Capers agrees to take over Packers defense

The Green Bay Packers have reached an agreement in principle with Dom Capers to become the team’s next defensive coordinator, coach Mike McCarthy announced at a news conference Monday.

Capers replaces Bob Sanders, who was fired two weeks ago along with five other assistant coaches, including four on defense.

Capers, who was a special assistant to Bill Belichick with the Patriots last season, has 23 years of NFL coaching experience: defensive backs coach, Saints (1986-91); defensive coordinator, Steelers (1992-94); head coach, Panthers (1995-98); defensive coordinator, Jaguars (1999-2000); head coach, Texans (2001-05); special assistant, Dolphins (2006) and defensive coordinator, Dolphins (2007).

The only defensive coaches to keep their jobs from last season’s staff under Sanders were assistant head coach/linebackers Winston Moss and defensive quality control coach Joe Whitt Jr.

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