Will Capers change the Packers' scheme?

January, 18, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert

Scratch that earlier post about Green Bay's possible in interest in Philadelphia assistant Sean McDermott.

Dom Capers will become the Packers' next defensive coordinator, according to Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. The contract is not finalized, per the report, but it should be by Monday. Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel also has the story.

Capers was the fourth person Packers coach Mike McCarthy interviewed for the job. He was receiving interest from the New York Giants as well but apparently has opted for the Packers.

It will be interesting to see whether Capers' arrival brings a scheme change to Green Bay. He is said to favor a 3-4 defense but has also run a 4-3 at times during his career. The Packers, who used a 4-3 alignment since McCarthy arrived in 2006, fired defensive coordinator Bob Sanders and most of his staff earlier this month.

After being fired as Houston's head coach in 2005, Capers served as Miami's defensive coordinator for two seasons. He spent 2008 as a special assistant/secondary coach in New England.

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