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Packers shaking up coaching staff following rough 7-9 season Ronald Martinez/Getty Images
ARLINGTON, TX - JANUARY 15: Green Bay Packers Defensive Coordinator Dom Capers is seen on the field during warmups prior to the NFC Divisional Playoff game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium on January 15, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

The Green Bay Packers just missed the playoffs and had a losing season for the first time since 2008, and the franchise has already made a shakeup to the coaching staff for next year.

ESPN’s Rob Demovsky reported that the Packers have fired defensive coordinator Dom Capers, who has been the DC since 2009.

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Green Bay finished 7-9 on the year, and most of the struggles can be attributed to Aaron Rodgers breaking his clavicle during a Week 6 loss to the Minnesota Vikings.

But the Packers finished 22nd in total defense, and they finished 26th overall in points allowed. Capers, 67, has been an assistant in the NFL since 1986, and he’s coached eight different franchises as an assistant or head coach.

Demovsky said there will likely be other changes made on the defensive side of the ball following the firing of Capers.

Green Bay is usually among the most patient of any franchise with making coaching changes, but they were needed after weaknesses were exposed on both sides of the ball following the injury to Rodgers.

Cole Frederick About the author:
Cole Frederick is from a small town in Alabama, and he graduated from the University of Mississippi with a degree in journalism. He loves all sports - especially football and basketball - and quotes The Office frequently.
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