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Tuesday, January 15, 2013
BBAO: Arguing to keep Dom Capers

By Kevin Seifert

We're Black and Blue All Over:

As we noted late Monday night, we are now waiting for the Chicago Bears to complete the second round of interviews in their coaching search. We are also waiting to find out if the Green Bay Packers will make any coaching staff changes after their defense's embarrassing performance in Saturday night's divisional playoff loss to the San Francisco 49ers.

Coach Mike McCarthy is scheduled to meet with reporters Tuesday at 5 p.m. ET. Assistant coaches will follow. I'm not sure if there is anything to be read into the timing of their availability, but generally speaking, teams don't put assistant coaches in position to speak publicly if their futures are truly in question.

I've suggested that defensive coordinator Dom Capers' tenure should at least come under review after the 49ers gained 323 rushing yards, and 579 total, amid some pointed remarks from players in the postgame locker room. Meanwhile, Mike Vandermause of the Green Bay Press-Gazette has a column that strongly advocates for Capers' return.
Vandermause: "[T]his is no time for an emotional, knee-jerk over-reaction. Capers should be judged by his large body of work, not a handful of games. This is the same defensive coordinator who played a major role two years ago in the Packers' Super Bowl championship by coaching up a patchwork, injury-plagued unit."

We'll see what McCarthy has to say on the topic, if anything, this afternoon.

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