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Kevin Greene defends Dom Capers as Packers' DC


Dom Capers has become the biggest scapegoat for the Green Bay Packers' playoff loss in the minds of many fans. Coach Mike McCarthy was not happy to answer questions surrounding his defensive coordinator's status.

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Outside linebackers coach Kevin Greene also was asked if Capers remains the right man for the job.

"Does a fat baby fart?" Greene told the Green Bay Press-Gazette's Mike Vandermause on Tuesday. "Big time, absolutely big time, no doubt about it.

"He's the same guy, this is the same system. Dom is without a doubt the right guy."

Greene is an excitable guy and extremely loyal. His response is no surprise. Neither was his personal defense of Capers.

"It does ruffle me a little bit because the people that are asking for that and calling for that, they don't really understand football," Greene said. "They think they do, but they really don't. If they could just look at things through a coach's eyes. They could really see the breakdowns of the defense. I'm not into pointing fingers, and Coach Dom's not into pointing fingers. He's into shouldering the load, and he's into doing things the right way, regardless of how the defense executed or didn't execute the plan. He is ultimately going to shoulder that load, that heat, and he's doing it here now like a true pro.

"But it does kind of ruffle me a little bit because we know as coaches."

Capers is very well-respected amongst his peers, and the staff will continue to defend him. They should. The Packers' defense could have completely fell apart when it lost starters for stretches -- Charles Woodson (nine games), Clay Matthews (four) Desmond Bishop (16), D.J. Smith (10), Nick Perry (10), Sam Shields (six), C.J. Wilson (five games). Capers and the defensive assistants won with rookies and down-the-line role players. The unit ranked 11th in the NFL in scoring and total defense.

Yes, the Packers looked completely unprepared for San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick last week. But this is the same coordinator and system that helped win a Super Bowl in 2010 and consecutive NFC North titles. Aaron Rodgers and the offense didn't accomplish all those things alone.

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