Dom Capers is one of the most respected coaches in football, boasting nearly 50 years of experience between college and the NFL. After spending the 2019 season with the Jacksonville Jaguars, Capers is joining a Super Bowl contender up north.
The Minnesota Vikings announced on Monday that they are hiring Capers to serve as a senior defensive assistant. Capers spent the 2019 season in the same role with the Jaguars.
The 69-year-old coach is credited with helping Jaguars defensive studs Calais Campbell, Josh Allen and Yannick Ngakoue form one of the NFL’s best pass rushing trios.
Prior to his brief stint in Jacksonville, Capers spent the better part of the previous 10 years as defensive coordinator of the Green Bay Packers.
The #Vikings have added Dom Capers to the 2020 coaching staff as senior defensive assistant.
— Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) February 10, 2020
Capers’ NFL coaching career includes two stints as a head coach of expansion teams. In 1995 he was named head coach of the Panthers, and had them in the NFC Championship Game in their second year. He was let go in 1998 after going 30-34 in four seasons.
In 2002, Capers was named head coach of the expansion Houston Texans. But they went through four losing seasons and he was fired after going 18-46.
Capers found his greatest success as the defensive coordinator of the Green Bay Packers, a role he held from 2009 to 2017.
In his first two years in Green Bay, the Packers had a top five defense, made the playoffs twice and won Super Bowl XLV.
What kind of an impact will Capers have with the Minnesota Vikings in 2020?