Another loss to the 49ers and the Packers cannot stop Kapernick when they needed to. The blame goes to Dom Capers for losing again to the 49ers. Or does it? I agree with some Packer fans that Capers defense scheme can be predictable from time to time. Let’s be honest was Capers to blame for losing that game? I say no at least for this game. I think McCarthy not only has to look at Capers but the rest of the staff too. First let’s start with Capers and should he be fired?
Three plays the Packers defense could have won the game. One the Micah Hyde drop. You have to make that catch. This is the playoffs, no excuses. Second, Morgan Burnett, was quicker on the touchdown throw to Vernon Davis from Kapernick. That is another interception. Third, Jarett Bush, not setting the edge on the blitz that Kapernick just ran around him for a vital first down. Any one of those plays were made the Packers are going to Carolina. Capers put the players in the right places and they didn’t execute.
McCarthy needs to sit down with Capers. The first question should be” what do we need to do to fix this defense?” Capers should say more veteran presence on the field. Charles Woodson was a God send for the Packers his presence made the secondary better. Burnett is not a leader he looks lost and needs a veteran to keep him in check. Tramon Williams basically said that after the game. “Youth is good but veterans make the league go.”
The next question is, “do you have the drive to make this defense back into a Super bowl defense?” If the answer is no. Then we need to let Capers go. For the simple reason the NFL is constantly evolving and if you are going to win Super bowls you need to evolve with it.
The last question is, “do you want to be here?” That question needs to be asked because being at a job you don’t like or feel you’re not wanted. It really doesn’t inspire confidence in staying in that job for long. McCarthy needs a staff similar to what Holmgren had here when he started with the Packers. A group of young and up in coming staff that feeds off the veteran presence, youth, and their love of the game. The only problem is these coaches are more likely to leave after a year to pursue their own dreams of being a head coach.
In the end Capers right now is the best the Packers can do. I know that sounds bad. But, the alternative is blow up the entire defense, change schemes, coordinators, coaching staff, and start all over. If you do that you better make sure it’s going to work, the NFL keeps evolving and will leave you behind.