Vikings Hire Dom Capers as Senior Defensive Assistant

Today the Vikings' coaching staff expanded with the hire of long time Defensive Coordinator, Dom Capers, as Senior Defensive Assistant

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The Move: The Vikings Hire Dom Capers for the role of Senior Defensive Assistant

The Resumè: 33 Years as a Coach or Assistant in the NFL, 16 Years as a Defensive Coordinator, 9 Years as a Head Coach, Recently served as Jacksonville’s Senior Defensive Assistant last season, longest tenured job was as the Packers DC, Coached 4 Defensive Players of the Year, and won a Super bowl with the Packers (yuck)

The *assumed* Reasoning: With Andre Patterson and Adam Zimmer sharing the newly open role of DC, while they still remain positional coaches (Defensive line and Linebackers). The hire of a more than established former coach and coordinator might try to help take the pressure off of the two Co-DC’s. Also, the only potential downside to bringing in someone like Capers is the “too many cooks in the kitchen” concept, but that idea was disproved in Minnesota last season when the Vikings had Kevin Stefanski, Gary Kubiak, and Rick Dennison all in the offensive game planning room.

What this could mean: One way to see this move is a safety net, a back up plan if Adam Zimmer and Andre Patterson do not live up to expectations. Also, Capers has been around plenty of great defensive players and with the Vikings potentially moving on from the past nucleus of Waynes, Alexander, Rhodes, Joseph, and Griffen, Capers could almost serve a developmental role for the influx of young, or new, defensive players. 

My takeaway: I think this is a low risk, low reward type of hiring. Capers is established and while he may not have a great history, he has a lengthy history. He also isn’t exactly serving a extremely vital role, although his role isn’t exactly defined, I still expect Zim and the Co-DCs to do most of the game planning, with Capers playing the advisory role. Capers in his last season with GB, had a pretty solid unit versus the ground game in 2017 something the Vikings – and Zimmer look to improve upon – in 2020.

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      The Move: The Vikings Hire Dom Capers for the role of Senior Defensive Assistant The Resumè: 33 Years as a Coach or Assistant in the NFL, 16 Years as
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      What do you think about this hire?

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      shoeless6Joe Oberle
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      Hmmmmm. This is a tough one. If we look at it in terms of Jerry Gray for Dom Capers, I want backsies. Seriously, I am not sure about this one. Does this undermine the authority you just gave Patterson and Adam Zimmer? I am not a big fan of hiring the guy that held the Packers defense down for so long. But the guy does have some cred in the league. So, who knows.

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      I am actually fine with the hire. Bringing in a fresh mind, even though he wasn’t successful as of late, can spark some innovation in a defensive scheme. We all know its Zimmer’s defense and he has the final say in regards to play calling and scheme, so I don’t see a problem with bringing someone in to contribute more ideas.

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      KjoconKirby O’Connor
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      I think a lot was made of “too many cooks” last offseason with the hire of Kubiak. The success of the offense made it clear that having more great football minds in the room, as long as the are able to work together, is a good thing. Like Ben said, if Zimmer has final say, I trust the process.

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