As disappointing as the Green Bay Packers season has been, it has been arguably even more disappointing in Denver. The Broncos hired former Packers offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett as head coach. They traded numerous draft picks to the Seattle Seahawks and gave Russell Wilson one of the richest contracts in NFL history. Unfortunately for them, they are 3-7 having just lost a 22-16 heartbreaker to the Las Vegas Raiders in overtime. Ironically, former Packers wide receiver Davante Adams caught the game-winning touchdown. It has been so disappointing in Denver that there are talks that Hackett may not even last the season as head coach. If he is indeed, fired, another former Packers coach may take over in the interim.
Capers-as-interim watch has started. https://t.co/TVeGabOe6s
— Benjamin Allbright (@AllbrightNFL) November 21, 2022
Nathaniel Hackett Hired Dom Capers, Who May Replace Him
When Nathaniel Hackett was hired by the Denver Broncos, he brought some coaches with connections to the Packers with him. Ben Steele is an assistant offensive line coach on Hackett’s staff. Steele played tight end for the Packers in 2004 and 2005.
In addition to Steele, Hackett hired former Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers. The Packers won Super Bowl XLV with Capers leading the defense. He was fired by the Packers after the 2017 season. Since then, he has been a senior defensive assistant with four teams: the Jacksonville Jaguars, Minnesota Vikings, Detroit Lions, and now the Broncos.
The 72-year old Capers has been a head coach in the NFL before. He was the head coach of the Carolina Panthers from 1995-1998. Capers was also the first head coach in the Houston Texans franchise’s history. He held that job from 2002-2005.
Throughout his career, Capers has been the defensive coordinator for four NFL franchises. He was the Pittsburgh Steelers defensive coordinator from 1992-1994. After being fired in Carolina, Capers took the defensive coordinator job with the Jaguars from 1999-2000. The Miami Dolphins hired Capers as their defensive coordinator from 2006-2007. Of course, he was the defensive coordinator in Green Bay, as I mentioned previously.
Capers has also coached in some capacity with the New Orleans Saints and New England Patriots.