1. Make a change at defensive coordinator
I’ve backed Dom Capers for many years. With more talent on defense, everything would be fine, so I thought. But there’s enough reason to doubt that belief at this point. While Capers doesn’t have a say in who he coaches on the defensive side of the ball, it’s down to him to get results.
Yet again, Green Bay’s defense has been a mess. Even if the Packers had run the table and made the playoffs, they would’ve been exposed by a team like the Saints or Rams, who could both run all over Capers’ unit.
This isn’t to say the Packers should be top-10 in every defensive category. There are some clear deficiencies across the board. Injuries haven’t helped. And there have also been times where players simply aren’t winning their one-on-ones. It’s not all on Capers.
But he deserves his share of the blame. Why is it that the likes of Casey Hayward and Micah Hyde have played their best football away from Green Bay? Hayward, in particular, has been excellent ever since signing with the Chargers. We never saw it in Green Bay.
This year the Packers do have talent. They’ve got Mike Daniels and Kenny Clark on the defensive line. Blake Martinez has made a huge jump at linebacker. Few teams boast the depth Green Bay has at safety.
But the results have been disappointing. This falls on Capers. And it’s time for a change.