The Jaguars know that need Improvement across the board and they’ve reached back to their past to bring in a veteran defensive mind whom football boss Tom Coughlin is very familiar and comfortable with bringing to North Florida.
Former Panthers and Texans head coach and longtime defensive coordinator of the Green Bay Packers most recently, Dom Capers is back with the teal and white.
Dom Capers has been hired as a senior defensive assistant.
He brings 31 years of NFL coaching experience, including 17 as a defensive coordinator.
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Head coach Doug Marrone said in the statement released by the Jaguars:
“Dom Capers is one of the most respected defensive coaches in the game today, and he has been for many years. His defenses have long been among the most effective and productive in the NFL. He has career experiences and accomplishments that will benefit our coaches and our players. He adds a unique perspective and veteran presence that will be valuable assets to immediately help us. I look forward to working with Dom and having him on our staff.”
Capers was the original head coach of the expansion Carolina Panthers from 1995 – 98 leading them to the verge of the Super Bowl in his second year 1996. After being fired two years later, he jumped to their expansion rival, Jacksonville, for the 1999 – 2000 seasons, as defensive coordinator under Coughlin.
The ’99 team went 14 – 2, winning the division and went to the AFC Championship Game. Capers run in Green Bay from 2009-17 (above) included a Super Bowl 45 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers.
And although the statement says that he “will work closely with defensive coordinator Tom Wash” and the team’s defensive coaches, you wonder if Capers isn’t going to have a bigger role and say so in the defense week to week?
Jacksonville regressed in all areas, including most importantly, the win column after a magical turn around 10 – 6 season of 2017. They went from being one of the darlings of the NFL, winning two playoff games and going to the AFC title game in 2017, to a sour 5 and 11 year, where at one point they lost eight out of nine games in the middle of last season.
The Jags do have a strong defensive foundation with veterans like Calais Campbell and A.J. Bouye mixed with young stars like Telvin Smith and Jalen Ramsey, but must be improved in 2019 or it’s likely owner Shad Khan will make lots of changes.
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