Dom Capers

Ernest Dominic "Dom" Capers (born August 7, 1950) is an American football coach working as a defensive assistant for the Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football League. Capers served as the head coach for the National Football League (NFL)'s Carolina Panthers from 1995 to 1998 and for the Houston Texans from 2002 to 2005 during both teams' first years in the league. He is the only individual to serve two different NFL expansion teams as their inaugural head coach. Capers has also served as an assistant coach, most prominently as the defensive coordinator of the Green Bay Packers from 2009 to 2017, with whom he helped win a Super Bowl title in XLV.

Dom Capers
Head and shoulders photograph of Capers wearing a white Green Bay Packers t-shirt and white Packers baseball cap
Capers in August 2011
Jacksonville Jaguars
Position:Senior defensive assistant
Personal information
Born:August 7, 1950 (age 68)
Cambridge, Ohio
Career information
High school:Byesville (OH) Meadowbrook
College:Mount Union
Career history
As coach:
Career highlights and awards
As head coach
As assistant coach
Head coaching record
Regular season:48–80 (.375)
Postseason:1–1 (.500)
Career:49–81 (.377)
Coaching stats at PFR

Early years

After playing high school 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 fraternity.

Coaching career


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, University of California, Berkeley, 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 posted a 12–4 record in 1996 and advanced to the NFC Championship game, where they were defeated by the Green Bay Packers. This would end up being Capers' only winning season as a head coach, as well as the only season where his team qualified for the playoffs. 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. However, the Texans dropped to a record of 2–14 in 2005 and Capers was fired.

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.

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 had 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]

On September 12, 2010, Capers' defense finished the season ranked 2nd in scoring defense, 5th in total defense, 2nd in interceptions, 2nd in sacks, and 1st in opposing quarterback passer rating, in spite of being decimated by injuries during the 2010 season.[5]

On February 6, 2011, Capers led a 5th ranked defensive squad and helped the Packers win the Super Bowl. During the playoff run his team had a pick 6 in the final 3 playoff games that year; Divisional Round (Williams), Championship game (Raji), and in Super Bowl 45 (Collins.)

On January 1, 2018, he was fired as the defensive coordinator of the Green Bay Packers by head coach Mike McCarthy. [6]

On February 19, 2019, the Jacksonville Jaguars announced that Capers will join their coaching staf as a senior defensive assistant.[7]

Head coaching record

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
CAR 1995 7 9 0 .438 4th in NFC West - - - -
CAR 1996 12 4 0 .750 1st in NFC West 1 1 .500 Lost to Green Bay Packers in NFC Championship Game.
CAR 1997 7 9 0 .438 2nd in NFC West - - - -
CAR 1998 4 12 0 .250 4th in NFC West - - - -
CAR Total 30 34 0 .468 1 1 .500
HOU 2002 4 12 0 .250 4th in AFC South - - - -
HOU 2003 5 11 0 .312 4th in AFC South - - - -
HOU 2004 7 9 0 .437 3rd in AFC South - - - -
HOU 2005 2 14 0 .125 4th in AFC South - - - -
HOU Total 18 46 0 .281 - - -
Total[8] 48 80 0 .375 1 1 .500


  1. ^ ESPN: Fins to make Capers highest-paid assistant
  2. ^ Dallas Morning News: Dom Capers will interview with Dallas Cowboys
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  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on October 27, 2010. Retrieved November 8, 2010.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
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  8. ^ Dom Capers Record, Statistics, and Category Ranks -

External links

1995 NFL Draft

The 1995 NFL draft was the procedure by which National Football League teams selected amateur college football players. It is officially known as the NFL Annual Player Selection Meeting. The draft was held April 22–23, 1995 at the Paramount Theatre at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York. At the time of the draft, the Raiders were still based in Los Angeles. They would officially return to Oakland after a 13-year hiatus in July 1995. Additionally, the former Los Angeles Rams had gotten approval to move to St. Louis shortly before the draft on April 13 (they would return to Los Angeles in 2016). The league also held a supplemental draft after the regular draft and before the regular season.

