I will be up front with all of you. I have been in Dom Capers’ corner for the last two seasons specifically.
When the defense completely tanked in 2011, finishing last in the NFL I was a believer that a coaching change was not needed, but rather more personnel. After last season’s debacle in the playoffs against the San Francisco 49ers, I was the same way. It was not Dom Capers fault that he was working with the likes of Erik Walden, a thin defensive line, and a complete liability at the safety position.
The words from various players that they were not prepared for quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s ability to run did not sit well with me, but it was something I was willing to look past.
Early in the season it looked foolish to be in that corner. The Packers faced the same team that knocked them out of the playoffs, and their defense was absolutely lit up. Kaepernick threw for more than 400 yards, 208 of which went to Anquan Boldin, the only viable 49ers receiving threat on the outside at the time. Those who were calling for Capers head were louder than ever.
Some of those calls quieted down when Capers defense turned in a dominant performance against the Washington Redskins, and played well enough to win against the Cincinnati Bengals going into the bye week. Read more... (1144 words, estimated 4:35 mins reading time)