Sunday, January 18, 2009

Packers Hire Dom

Looks like Dom Capers is the guy. Made a name for himself running a 3-4, but has experience using a 3-4, 4-3 hybrid. Perfect. Finally, a defense that will confuse the opposing offense. Capers is experienced and well respected, if nothing else. I guess Mike Vandermause's blog post from the GBPG looks even sillier now than it did last week. Sheesh, two potential DC's landed jobs somewhere else and this guy's freaking out (Jan, 15th):

Will someone out there take this job?

Maybe it's not a question of whom the Packers will name as their next defensive coordinator, but rather, can Mike McCarthy find someone highly qualified who wants the job?

Fair or not, there's an impression that the leading candidates have given McCarthy a stiff-arm to the face. Mike Nolan interviewed with McCarthy and took Denver's DC position. Gregg Williams interviewed with McCarthy and today was named the Saints’ DC.

16 comments:

garcia said...

The only thing I do not like about the hiring is that this process has shown McCarthy passivity.

If you want a coordinator, go out and get him. Don't sit back and wait for your third option. Listen, Dom Capers could be great for the Pack and I'm not knocking the choice... I'm just upset over MM's nonchalant attitude toward the whole process... as if it doesn't matter which coordinators we have.

Shoot we could have had MM's 8th choice and he would have been the perfect fit. Show some assertiveness, Woman! On and off the field!

Anonymous said...

I agree he should have sought out Capers earlier. He's a better coach than Williams or Nolan in my opinion. Although calling Mac passive is a little over the top, he had the stones to agree to trade the Drama Queen.

But come training camp, no one will remember (or care) about the interview process.

It's a results league and I think we got a good one in Capers.

Anonymous said...

Can't wait for the press conference where like every DC ever hired in the history of the NFL, Capers will say that the defense will be more aggressive and will blitz more, just to make the fans and media happy, only to never actually see it happen on the field.

DOGY said...

You guys see that Harden is hurt again?

alan said...

Garcia: How was McCarthy passive?

Just because Capers was the third interview means he was his third choice?

The Packers never made an offer to Nolan or Williams, so I don't know where everybody thinks the Packers "settled" for Capers.

Justin said...

Of all the guys they interviewed, Capers is the best. Gregg Williams is a turd who thrives only under the right personnel, Nolan is way overrated as it's easy to look like a genius coaching Ray Lewis, Terrell Suggs, Ed Reed, etc., and while Jim Haslett is known for having good defenses, the numbers would dictate otherwise. Plus Haslett is the type of guy always looking for the next promotion, i.e. to take control of the team.

I think they got the best guy of all the applicants they interviewed.

garcia said...

alan... don't say everybody, when I was the only one that said it.

second... i suppose i was going by the media, i mean that is where we get most of our information. When Nolan was in for interviews the consensus seemed to have been that this was going to be the guy that MM wanted, then when he went elsewhere the idea was that McCarthy was going after Williams and then when he signed, that made Capers the 3rd option

third... I believe he's being passive because while everyone was getting their coordinators settled, McCarthy sat back and waited for the smoke to clear. From my point of view he should have been more aggressive in going after what HE wanted and to me it seems as if HE settled. This is by no means a rip on Capers, he could be great for the Pack (I hope).

garcia said...

What is redeeming about the hire is that Capers is highly regarded and that McCarthy seemed to learn from his mistakes... whether or not Nolan or Williams would have been good or bad...it seemed that McCarthy wanted the first two, didn't get them and then became more aggressive with Capers. I just wish he was more aggressive in general. Go get what you want!

Goldy said...

Re; Harden

"Slight" rotator cuff tear doesn't sound good if you are a pitcher. Doesn't Sheets get a slight rotator cuff tear every other seaon?

Justin said...

if by slight you mean massive, and rotator cuff you mean vagina, then yeah Sheets gets that every year.

DOGY said...

Sheets got a massive vagina tear each year?!?! What is he, the Duggar lady?

ArmChairGM said...

"What is redeeming about the hire is that Capers is highly regarded and that McCarthy seemed to learn from his mistakes"
If only TT learned from his mistakes, or even admitted making mistakes, this defense would have more talent than it does. Most DC's are only as good as the players they have to work with and I am not sure how good the Packers players are.

Matt said...

Here is what Mike McCarthy said today, according to JS:

"Our starting point will be the 3-4. I'm a big believer in the 3-4 defense for a number of reasons. From an offensive standpoint it creates targeting problems. It gives you an ability to utilize your personnel. That doesn't mean we won't line up (ever) in a four man front. We'll move in and out of both four man and three man fronts."

Obviously, McCarthy was such a big believer in the 3-4 defense that it took him until his 4th year as head coach to utilize it.

DOGY said...

HAHAHAHA!


Though ,i love the 3-4....

blueguitarbob said...

It is not clear when New England agreed to let Capers interview for other teams. He may not have been officially available last week. We will never know, either, because teams keep their comments about coaching staff contracts very quiet.

In the same way, we don't know if Nolan or Williams were offered the DC job after their interviews. Again, the teams will stay quiet about those things, so we will never know.

I'm thinking that McCarthy was waiting to see if more coordinators became available for interviews after their teams lost this weekend. Maybe they had their eye on Sean McDermott, maybe that was his agent stirring up the media. Somehow, Capers entered the mix late last week. I'd like to hear how that happened, but we'll probably have to wait 20 years for his book to come out. Anyway, Capers is at another level from the other candidates, in terms of experience and record. Nolan, Williams, McDermott, and Haslett aren't even in the same ballpark. It's a great hire.

brad said...

Matt - God#4 probably said he didn't want Green Bay to run a 3-4, so MM had to wait...