There were 32 picks in the first round of this draft as the two expansion teams each received two extra picks between the first and second rounds. The Carolina Panthers, having selected second in the 1995 NFL Expansion Draft, were awarded the first overall pick in this draft and the Jacksonville Jaguars, having picked first in the expansion draft, selected second. The Panthers, however, traded their number one pick to the Cincinnati Bengals for the Bengals' fifth overall pick and their fourth pick in the second round. The Panthers were also stripped of two later supplemental picks, numbers 61 and 191, for improperly recruiting the Pittsburgh Steelers Defensive Coordinator, Dom Capers, as their Head Coach.This marked only the third time to date in NFL History that two Hall of Fame players were selected by the same team in the same round (the other being the Bears in 1965 draft and the Ravens in the 1996 NFL Draft.) The Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected Warren Sapp with the 12th overall pick and Derrick Brooks with the 28th overall pick. The two future Hall of Famers would go on to lead a strong defense which contributed heavily to the win in Super Bowl XXXVII.

1996 Carolina Panthers season

The 1996 Carolina Panthers season was the second season for the team in the National Football League. They improved upon their 7–9 record in 1995, and made it to the playoffs for the first time in franchise history.

The Panthers would be a huge surprise, as it would turn out, as the Panthers won their last seven games of the season to finish the season with a 12–4 record. The result was that the Panthers won the NFC West, and had a first round bye in the 1996 NFL Playoffs. The Panthers would then beat the Dallas Cowboys 26–17 before falling 30–13 to the eventual Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers.

The Panthers did not return to the playoffs until 2003.

1997 Pro Bowl

The 1997 Pro Bowl was the NFL's all-star game for the 1996 season. The game was played on February 2, 1997, at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii. The final score was AFC 26, NFC 23. Mark Brunell of the Jacksonville Jaguars was the game's MVP. In the game, Brunell threw for 236 yards. He connected with the Oakland Raiders Tim Brown for an 80-yard touchdown to tie the game at 23 with only 44 seconds to go.

The referee was Larry Nemmers.

To date, this is the most recent Pro Bowl that went to overtime.

1998 Carolina Panthers season

The 1998 Carolina Panthers season was the fourth season for the team in the National Football League. They tried to improve upon their 7-9 record in 1997, and make it to the playoffs for the second time in franchise history.

As it would turn out, however, the Panthers fell to 4–12 in 1998 and fourth of five teams in the NFC West. Dom Capers, who had been the Panthers head coach since their inception in 1995, was fired at the end of the season, and replaced by George Seifert.

1999 Carolina Panthers season

The 1999 Carolina Panthers season was the fifth season for the team in the National Football League. They tried to improve upon their 4–12 record in 1998, and make it to the playoffs for the second time in franchise history.

On January 4, 1999, George Seifert was hired as the second head coach in Panthers history. Under George Seifert, who replaced Dom Capers as head coach, the Panthers went 8–8, their first exactly .500 record in franchise history.

1999 Jacksonville Jaguars season

The 1999 Jacksonville Jaguars season was the team's fifth year in the National Football League. Wide receiver Jimmy Smith set a franchise record for most receptions and receiving yards in one season. Smith would finish second in the NFL in receiving yards with 1,636 yards. The Jaguars’ regular season record of 14–2 still stands as their best record in franchise history, but this would be the last time Jacksonville won any division title until they won the AFC South title in 2017.

The Jaguars hired former Carolina Panthers head coach Dom Capers to be their defensive coordinator. Under Capers, the team went from 25th in 1998 to 4th in 1999 in total defense. The Jaguars defense yielded the fewest points in the NFL with 217 (an average of 13.6 points per game).Pro Football Reference, however, argues that the 1999 Jaguars gained the fifth-easiest schedule of any NFL team between 1971 and 2017 inclusive. Both regular season losses were to the Tennessee Titans, and they lost again to Tennessee in the AFC Championship Game, making the Titans the only team to beat them the entire season. However, the only other occasion the Jaguars opposed an team with a winning record was their demolition of the 9–7 Dolphins in the divisional playoff. Most significantly, Jacksonville missed Super Bowl champion St. Louis, despite defeating the other four teams then comprising the NFC West – including a 41–3 destruction of the San Francisco 49ers on opening day – while their non-division conference opponents were Broncos and Jets outfits weakened by injuries to Terrell Davis and Vinny Testaverde.

2002 Houston Texans season

The 2002 Houston Texans season was the franchise's inaugural season and the city of Houston's first NFL season since the Houston Oilers left in 1997 to move to Tennessee to become the Titans. The Divisional Realignment also placed the Texans and Titans in the same division.

