Packers fire defensive coordinator Dom Capers

GREEN BAY, Wis. — The Green Bay Packers fired defensive coordinator Dom Capers on Sunday night, according to a report by ESPN.

Green Bay head coach Mike McCarthy fired Capers after the Packers’ 35-11 loss at Detroit in the regular season finale.The news first surfaced early Monday afternoon.

This year is the first time the Packers missed the playoffs since 2008, the same year McCarthy fired then-defensive coordinator Bob Sanders. McCarthy has fired a coordinator just three times in his 12 seasons as head coach including Capers and Sanders. In 2014 he fired special teams coordinator Shawn Slocum.

Attributing unnamed sources, the report said several other members of the Packers’ coaching staff will also be let go.

The Packers’ defense finished 22nd this season. It’s the fourth time in the last seven years the Green Bay defense finished in the bottom third of the NFL. Capers didn’t have a top-10 defense since 2010 when the Packers won the Super Bowl.

Green Bay has several in-house candidates as the next defensive coordinator, including cornerbacks coach Joe Whitt Jr., associated head coach for the defense Winston Moss, safeties coach Darren Perry and defensive line coach Mike Trgovac. Trgovac is the only one among those who had previously been an NFL defensive coordinator (Carolina Panthers from 2003-08). He came to Green Bay with Capers in 2009.

The report said the Packers could also look to outside candidates like Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio.