On Wednesday, Packers HC Mike McCarthy told reporters that he has no intention of making changes to his coaching staff this offseason, which implies that DC Dom Capers will return for another season, despite another lackluster year for the Green Bay defense.
“Dom Capers is an outstanding football coach,” McCarthy said. “No one will be evaluated today. We’ll go though this just like last year, you guys did this to me last year.
“I’m not going into this thing looking to make looking to make big changes, but I’ll tell you one thing, when I go though this process, there’s things you really like about your program. … I think Dom Capers is an outstanding football coach and I’m glad he’s on our staff.”
The Packers defense was hit hard by injuries all year, and yet they still managed to hang around against a very good 49ers team. In fact, I would make the case that their offense was more to blame for their loss to San Francisco than their shorthanded defense.
Capers defense favors players with a solid understanding of how the scheme works as a whole, but that contrasts with the Packers draft-and-develop approach towards their roster. Maybe this is the year that Green Bay will look for more veteran help in free agency, but of course there are no guarantees.