Lions rent Dom Capers as senior defensive assistant

The Detroit Lions have employed former NFL head coach Dom Capers as a senior defensive assistant, the franchise introduced on Friday.

This would be the 70-year-old’s’ third stint in such a job. He was beforehand a senior defensive assistant for the Minnesota Vikings and the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Capers was the top coach of the Carolina Panthers from 1995-98 and the Houston Texans from 2002-05. He was the primary head coach every crew ever had and was employed to guide each throughout their inaugural seasons.

Capers struggled as a head coach, recording only one successful season out of eight and going 48-80 general.

He joins the employees of recent Detroit Lions head coach Dan Campbell, who was employed by the crew on January 20. Campbell changed Matt Patricia, who was fired in November after three seasons.

Campbell has not too long ago been busy hiring his Detroit Lions employees. He appointed Duce Staley as assistant head coach/operating backs coach, Mark Brunell as quarterbacks coach and Mark DeLeone as inside linebackers coach.

Detroit Lions getting defensive guru in Dom Capers

Regardless of his lackluster tenures as a head coach, Dom Capers will nonetheless deliver appreciable defensive information to the Detroit Lions.

Capers has primarily been a defensive coach throughout his lengthy profession, which began in 1972 when he was a graduate assistant at Kent State.

He served as a defensive backs coach for quite a few colleges earlier than taking the identical place with a USFL crew in 1984 after which with the New Orleans Saints two years later.

The Panthers employed Capers away from the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1995 to be the franchise’s first head coach. He had been the Steelers’ defensive coordinator.

Capers’ finest season with Carolina was his second, when the Panthers went 12-4, received the NFC West and superior to the convention championship recreation. Nevertheless, the crew by no means eclipsed seven wins in his different three campaigns, and Capers was fired after a 4-12 season in 1998.

After a stint because the Jaguars’ defensive coordinator, the Texans employed Capers to guide the brand new franchise. His luck in Texas was even worse than in Carolina, and he was fired after a 2-14 end in 2005 that culminated four-straight shedding seasons.

Since being fired by the Texans, Capers served as defensive coordinator of the Miami Dolphins and the Inexperienced Bay Packers, with a job as a particular assistant/secondary coach on the New England Patriots in between.

Printed 30 Jan 2021, 06:28 IST

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