Dom Capers
Date of birth (1950-08-07) August 7, 1950 (age 67)
Place of birth Cambridge, Ohio
Position(s) Defensive Coordinator
College Mount Union
Awards AP NFL Coach of the Year (1996)
Regular season 48-80-0
Postseason 1-1
Career record 49-81-0
Coaching stats Pro Football Reference
Coaching stats DatabaseFootball
Team(s) as a coach/administrator
















Kent State
(Graduate Assistant)
(Graduate Assistant)
(Defensive Backs Coach)
San José State
(Defensive Backs Coach)
(Defensive Backs Coach)
(Defensive Backs Coach)
Ohio State
(Defensive Backs Coach)
Philadelphia/Baltimore Stars
(Defensive Backs Coach)
New Orleans Saints
(Defensive Backs Coach)
Pittsburgh Steelers
(Defensive Coordinator)
Carolina Panthers
(Head Coach)
Jacksonville Jaguars
(Defensive Coordinator)
Houston Texans
(Head Coach)
Miami Dolphins
(Special Assistant to the Head Coach)
Miami Dolphins
(Defensive Coordinator)
New England Patriots
(Special Assistant/Secondary)
Green Bay Packers
(Defensive Coordinator)

Ernest Dominic "Dom" Capers (born August 7, 1950 in Cambridge, Ohio) is an American football coach, the current defensive coordinator of the Green Bay Packers, and the only man to serve two different National Football League expansion teams as their inaugural head coach.

Early yearsEdit

After playing football for the Meadowbrook Colts in Byesville, Ohio Capers attended Mount Union College in Alliance, Ohio where he played linebacker and defensive tackle. He is a brother of the Alpha Nu chapter of Alpha Tau Omega.

Coaching careerEdit


He began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Kent State University and the University of Washington. Later he was an assistant coach at Hawaii, San Jose State, California, Tennessee and Ohio State.


After a stint in the USFL, he began his NFL career as an assistant with the New Orleans Saints and was named defensive coordinator of the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1992, including a trip to the AFC Championship game in 1994. He remained with the Steelers until becoming head coach of the expansion Carolina Panthers in 1995. After 1995's 7–9 season, a record breaking mark for an expansion team, the Panthers went to the NFC Championship game in 1996. Continuing to spend against the salary cap, and eventually taking control of personnel matters in 1997, the Panthers went 7–9, followed by a dismal 4–12 season in 1998, at the end of which he was terminated.

After being let go from the Panthers, he served as an assistant with the Jacksonville Jaguars until becoming the head coach of the expansion Houston Texans on January 21, 2001. After starting out 4–12 (2002) and 5–11 (2003) in his first two seasons in Houston, the Texans posted a 7–9 mark in 2004.

Capers was known for his abilities as a defensive coach, and for his conservative play-calling on offense. Several TV announcers were known to predict Texans plays on occasion. He was also famous because he kept a 17 hour per day work schedule and sleeping just five hours per night, often on a couch in his office.

The Texans announced in 2005 following their record of 2-14 (worst in NFL) that Capers would be fired January 2, 2006.

On January 23, 2006, the Miami Dolphins announced the hiring of Dom Capers as the team's defensive coordinator. There, he served as assistant head coach. With an annual salary of $2.6 million, Capers was the highest paid assistant coach in the NFL, alongside Washington Redskins assistant head coach Gregg Williams. On Thursday, January 3, 2008, Dom Capers was fired along with all offensive and defensive coaches. It was said that the new head coach may hire the assistants back.[1]

On January 29, 2008, Capers interviewed with the Dallas Cowboys for the vacant linebackers coach position. It is rumored that he was offered the defensive coordinator or defensive consultant position.[2]

On February 21, 2008, Capers was hired by the Patriots as their secondary coach/special assistant, replacing Joel Collier.

On January 19, 2009, Capers was named the Green Bay Packers defensive coordinator by head coach Mike McCarthy and general manager Ted Thompson, where he replaced the 4-3 defense Green Bay has used since 1992 with the 3-4 he used in Miami.[3] Green Bay's defensive ranking in his first year improved to second in the league in 2009, from 21st in the league in 2008.[4] In spite of being decimated by injuries in the 2010 season, Capers' defense got even better. The defensive unit ranked 2nd in Scoring Defense, 5th in Total Defense, 2nd in Interceptions, 2nd in Sacks, and 1st in Opposing Quarterback Passer Rating.[5]

Head coaching recordEdit

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
WonLostTiesWin %Finish Won Lost Win % Result
CAR1995 790.4384th in NFC West - - - -
CAR1996 1240.750 1st in NFC West 1 1 .500 Lost to Green Bay Packers in NFC Championship Game.
CAR1997 790.4382nd in NFC West - - - -
CAR1998 4120.2504th in NFC West - - - -
CAR Total30340.46811.500
HOU2002 4120.2504th in AFC South - - - -
HOU2003 5110.3124th in AFC South - - - -
HOU2004 790.4373rd in AFC South - - - -
HOU2005 2140.1254th in AFC South - - - -
HOU Total18460.281 - - -
Total[6]48800.375 1 1 .500


External linksEdit

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Bob Sanders
Green Bay Packers Defensive Coordinator
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Richard Smith
Miami Dolphins Defensive Coordinator
Succeeded by
Paul Pasqualoni
Preceded by
no one; was original coach
Houston Texans Head Coach
Succeeded by
Gary Kubiak
Preceded by
Dick Jauron
Jacksonville Jaguars Defensive Coordinator
Succeeded by
Gary Moeller
Preceded by
no one; was original coach
Carolina Panthers Head Coach
Succeeded by
George Seifert
Preceded by
Dave Brazil
Pittsburgh Steelers Defensive Coordinator
Succeeded by
Dick LeBeau
Preceded by
Mark Hatley
New Orleans Saints Defensive Backs coach
Succeeded by
Jim L. Mora

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