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McCarthy: Capers 'the right man' for 'toughest job'

Mar. 26, 2014
 
Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy, left, and defensive coordinator Dom Capers during training camp in August 2013. File/Press-Gazette Media
Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy, left, and defensive coordinator Dom Capers during training camp in August 2013. File/Press-Gazette Media

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Defensive coordinator Dom Capers turns 64 in August, but Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy sees no signs of him slowing down.

Dom looks like the same guy today that he was when he showed up, McCarthy said Wednesday. Hes got great energy, phenomenal work ethic. I dont see him slowing down any.

McCarthy was unflinching in his support of Capers, even though the defense finished 25th in the 32-team NFL in total yards last season.

Dom Capers has the toughest job on our staff, McCarthy said. I can tell you that from experience. Anytime youre a coordinator for a head coach that is predominantly on the other side of the ball, theres a lot of responsibility there. His responsibility with his assistant coaches is a lot higher than with the offensive coordinator, and obviously his background of being a head coach was a big part of why we went that direction. He has a lot of responsibility and Im very in tune with the way he goes about it. Hes definitely the right man for the job.

McCarthy appears to be taking a more active role in shaping the defense. He and Capers had a long conversation after the season.

Our conversation was harder than other years, a lot of hard topics that we had to talk about, McCarthy said. But as far as approach and belief and how we go about it, I never questioned the direction we were moving forward.

"So we spent the time, diligently, going over all the things we need to improve on, and I think weve made excellent steps so far with building our 2014 defense schematically and now with some player addition, and Im sure now the draft will bring even more pieces to the puzzle. Im excited about a number of things that will change, and I know the players will be excited about it when they get back.

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