Well, with no more than ONE game in the books, many in Packernation are already calling for Dom Capers to be fired. The performance of the defense against the Seahawks was enough to convince fans who were already skeptical from last season, that it is time for Dom to go.
While some would say that anyone who wants Capers fired is just a “hater”, I disagree. People who want Dom Capers fired are not Dom Capers haters…they’re Packers lovers. Those who feel that Dom should stay are Packers lovers too though, so where is is the middle way?
To me, the impulse to fire Dom Capers is exactly that…an impulse. It is natural to be peeved (to say the least) at the defensive coordinator. The defense laid an egg last Thursday, no question about it. They couldn’t tackle, didn’t get sacks, couldn’t cover Percy Harvin, and had no answer for either Marshawn Lynch OR Russell Wilson. They were drubbed.
But firing Dom Capers will do nothing but destabilize an already unstable side of the ball. Here’s why I think it is a bad idea:
1. The problem was not calls but fundamentals
Other than the inability to handle Percy Harvin (when this guy is on the field he is special), the problems in the Seahawks game were more about fundamental football. While Mike McCarthy was clear that there was need for better communication by the coaches (on both sides of the ball), fundamental football was lacking as well and this comes down to the players. We have some young players, but that is no excuse for not being able to tackle. We may have had a less than ideal call on from time to time, which happens no matter who the coordinator is. Still, the players make the plays.
2. The Inside Linebackers are crucial but weak
In Dom’s scheme, like it or not, the DL’s are meant to handle two gaps, freeing up the linebackers to make plays. BJ…you are missed. Unfortunately, the Packers inside linebackers are anything but playmakers. I expected AJ Hawk to show up in this game and he did not. But Brad Jones was the Pariah of the defense to me. The problems began up front but Brad just seemed to be out of position the entire game. Bring in a new coordinator, that problem doesn’t go away.
3. It’s ONE game!
I know that people who want Dom gone are carrying over their angst from last season but I still don’t think one game with the retooled defense is a large enough sample size. We have a lot of new moving pieces that need to gel and I think Dom deserves the season to prove he can make it work. Add to that the fact that removing a coordinator in the season usually just makes things worse. I don’t think firing Dom is a good idea at all at this point. But here’s a poll:
Well, that is what I think Packernation. But what are your thoughts? Let me know in the comments section below, and as always…Dom Capers or no…