big Daddy's Blog on Jan 13, 2014 | Reply

    He doesn’t need to be fired, he needs a raise. He needs talent that does not get injured and it will be fine. I blame TT for not giveing Capers the required talent.

  272. By packfanaj12 on Jan 13, 2014 | Reply

    I think Dom Capers can be a good D Coordinator, however things do not seem to be clicking for the Packers on D, which is his job. Being able to… and doing…. are two different things, this guy needs to go…

  273. By billy on Jan 13, 2014 | Reply

    Is McCarthy really confident in the young players that are on the team?? Why should he be…it seems they take forever to develop with the Packers, if they ever do (Perry)…and then they are mediocre…(brad Jones, Hawk)..we need one more player who isn’t mediocre…just one please, ILB, Safety, dont care where but we need one…and not some cheap-o draft choice who “will be fine in a year or two”…..

  274. By mrpocatello on Jan 13, 2014 | Reply

    I was trolling the Panthers web chat yesterday after their loss to SF, they were for the most part just tickled to have made it to the playoffs..REALLY!! to me that is such a disappointment to be fine with 1 and done, a lot like Green Bay but over here Packer fans expect more from their team, and thank god for that…

  275. By Cali on Jan 13, 2014 | Reply

    Capers’ time is up!! McCarthy and TT are idiots if they have this guy another season.

  276. By BONITA on Jan 14, 2014 | Reply

    going back in time, does anyone remember the days that hog hanner was our defensive coordinator? you could sit home and predict the calls. but, a nice guy. we have to remember that we can be a “nice guy” and a good coach but watch out for complacency. dom does not seem to have a connection with the players. there is something lacking.

  277. By Richard Serrano on Jan 15, 2014 | Reply

    Ted needs to learn how to draft fast and hungry defensive players and no bust! We haven’t had a great defensive player in the draft since Clay. We need some players that can put some pressure on the QB.

  278. By Scott 1956 on Jan 15, 2014 | Reply

    In Capers 15 years as a DC, he has had 4 teams in the top 10. He’s had 7 years as 23 or lower and 4 between 10 and 23. So why would anybody think he’s anything but an average DC? We need someone who can simplify the defense, and actually get them to play downhill. Not like Capers wait and see approach!

  279. By Scott 1956 on Jan 15, 2014 | Reply

    If they want to keep Capers, fine. If he fails again, they ALL get fired!

  280. By mrpocatello on Jan 15, 2014 | Reply

    There seems to be a code of loyalty in that organization that may be damaging at times, for instance take Mason Crosby, luckily that turned out positive for now, but they seem to keep individuals around longer than they would for the most part anywhere els, scares me…

  281. By Kris on Jan 15, 2014 | Reply

    So far I know the Packers are the only team in NFL owned by shareholders and not in posses of a industry tycoon! And as a shareholder company, there needs to be something like a general meeting! And every majority of votes can hire and fire!!! So don`t only talk ’bout it, do it! And if the (Vice) President(s) don’t act, kick ‘em too!

    We need a change! And we need it now!!!

    As Croatian living in Germany I’m not allowed to enjoy being a shareholder! But if I would be: I would fire them all! First of all DC and McC!
    For three years we have a predictable (cause unchanged) game! I think each Packers fan knows every coming call by McC! So if we know it, why should the other (coaches) didn’t know it!?

    “We needed just one more play!” That’s not right! The OC’s needed to be more couraged! We had to go for a TD! But with almost 7 min. left we kicked a field goal! May be true at this moment the game was tied, but (as most times) the coaches decision was wrong! Just one time, only one time, in such a crucial game you need a grain of brave! You need SPIRIT!!!

    I would be much more relaxed and could easygoing watch the playoffs if we tried anything and everything to beat the 49ers! But as we dindn’t, the season is all over! I don’t matter who will become the next champion! I’m so disappointed that I can’t put it into words!


  282. By Bill on Jan 15, 2014 | Reply

    Those who have commented that Capers is not the problem are correct in my mind. The players not making plays or being good enough to match up with the opposing team is the issue. This is Ted Thompson’s problem and he should fix it or be fired. Let’s draft quality and be willing to get a quality defensive player from free agency. It is great to develop your own players but remember it was Reggie White’s signing that put the Pack over the top and made it a Super Bowl winner. We need that kind of help again while we still have a QB that can win games.

