By: Hays Carlyon
The Jaguars are adding some impressive brain power to their defense.
Hopefully, it makes them a little more unpredictable.
The team has hired Dom Capers as a senior defensive assistant to help coordinator Todd Wash. The 68-year-old Capers has an extensive resume in the NFL. He coached Carolina (1995-98) and Houston (2002-05) for four years each. He’s also spent 15 additional years as an NFL defensive coordinator, including a two-year run with the Jaguars in 1999-2000 under then-coach and current executive vice president of football operations Tom Coughlin.
Capers served as Green Bay’s defensive coordinator from 2009-17 before spending last season out of the league.
The depth of Capers’ responsibilities will be fascinating to watch under coach Doug Marrone.
“Dom Capers is one of the most respected defensive coaches in the game today, and he has been for many years,” Marrone said in a statement released by the team. “His defenses have long been among the most effective and productive in the NFL. He has career experiences and accomplishments that will benefit our coaches and our players. He adds a unique perspective and veteran presence that will be valuable assets to immediately help us. I look forward to working with Dom and having him on our staff.”
Former Jaguars coach Gus Bradley hired legendary NFL defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin to be a special assistant in 2016. Kiffin was 76 and didn’t seem to be overly involved in game-planning.
I would expect Capers to have a much more active role. Wash was retained after an inconsistent year, his third as coordinator. The Jaguars have impressive defensive talent, but regressed from 2017’s dominant run that led to an AFC Championship Game appearance. Some of the struggles were because of offensive failures, but the defense also had bad performances in losses at Dallas, Tennessee, Buffalo and Indianapolis.
Wash’s scheme and philosophy could use some adjustments to do a better job at fooling the opponent. Hopefully, Capers can bring some ideas to make the Jaguars defense less predictable.
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