Lombardi Ave roundtable: Is it time to part ways with Dom Capers?

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GREEN BAY, WI – FEBRUARY 08: Green Bay Packers cornerback Charles Woodson and Defensive Coordinator Dom Capers take the stage to address the fans during the Packers victory celebration at Lambeau Field on February 8, 2011 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Matt Ludtke/Getty Images)

Green Bay Packers fans will watch their team compete for the eighth time this coming Monday night with a question in mind: Is it time to part with Dom Capers?

That’s the question we posed to the staff writers at this website, a question that has been debated across Packers Nation since the defensive coordinator took over the position in 2009.

During those early seasons with the Packers, Capers’ defenses were creative and unpredictable. In his stable, Capers had players like Charles Woodson, Nick Collins, Clay Matthews, Cullen Jenkins, Tramon Williams, and Al Harris, among others.

They were athletic and instinctive football players who melded their skills with Capers’ schemes to make plays – big plays – that made the Packers’ defense one of the best in the entire league.

When the Packers won the Super Bowl in 2010, all these players were on the field continuously as they grew together within the system.

By the time the Packers made it to the Super Bowl and proceeded to beat the Pittsburgh Steelers, Capers had done wonders in getting the most out of his unit.

However, since 2010, the defense has been mediocre, at best. Though the team continuously gets turnovers, there is much more that has gone awry.

General manager Ted Thompson has had many swings and misses at defensive players in the draft who were not athletic, nor very tough (see injury lists).

Draft choices Datone Jones, Damarious Randall, Quinten Rollins, Jerel Worthy, Josh Boyd, Carl Bradford, and Demetri Goodson have all been less-than-great, though for the most part the jury is still out on Randall and Rollins.

Clearly, Capers has been dealt a hand with bad cards over the past half decade or so. That certainly is one of the factors.

The other is that his schemes are so complicated that it takes athletic players to overcome mental mistakes.

That hasn’t been occurring recently.

So the question about whether the Packers need to move on from Capers and get a fresh start on the defensive side of the ball came up this week.

In response to the question, staffers here at Lombardi Ave decided to talk about it.

On the next page, you will find the comments of staff members who are passionate about how to proceed into the future.

Turn the page for some interesting comments.

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