Detroit Lions add former head coach Dom Capers as senior defensive assistant


To add more experience to his staff, Detroit Lions trainer Dan Campbell added more than four decades when he named Dom Capers a senior defensive assistant on Friday.

Capers, who held a similar role in Minnesota last year, has over 30 years of NFL experience, including four stints as defensive coordinator and twice as head coach.

Capers was the first coach of the Carolina Panthers when the NFL added them as an expansion franchise in 1995. He coached the team for four years. He led the Panthers to a 4-4 record and the NFC championship game in his second season.

Similarly, he was the first coach for the Houston Texans and led the team from 2002 to 2005.

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As mentioned earlier, Capers served as a defensive coordinator for four teams, initially in Pittsburgh from 1992 to 1994, where the team reached the top 10 points in each of these three seasons.

In 1999, after his tenure with the Panthers ended, he was named Defensive Coordinator for Jacksonville, transforming them from a mid-range unit into the league’s top goal defense in one season.

Caper’s last assignment as coordinator was also his longest coaching break in his career and led the defense of the Green Bay Packers from 2009-17 under coach Mike McCarthy.

Again, Capers quickly turned that unit into one of the best in the league but proved unable to maintain success. The team ended up in the lower half of the league in points and yards allowed its last two seasons with the club.

Aaron Glenn, Detroit’s new defensive coordinator, played three seasons under Capers in Houston (2002-04) and was named All-Pro in 2002.

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