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Packers officially part ways with defensive coordinator Dom Capers

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For years, Green Bay Packers fans have lobbied for the franchise to part ways with defensive coordinator Dom Capers given the team’s struggles on that side of the ball. On Monday, it finally happened.

Per ESPN’s Rob Demovsky, Packers head coach Mike McCarthy fired Capers following Green Bay’s 35-11 loss to the Detroit Lions to wrap up a disappointing 2017 season.

Capers served as Green Bay’s defensive coordinator for nine years, dating back to 2009. When the Packers won the Super Bowl in 2010, they finished in the top five in both yards and points against. Since then, they’ve regularly finished in the 20s in both categories.

In addition to Capers, inside linebackers coach Scott McCurley and defensive line coach Mike Trgovac were relieved of their duties as Green Bay completely overhauls their coaching staff on that side of the ball.

What began as a promising season for the Packers ended in disappointment. After a 4-1 start, star quarterback Aaron Rodgers broke his collarbone and the offense failed to drive the ball consistently with Brett Hundley under center. They went 3-8 over their final 11 games, finishing 7-9 while missing the playoffs for the first time since 2008.

According to Demovsky, in-house candidates to replace Capers could be defensive associate head coach Winston Moss, cornerbacks coach Joe Whitt Jr., safeties coach Darren Perry, and defensive line coach Mike Trgovac.