As expected, Capers leaves Patriots, too

January, 19, 2009
1/19/09
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

The New England Patriots have lost another highly respected assistant coach.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports Dom Capers, a longtime defensive coordinator and former head coach, will join the Green Bay Packers as defensive coordinator.

Capers was with New England only one season as secondary coach. His departure was expected because he was overqualified for the job. He was a luxury hire for the Patriots, who found a place for him after the Miami Dolphins cleaned house a year ago.

He had been linked to the New York Giants' defensive coordinator job vacated by new St. Louis Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo, and was rumored to be joining former Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels with the Denver Broncos.

The Patriots this month also lost vice president of player personnel Scott Pioli, now the Kansas City Chiefs' general manager, and special teams fixture Brad Seely, who was named assistant head coach and coordinator for the Cleveland Browns.

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