Tuesday, October 23, 2018

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Sources: Thompson reassigned, Capers out in Green Bay

Reports say Thompson reassigned, Capers gone following 7-9 season

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    Above: Packers general manager Ted Thompson speaks during a news conference at the NFL Combine on March 1 in Indianapolis. Reports Monday indicated Thompson would move to another position within the organization. Dom Capers (below) was reportedly relieved of his duties of defensive coordinator following Sunday’s loss at Detroit.

    Associated Press

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    Green Bay Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers talks with Clay Matthews, left, and Sam Barrington during NFL football training camp, Saturday, Aug. 1 , 2015, in Green Bay.

    Associated Press

The Green Bay Packers got right to it following their ninth loss of the season on Sunday to the Detroit Lions, an ugly 35-11 defeat at Ford Field. It capped off the first season since 2008 Green Bay won’t be in the playoffs.

Multiple NFL sources and media outlets have reported general manager Ted Thompson will no longer be in charge of the personnel department and will instead remain with the team in an advisory role.

Those same sources also reported Dom Capers, who was the team’s defensive coordinator since the 2009 campaign, was relieved of his duties following Sunday’s loss in Detroit. 

Thompson drafted Aaron Rodgers, hired Mike McCarthy and was the key architect in Green Bay’s run to the Super Bowl title in 2010. But fans grew impatient and expressed a recent disappointment in his inability to build a team around Rodgers in his prime, as highlighted by the struggles without him for much of this season.

Capers’ defense will finish outside the top 15 for the sixth time in seven years. 

Green Bay president Mark Murphy is expected to address the general manager situation today, according to news services.

The Packers could never get it going without their MVP quarterback, who broke his collarbone on Oct. 15 in Minnesota.

On Sunday, the Packers gave up 27 straight points in a blowout loss at Ford Field. 

Brett Hundley threw a fourth-quarter touchdown pass to Randall Cobb for the team’s only time in the end zone all afternoon.


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