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Dom Capers

Dom Capers
File:Dom Capers.jpg
Capers in August 2011
Current position
Title Defensive Coordinator
Team Green Bay Packers
Personal information
Date of birth (1950-08-07) August 7, 1950 (age 65)
Place of birth Cambridge, Ohio
Alma mater Mount Union College
Career highlights

AP NFL Coach of the Year (1996)

Super Bowl Champion (XLV)
Head coaching record
Regular season 48–80
Postseason 1–1
Career record 49–81
Coaching stats Pro Football Reference
Team(s) as a coach/administrator
1972–1974 Kent State
(Graduate Assistant)
1975 Washington
(Graduate Assistant)
1975–1976 Hawaii
(Defensive Backs Coach)
1977 San José State
(Defensive Backs Coach)
1978–1979 California
(Defensive Backs Coach)
1980–1981 Tennessee
(Defensive Backs Coach)
1982–1983 Ohio State
(Defensive Backs Coach)
1984–1985 Philadelphia/Baltimore Stars
(Defensive Backs Coach)
1986–1991 New Orleans Saints
(Defensive Backs Coach)
1992–1994 Pittsburgh Steelers
(Defensive Coordinator)
1995–1998 Carolina Panthers
(Head Coach)
1999–2000 Jacksonville Jaguars
(Defensive Coordinator)
2002–2005 Houston Texans
(Head Coach)
2006 Miami Dolphins
(Special Asst. to the Head Coach)
2007 Miami Dolphins
(Defensive Coordinator)
2008 New England Patriots
(Special Assistant/Secondary)
2009–present Green Bay Packers
(Defensive Coordinator)

Ernest Dominic "Dom" Capers (born August 7, 1950) is an American football coach. He is the current defensive coordinator for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League (NFL). Capers served as the head coach for the NFL's Carolina Panthers from 1995 and 1998 and for the Houston Texans from 2002 to 2005. He is only man to serve two different NFL expansion teams as their inaugural head coach.

Early years

After playing high school football for the Meadowbrook Colts in Byesville, Ohio, Capers attended Mount Union College in Alliance, Ohio where he played linebacker and defensive tackle. He is a brother of the Alpha Nu chapter of Alpha Tau Omega.

Coaching career


He began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Kent State University and the University of Washington. Later he was an assistant coach at Hawaii, San Jose State, California, Tennessee and Ohio State.


After a stint in the USFL, he began his NFL career as an assistant with the New Orleans Saints and was named defensive coordinator of the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1992, including a trip to the AFC Championship game in 1994. He remained with the Steelers until becoming head coach of the expansion Carolina Panthers in 1995. After 1995's 7–9 season, a record breaking mark for an expansion team, the Panthers went to the NFC Championship game in 1996. Continuing to spend against the salary cap, and eventually taking control of personnel matters in 1997, the Panthers went 7–9, followed by a dismal 4–12 season in 1998, at the end of which he was terminated.

After being let go from the Panthers, he served as an assistant with the Jacksonville Jaguars until becoming the head coach of the expansion Houston Texans on January 21, 2001. After starting out 4–12 (2002) and 5–11 (2003) in his first two seasons in Houston, the Texans posted a 7–9 mark in 2004.

Capers was known for his abilities as a defensive coach, and for his conservative play-calling on offense. Several TV announcers were known to predict Texans plays on occasion. He was also famous because he kept a 17 hour per day work schedule and sleeping just five hours per night, often on a couch in his office.

The Texans announced in 2005 following their record of 2-14 that Capers would be fired January 2, 2006.

On January 23, 2006, the Miami Dolphins announced the hiring of Dom Capers as the team's defensive coordinator. There, he served as assistant head coach. With an annual salary of $2.6 million, Capers was the highest paid assistant coach in the NFL, alongside Washington Redskins assistant head coach Gregg Williams. On Thursday, January 3, 2008, Dom Capers was fired along with all offensive and defensive coaches. It was said that the new head coach may hire the assistants back.[1]

On January 29, 2008, Capers interviewed with the Dallas Cowboys for the vacant linebackers coach position. It is rumored that he was offered the defensive coordinator or defensive consultant position.[2]

On February 21, 2008, Capers was hired by the Patriots as their secondary coach/special assistant, replacing Joel Collier.

On January 19, 2009, Capers was named the Green Bay Packers defensive coordinator by head coach Mike McCarthy and general manager Ted Thompson, where he replaced the 4-3 defense Green Bay has used since 1992 with the 3-4 he used in Miami.[3] Green Bay's defensive ranking in his first year improved to second in the league in 2009, from 21st in the league in 2008.[4] In spite of being decimated by injuries in the 2010 season, Capers' defense finished the season ranked 2nd in scoring defense, 5th in total defense, 2nd in interceptions, 2nd in sacks, and 1st in opposing quarterback passer rating.[5]

Head coaching record

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
CAR 1995 7 9 0 .438 4th in NFC West - - - -
CAR 1996 12 4 0 .750 1st in NFC West 1 1 .500 Lost to Green Bay Packers in NFC Championship Game.
CAR 1997 7 9 0 .438 2nd in NFC West - - - -
CAR 1998 4 12 0 .250 4th in NFC West - - - -
CAR Total 30 34 0 .468 1 1 .500
HOU 2002 4 12 0 .250 4th in AFC South - - - -
HOU 2003 5 11 0 .312 4th in AFC South - - - -
HOU 2004 7 9 0 .437 3rd in AFC South - - - -
HOU 2005 2 14 0 .125 4th in AFC South - - - -
HOU Total 18 46 0 .281 - - -
Total[6] 48 80 0 .375 1 1 .500


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Preceded by
Mark Hatley
New Orleans Saints Defensive Backs Coach
Succeeded by
Jim L. Mora
Preceded by
Dave Brazil
Pittsburgh Steelers Defensive Coordinator
Succeeded by
Dick LeBeau
Preceded by
Dick Jauron
Jacksonville Jaguars Defensive Coordinator
Succeeded by
Gary Moeller
Preceded by
Richard Smith
Miami Dolphins Defensive Coordinator
Succeeded by
Paul Pasqualoni
Preceded by
Bob Sanders
Green Bay Packers Defensive Coordinator
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