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Jaguars hire former Packers DC Dom Capers as defensive assistant

By Alex Butler
Jaguars hire former Packers DC Dom Capers as defensive assistant
Dom Capers (R) was the defensive coordinator for the Green Bay Packers under former head coach Mike McCarthy (L) before being fired after the 2017 season. The Jacksonville Jaguars hired Capers as a defensive assistant Tuesday. File Photo by David Tulis/UPI | License Photo

Feb. 19 (UPI) -- The Jacksonville Jaguars have hired former Green Bay Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers to serve as a defensive assistant.

Jacksonville announced the hire Tuesday.

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"Dom Capers is one of the most respected defensive coaches in the game today, and he has been for many years," Jaguars coach Doug Marrone said in a news release. "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, 68, was the Packers' defensive coordinator from 2009 through 2017. He also has head coaching experience, posting a 48-80 record in eight seasons with the Carolina Panthers and Houston Texans. He entered the NFL coaching ranks in 1986 as a defensive backs coach for the New Orleans Saints. Capers also held defensive coaching roles with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Miami Dolphins.

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He was the Jaguars' defensive coordinator in 1999 and 2000.

The Packers fired Capers on Jan. 1, 2018, and went on to hire Mike Pettine. Todd Walsh has served as the Jaguars' defensive coordinator since 2016.

Jacksonville had the fifth-best defense in terms of yards allowed in 2018 after ranking second in 2017.

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