As I just wrote an article on what the backup quarterback plan should be for next year, especially given it’s near disastrous results, I thought to myself, ‘What about the Green Bay Packers‘ defense? What about the coach for next year?’
Do not take this as a call for Dom Capers‘ head. While I am not happy whatsoever with the job that has been done since the Super Bowl win, I do understand to a degree that injuries hurt and it is ultimately up to the player to execute. Onward …
The obvious person at this point is in fact Dom Capers. We may not be the biggest fans, but Mike McCarthy trusts him, as he said on Monday.
“We went through every call,” McCarthy said after watching the game tape with Capers and the defensive staff. “It’s a very talented, organized defensive staff. I really like the teaching ability, the demand and their personality. … I’m very comfortable in our coaching staff. I think it’s definitely one of the strengths of our program.”
While most may not agree, Capers does at least have the experience to coach a good defense. Whether that will start to translate any time soon, we cannot be sure. He admittedly has had quite a few chances and several talented defenders drafted to work with and it has not turned into a program that is consistent.
For the wishful thinking part of this article, I submit Rex Ryan. I for one do think the New York Jets will implode, mainly due to the ineptitude at the quarterback position. Ryan may have done way better of a job than any of us expected this year, but his new GM is going to most likely want to go with his own coach if Ryan is anywhere short of the playoffs. To me, Ryan is playoffs or bust.
Ryan is a fantastic defensive mind. He can take role players and players that have talent but have not turned it into ability and make them into stars. Just imagine what Clay Matthews could do in a Rex Ryan defense … or many of the players, for that matter. Defense is Ryan’s game, he knows it inside and out and could turn the Packers into a top 10 defense. Did you know in his time with the Jets he has not finished outside the top 10 in yardage? Plus, his first three years they were in the top 5.
There are others, but maybe not as good of a fit. I thought of Steve Spagnuolo, but I do not think his 4-3 scheme would work. His defense also worked terribly in New Orleans. Kevin Greene would be a thought, and even though he is a part of the current staff and inexperienced he does have quite a passion that I think would flow to the players.
At this point, Capers is there until the season ends and then we will see who is available. Do not count out Capers’ return, but this year with the offensive line McCarthy proved he is willing to make a move to improve the team.
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