Some fans in Green Bay have been calling for Dom Capers’ head for years. He’s been Packers defensive coordinator since 2009 and he’s about to enter his ninth season in that capacity.
Despite some down years and poor performances – the Packers ranked 22nd in team defense in 2016 and 31st in pass defense – Capers remains a mainstay in green and gold. Though some names on the defensive roster may change, Capers’ status with the team won’t, and head coach Mike McCarthy explained why Thursday on ESPN Radio’s “Wilde and Tausch Show.”
“I think all of us in life have always gone through experiences in our past that you may have quit on something just to get that fresh, new start, and it feels good but in hindsight it was not the best thing for you. I know I have personally. So I’ve always held true to that in my decision-making process,” McCarthy said, according to Rob Demovsky of ESPN.
McCarthy compared the situation to kicker Mason Crosby‘s struggles in 2012. He connected on just 63 percent of his kicks then and was being written off. Crosby remains a Packer, however, and is coming off a 2016 season in which he connected at an 86 percent rate and nailed two massive 50-yard kicks in Green Bay’s divisional-round playoff win over the Dallas Cowboys.
“You’ve got to make right decisions. Results don’t always prove to be the answer to the right decision,” McCarthy said. “It’s no different than the way we view plays, and this is a conversation Dom and I have all the time. … To me, it’s the team, because you have to be realistic. Every team is different. Some teams have different strengths and weaknesses and it depends on the time of year. That’s why you have to be realistic about your approach.”
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