I’m not a fair-weather fan. I love my Packers. I have been a fan since 1996. So I don’t say this next statement lightly.
We need to fire Dom Capers.
I remember back to the 2011 season. Green Bay was undefeated. However, each week I kept saying the same thing. “One of these days our offense is going to have an off game, and we are going to lose because our defense is terrible.”
Sure enough that loss came against the Kansas City Chiefs lead by Kyle Orton. We went 15-1 that season and lost to the Giants in the divisional round (first week bye).
That season the offense put up sick numbers. It was special, impressive, and fun to watch. It was also, sadly, necessary.
In 2010 we allowed four games over 30. In the divisional game against San Francisco we allowed 45 points. We scored 31. If you had told me before that game that we would lose with 31 points I would have been shocked.
In the last strikingly bad defeat by the Detroit Lions I kept hearing, as I always do, that Dom capers is a defensive wizard. Really?
So I thought I would investigate why everyone called him a genius.
What I found was devastating. I have no idea why people would say that.
Here is Dom Capers record as a head coach:
After that he was clearly fired.
In 2006 he went to Miami and was a special assistant to the head coach. The record of the Miami Dolphins? 6-10. In 2007 the Dolphins decided to make Capers the defensive coordinator. Uhm, okay? Want to know the record that year? 1-15.
I don’t know why we decided to make him our defensive coordinator in 2009. Wait, I know why. We were 21st in the league in defense.To be fair, in 2009 when he took over as the defensive coordinator, he had a great year. Green Bay’s defense improved to second in the league. In 2010, the defense finished the season 2nd in scoring defense, fifth in total defense, second in interceptions, and second in sacks.
Some possible reason other than Capers being the reason the defense was successful could be as follows. In 2009 we acquired B.J. Raji and Clay Matthews. That was obviously HUGE! Keven Greene was also hired as the outside linebackers coach. That could be the reason.
However, two good years does not a pattern make. His pattern is one of loss. To call him a defensive genius just doesn’t even make sense. I know people hate math, I hate math, but as they say, numbers don’t lie.
I think his record proves that he should be removed from the Packers organization.
Lastly, screw Jeremy Ross for a punt return and a kickoff for a total of two touchdowns. Douchebag. All you did for the Packers was cost us (not alone) two games against the Niners.
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