  283. By Adam on Jan 16, 2014 | Reply

    Don’t think Capers is the issue, and even if he was, a new coordinator would have a lot of trouble fixing the defense. Need more talent on the defensive side period. Not sure where they’re gonna find it though.

    B.J. Raji has been terrible at arguably the most important spot on the entire D.

    M.D. Jennings is possibly the worst starting safety in the NFL outside of Chris Conte.

    The defense will continue to be terrible until we find answers at those positions. I also wonder what they’re going to do with Datone Jones. Spending a first round pick on a guy who only plays on 3rd and long seems like a huge waste.

  284. By noah on Jan 17, 2014 | Reply

    i love the packers but this season the defense was terrible…the offense was alright but the defense blew it they need to get new players and if dom doesnt make good plays maybe a new defense coach.

  285. By Eric on Jan 17, 2014 | Reply

    Jeremy saying Detroit has the best talent in the NFL cause they have a good D line and Calvin Johnson lol that’s ridiculous. The Bears offensive line is about as good as ours when healthy. so these teams are not scaring me like you say I should be. Detroit’s line backers and Db’s are awful and their offensive line and backs will be picked apart the next few years. As far as the Bears well Forte is about to start his decline and they won’t be able to keep both receivers after next year as the # 2 will want #1 money now. Hester is gone this year so now their field position is gone. Briggs is gone so the defense will be worse. The Bears may finish last next year except that Minn may be the worst in the league .

  286. By Anthony jett on Jan 17, 2014 | Reply

    Dom is actually a good coach we just alot of key injuries this in don’t forget who we had the year we had the number one defense good corners in safeties I miss Nick Collins

  287. By mrpocatello on Jan 17, 2014 | Reply

    Dom is actually a bad coach we just had a lot of untalented players that were never coached up the whole year. time to get out of the press box saddle up on the sidelines and coach without a set of headphones.

  288. By fredrik on Jan 17, 2014 | Reply

    I dont know why everyone blamss dom cabers when micarty is the head coach

  289. By David on Jan 18, 2014 | Reply

    How about new conditioning coaches. We’ve had more hamstring injuries than any other team in the NFL. Not to mention the surge of injuries since 2011.
    Dom Capers can go too. I’m sick and tired of watching prevent defense every time we have a lead.
    Switching to a 4-3 Defense would be Great too, Clay would be MUCH more Dominant if he had a running start at the D-Line!

  290. By Lou on Jan 19, 2014 | Reply

    I have been a Packer fan since I was a kid. This defense would make Lombardi and Nitschke sick. Enough excuses. Every team in the NFL is full of injuries. You have to be able to win with second stringers or you can’t win. No reason for blown coverages or players not keeping containment except poor coaching. Capers has to go, and yes we are wasting one of the best QB’s in the NFL with this conservative, unimaginative play calling on offense. GO PACK!!! Make changes before we totally waste Aaron Rodgers.

  291. By mrpocatello on Jan 19, 2014 | Reply

    I feel you Lou…couldn’t have said it better myself

  292. By don k. on Jan 19, 2014 | Reply

    i hope every packer player is watching the seahawks , 49er game ! entire packer defense should be ashamed for taking a paycheck! watch and learn capers! watch and learn pack psedu defense!

  293. By BMas on Jan 19, 2014 | Reply

    Since Mike McCarthy thinks Dom is such an “outstanding” Coach, then maybe he’s throwing Ted Thompson under the bus for drafting such poor talent. It just does not seem like there’s accountability for such a poor defense again this season. Really, really disappointed…

  294. By Warren Oner on Jan 20, 2014 | Reply

    Dom cappers gotta go plain and simple no qurstions asked

  295. By mrpocatello on Jan 20, 2014 | Reply

    I agree, the intensity level these 2 teams in the late game (Seattle>SF) was off the charts. But I also saw Kapperchunk take off running wild against Seattle as well. We had a chance to WIN that game had it been an INT by Hyde on that last drive. I know as the playoffs come to an end it has gotten harder for me to swallow what took place at Lambeau 2 weeks ago. Watching the playoffs come to an end I can say Green Bay-San Fran game was easily one of the best games all around.

  296. By tom mccann on Jan 21, 2014 | Reply


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