The Texans won their first-ever season game against the Dallas Cowboys 19–10 on Sunday Night Football. They were the first to do this since the 1961 Minnesota Vikings won 37–13 in their inaugural game. Head coach Dom Capers, who previously coached the expansion Carolina Panthers when they debuted in 1995, led the Texans to a 4–12 record.

2003 Houston Texans season

The 2003 Houston Texans season was the franchise's 2nd season in the National Football League and the 2nd under head coach Dom Capers. It saw the Texans make a one-game improvement on its initial season's record.

2004 Houston Texans season

The 2004 Houston Texans season was the franchise's 3rd season in the National Football League and the 3rd under head coach Dom Capers. It saw the Texans make a two-game improvement on its previous season record. This was the first season in franchise history where the Texans did not finish in last place in the AFC South. The Texans also earned their first victory over the Tennessee Titans, who preceded the Texans in Houston, this season.

2005 Houston Texans season

The 2005 Houston Texans season was the franchise's 4th season in the National Football League and the 4th and final season under head coach Dom Capers. The Texans completed the season with the worst record in franchise history (a record that would later be matched in 2013). This led to the Texans obtaining the first selection in the NFL Draft for the second time since the franchise formed in 2002. The team fired head coach Dom Capers after the season; he was replaced by Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak.

Blake Martinez

Blake Edmon Martinez (born January 9, 1994) is an American football inside linebacker for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League (NFL). He attended Canyon del Oro High School in Oro Valley, Arizona before attending Stanford University on a scholarship. At Stanford, he was a two-year starter at linebacker for the Cardinal where he was named to the first-team All-Pac-12 team in 2015. He was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL Draft.

Buffalo, Ohio

Buffalo is an unincorporated community and census-designated place in eastern Valley Township, Guernsey County, Ohio, United States. As of the 2010 census it had a population of 401. Although it is unincorporated, it has a post office, with the ZIP code of 43722. It lies along State Route 313.

Buffalo is the home town of NFL coach Dom Capers.

George Seifert

George Gerald Seifert (born January 22, 1940) is an American former football coach and player. He served as the head coach for the San Francisco 49ers and the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League (NFL). Seifert joined the 49ers' coaching staff under Bill Walsh in 1980 as defensive backs coach and served as the team's defensive coordinator from 1983 to 1988.

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix

Ha’Sean "Ha Ha" Treshon Clinton-Dix (born December 21, 1992) is an American football safety for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Alabama, winning two national championships. Clinton-Dix was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft, and was selected for the 2017 Pro Bowl.

History of the Carolina Panthers

The Carolina Panthers' history formally dates back to 1993, when the NFL awarded the franchise to Charlotte, North Carolina. The Panthers, along with the Jacksonville Jaguars, began play in the 1995 NFL season as expansion teams. They have played in Charlotte since 1996, winning six division titles and two NFC Championships. The Panthers were the first NFL franchise based in the Carolinas and the second professional sports team based in Charlotte, the first being the NBA's Charlotte Hornets.

List of Carolina Panthers head coaches

The Carolina Panthers are a professional American football club based in Charlotte, North Carolina. They play in the southern division of the National Football Conference (NFC), one of the two conferences of the National Football League (NFL). Since the team began play in 1995, there have been four head coaches. In the NFL, head coaches are responsible for managing the team and setting the game plan; play-calling duties are either made by the head coach or delegated by him to an assistant coach.The team's first head coach, Dom Capers, led the team for its first four seasons, recording a regular-season record of 30–34 (.469 winning percentage). in 1996. Capers was named coach of the year by Pro Football Weekly/PFWA in 1995 and 1996; he was also awarded coach of the year by several other organizations in 1996, including the Associated Press, the Maxwell Football Club, Sporting News, and United Press International. After Capers' dismissal following the 1998 season, the team brought in George Seifert as their second head coach. Over Seifert's three seasons the team never made the playoffs and the team had a regular-season record of 16–32 (.333 winning percentage). John Fox, the team's third coach, was the longest-tenured coach in team history. In his nine seasons as head coach the Panthers recorded a regular-season record of 73–71 (.507), the most wins for a head coach in team history, and a playoff record of 5–3. The team's fourth and current head coach, Ron Rivera, has served seven seasons as head coach and has a record of 64–47–1 (.576) during his tenure, with a 3–4 record in the playoffs. Rivera has the highest winning percentage of any coach in team history. Rivera has led the team to a record four playoff appearances, including three straight division titles.Of the four Panthers head coaches, only Seifert has not led the team to the playoffs. Capers led the team to a playoff appearance in the 1996 season, winning once at home before losing in the NFC Championship Game to the Green Bay Packers. Fox led the team to three playoff appearances (2003, 2005, and 2008), winning the NFC Championship in 2003 before losing in Super Bowl XXXVIII to the New England Patriots and making the NFC Championship game in 2005 before losing to the Seattle Seahawks. Rivera led the team to three straight playoff appearances from 2013 to 2015, culminating in a loss in Super Bowl 50. He returned the team to the playoffs in 2017, losing in the Wild Card round.

