Minnesota made a key offseason addition to its offensive coaching staff last year, adding Gary Kubiak in a non-coordinator role. While Kubiak now serves as the Vikings’ OC, Mike Zimmer is bringing in another experienced coach this offseason — this time to help his defensive staff.
Dom Capers signed on to join Zimmer’s staff Monday, making a move back to the NFC North. The former Packers defensive coordinator coached against Zimmer’s staff for several years; he will return to the division after a one-year stay in Jacksonville. Capers will serve as a senior defensive assistant for the Vikings.
Kubiak’s predecessor as Texans head coach — the franchise’s first — Capers also was tabbed the Panthers’ coach when they began play in 1995. The 2020 season will be Capers’ 33rd season as an NFL head coach.
The 69-year-old sideline mainstay will help newly appointed co-defensive coordinators Adam Zimmer and Andre Patterson keep the Vikings’ defense as one of the NFL’s best. The Vikings moved on from George Edwards, Mike Zimmer’s only DC during his six previous seasons leading the team, after their 2019 season ended.
Also Bill Cowher‘s first DC in Pittsburgh, Capers worked with Tom Coughlin in Jacksonville during the Jags’ best season (their 14-2 1999 slate) and became Miami’s DC after the Texans fired him as head coach following the 2005 season. Capers’ Green Bay defenses became less stingy as his tenure wore on, but the Packers did claim their fourth Super Bowl championship partially on the strength of Capers’ No. 2-ranked defense in 2010. The ’20 season will be Capers and Mike Zimmer’s first season together on an NFL staff.