Packers fire DC Capers after nine seasons

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The Green Bay Packers have fired defensive coordinator Dom Capers after nine seasons, according to multiple reports.

Coach Mike McCarthy dismissed Capers after the season-ending 35-11 loss to the Detroit Lions that dropped the Packers to a disappointing 7-9 record.

Capers took over the Green Bay defense in 2009, and his fifth-ranked defense helped the Packers win Super Bowl XLV following the 2010 season.

The Packers' defense finished 22nd overall this season in yards allowed per game. The defensive unit also ranked 26th in scoring defense, 23rd in passing yards allowed, 17th against the run and 17th in sacks.

Capers' defense hasn't finished in the top 10 since the Super Bowl season. The Packers finished outside the top 15 in defensive rankings six of the past seven years.

The 67-year-old Capers said last month that he planned to coach "as long as I enjoy it."

The Packers also fired inside linebackers coach Scott McCurley and defensive line coach Mike Trgovac, according to ESPN.

Possible candidates to succeed Capers include defensive coordinators Vic Fangio of the Chicago Bears, Gregg Williams of the Cleveland Browns and Steve Spagnuolo of the New York Giants, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported.