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McCarthy says Capers worthy of head coaching job

Nov. 6, 2013 11:21 AM
 
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When asked if 60-year-old defensive coordinator Dom Capers was worthy of a head coaching job, Packers coach Mike McCarthy didnít hesitate with his response. McCarthy said if he was an NFL owner he would hire Capers, whom he called an outstanding football coach. The Packersí defense under Capers this season is ranked No. 1 in the NFL in points allowed. Last year the defense was ranked No. 2 in the league in yards allowed. Capers was hired in January 2009 by McCarthy to replace Bob Sanders and installed the 3-4 scheme. He had two previous head coaching stints in the NFL and both involved expansion teams, at Carolina and Houston. Some other highlights from McCarthy's Wednesday press conference: * With the possible exception of the Superdome in New Orleans, McCarthy said the Metrodome is the loudest NFL venue and is like playing in front of a bad stereo system. As usual, the Packers will attempt to replicate the Metrodome environment by blaring noise during practice this week.† McCarthy said veteran players handle the noise better because of their experience. *He said anytime Brett Favre takes the field he gives his team chance to win. McCarthy expects to see Favre play the way he's always played when the Packers take on the Vikings Sunday. *He is optimistic Ryan Pickett, who has been struggling with an ankle injury, will practice tomorrow. *Stopping Adrian Peterson will be a top priority for the defense. Peterson rushed for more than 100 yards in the teamsí first meeting this season. McCarthy said a pre-game injury to Cullen Jenkins, which sidelined the defensive end for the game, was a contributing factor. *He gave credit to cornerbacks Tramon Williams and Sam Shields, along with their coaches, for rising from the undrafted ranks to prominence in the NFL. McCarthy said Shields is very coachable, throrough and detailed in his approach. *He is very pleased the way A.J. Hawk has played the last four or five weeks. *He said Brandon Jackson has done a good job with his opportunities. He has gotten better. Heís very coachable and hard working. He has an extra gear that surprises people. *Clay Matthews was targeted by the Packers in the 2009 draft. McCarthy said he and GM Ted Thompson talked about the possibility of trading up two days prior to the draft. *He said Donald Driver, who is recovering from a quad injury, feels better than he did heading into Jets game. He is encouraged by Driverís progress. The receiver missed the game against the Cowboys and was forced to leave the Jets game in the first half. *He is pleased that the Packersí turnover differential is improving. The Packers rank tied for fourth in the NFL at plus-6. McCarthy wants to see that total in double digits. *Driver, Clifton, Pickett, Matthews, Quarless and Woodson were limited in practice. Chillar and Pat Lee were full participants.

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