List of Houston Texans head coaches

There have been four head coaches of the Houston Texans, a professional American football team based in Houston, Texas, United States. The Texans play in the South Division of the American Football Conference (AFC) in the National Football League (NFL).

In 2002, the Texans entered the NFL as an expansion team, with Dom Capers (2002–05) as the team's first head coach. Capers was selected, in part, due to his success in having led the expansion Carolina Panthers to the playoffs in just their second season in the league.

After three straight seasons of consistent improvement, the Texans took a major step backward in 2005 with a 2–14 finish. At the end of the season, Capers was fired and replaced with Gary Kubiak (2006–2013), then the offensive coordinator for the Denver Broncos. Kubiak, a Houston native and alumnus of nearby Texas A&M, would eventually become the longest-tenured head coach in franchise history, coaching 125 games and posting a 61–64 record.

Kubiak earned several distinctions as head coach, having led the Texans to their first non-losing season (2007), their first winning season (2009), and their first division title, playoff appearance, and playoff win (2011). In both 2011 and 2012, the Texans won the AFC South and the first game of the playoffs but lost the divisional game the following week.

In 2013, the Texans started the season 2–0, but then lost their next 11 games. Kubiak was fired mid-season, on December 6, 2013 and was replaced on an interim basis by defensive coordinator Wade Phillips (2013, 3 games).

During the 2013 off-season, Bill O'Brien (2014–present) was hired to be the Texans' next head coach. O'Brien had previously served as head coach at Penn State and as offensive coordinator under Bill Belichick with the New England Patriots.

National Football League Coach of the Year Award

The National Football League Coach of the Year Award is presented annually by various news and sports organizations to the National Football League (NFL) head coach who has done the most outstanding job of working with the talent he has at his disposal. Currently, the most widely recognized award is presented by the Associated Press (AP), although in the past several awards received press recognition. First presented in 1957, the AP award did not include American Football League (AFL) teams. The Sporting News has given a pro football coach of the year award since 1947 and in 1949 gave its award to a non-NFL coach, Paul Brown of the All-America Football Conference's Cleveland Browns. Other NFL Coach of the Year awards are presented by Pro Football Weekly/Pro Football Writers of America and the Maxwell Football Club. The United Press International (UPI) NFL Coach of the Year award was first presented in 1955. From 1960 to 1969, before the AFL–NFL merger, an award was also given to the most outstanding coach from the AFL. When the leagues merged in 1970, separate awards were given to the best coaches from the American Football Conference (AFC) and National Football Conference (NFC). The UPI discontinued the awards after 1996.

Tony Hollings

Tony Terrell Hollings (born December 1, 1981 in Macon, Georgia) is a former American football running back. He was originally selected in the second round of the 2003 NFL Supplemental Draft out of Georgia Tech by the Houston Texans.

Because of knee surgery when he was at Georgia Tech, Hollings went nearly a year between games, but he regained durability throughout his rookie season and showed promise. On September 21 against the Kansas City Chiefs, in his first non-special teams action, he tore off 41 yards on 7 carries. He wound up starting a game late in the '03 season. Ex-coach Dom Capers said Hollings gave the team “some speed and burst”. Hollings was given the nickname "Superman" during his college career because of the way he "flew" over defensive opponents.

In 2008, he played for the Dresden Monarchs in the German Football League as starting Halfback. One year later he was traded to the Berlin Adler but suffered a season-ending injury.

Dom Capers—championships, awards, and honors

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