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Vikings add Dom Capers to defensive coaching staff

Capers coached the defense in Green Bay from 2009-17 where he utilized a blitz-heavy style that became known for disrupting opposing quarterbacks.
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FILE - In this Dec. 17, 2017, file photo, Green Bay Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers watches his team warm up before an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers in Charlotte, N.C. The Minnesota Vikings have hired long-time NFL coach Dom Capers as a senior defensive assistant. The 69-year-old Capers starts his 33rd season as a coach in the league. He served last year as a senior defensive assistant for Jacksonville. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone, File)

EAGAN, Minn. — The Minnesota Vikings have added a familiar face to their coaching staff.

Dom Capers, a former defensive coordinator for the Green Bay Packers, has been hired as the Vikings' senior defensive assistant.

Capers coached the defense in Green Bay from 2009-17 where he utilized a blitz-heavy style that became known for disrupting opposing quarterbacks.

His philosophy helped the Packers to a Super Bowl in 2010. In his tenure at Green Bay, Capers' defense had a league-leading 176 interceptions (176), second-most takeaways (243), fourth-most sacks (365) and the ninth-best scoring defense (21½ points per game). 

Capers was fired from Green Bay on Jan. 1, 2018 by then head coach Mike McCarthy. Capers then signed on as the senior defensive assistant for the Jacksonville Jaguars last season, where he helped lead the team to the seventh-most sacks (47) in the league.

Capers joins a Vikings defense that ranked fifth in scoring last season (18.9 points per game) and was one of the top units at getting to the quarterback. Minnesota tied for fifth with San Francisco in sacks (48).

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