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The Green Bay Packers' inability to contain San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick the last two years should lead to a coaching change. (PHOTO: Jim Biever / Green Bay Packers)

Packers' loss should lead to coaching change


So, let's fire Dom Capers.

Either that or get a hammer and hit him over the head, over and over, while chanting "Colin Kaepernick, Colin Kaepernick, Colin Kaepernick."

The last three times the Green Bay Packers and San Francisco 49ers have met, the 49ers have scored 45, 34 and 23 points. Each time their quarterback, who would be a shoo-in for the Hall of Fame if he could play the Packers each week, dominated.

In one game he ran for 181 yards (a friggin' quarterback). In another he passed for 412. And then Sunday he killed Green Bay with his passing and his clutch running (98 yards! a friggin' quarterback).

This should not have come as some kind of surprise to Capers. Everyone else seemed to know what the team had to do. Stop Kaepernick.

I'm no expert, but I have seen teams designate one defender to be the shadow of a huge offensive threat. Where he goes, you go. That's all you have to do.

The Packers are going home, in huge measure, because their defense stinks or stank or stunk.

Mark Tauscher, the former tackle for the Packers, says their are two ways to measure the toughness of a team. One is by your rushing stats. The other is by the other team's rushing stats against you.

The Packers were seventh from the bottom when it came to stopping the run during 2013.

I know the Packers have had a lot of injuries. But Capers didn't do the players who were left any favors with any kind of genius defensive schemes. Everyone says this guy is a defensive genius, but you couldn't prove it by me.

Now, once we fire Capers, we are left with the problem of holes to fill.

First of all we have to get a voodoo doll or a witch doctor or something like that to bring us some luck in the injury department. But I don't think you can have much control over injuries. I think luck plays a huge part.

So, let's assume the Packers can get through next season with a semblance of decent health.

What else is the need?

It seems like since I was a little boy that we have been talking about finding a way to rush the opposing passer. We keep drafting players who are supposed to do that, but so far, we still seem stuck in first gear.

Clay Matthews is a force but in the last two seasons he has missed four games and five games. Plus, teams have caught on to the fact that he is the only pass rushing threat the Packers have.

So, we need another pass rusher, preferably a lineman, and preferably in a 4-3 base defense. The 3-4 of Capers seems hopelessly out of date, especially with the linebacker problem the Packers have. I'm also going to put down a linebacker who can run. Fast.

It would also be nice to have at least one, or maybe even two, new safeties. The current safeties always seem to be a step behind developments. They are great at threatening gestures after they are the third guy in on a tackle.

I think our offense is pretty solid. With Aaron Rodgers and another year together for the line, we are going to be able to handle a lot of stuff other defenses throw our way.

And the emergence of Eddie Lacy has proven a couple of things. It has shown that the Packers can run the ball and has made James Starks a valuable change of pace from Lacy.

If Jermichael Finley can come back, and the Packers want him back, the team should be set at tight end. If not, I'd look for either one to draft or sign as a free agent.

The Packers have the ability to put more good receivers on the field than just about anyone else in the league and along with the new running game, they can outscore just about everyone.

So, here are the top five moves:

  1. Fire Dom Capers.
  2. Find a pass rusher to go along with Matthews.
  3. Fire Dom Capers.
  4. Find two tough, experienced safeties.
  5. Fire Dom Capers.

And now, bring on next season. This one sucked.


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tmaxx | Jan. 7, 2014 at 6:01 p.m. (report)

Constant Moronic OMC Articles Leads To Reporter Change 1. Fire Dave Begel 2. Find a competent contributor to go along with Molly Snyder. 3. Fire Dave Begel. 4. Find two tough, experienced reporters. 5. Fire Dave B egel. And now, bring on next article. This one sucked.

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TosaJim | Jan. 7, 2014 at 2:39 p.m. (report)

Ok...I can Agree with you on that. :) Stay warm.

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Photodavie | Jan. 7, 2014 at 2:20 p.m. (report)

Tosa Jim - Now that JSonline is no longer free, I and many of my coworkers and friends turn to OMC for local news. I love pieces from Jim, Molly, Andy, and movie reviews from Matt. I EVEN will read reviews from Dave if it's a play that I have tickets to or an interest in. HOWEVER, these editorial pieces from Dave are simply garbage. Flip through the 100 or so of them over the past year. Not one of any substance or fact. To your point of "take another shot", I have given Dave plenty of shots to prove he has something meaningful to say. Don't get me started on the 3 pieces about him playing guitar at a bar tonight. Really?!?!? Who cares!!!!!!

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TosaJim | Jan. 7, 2014 at 11:49 a.m. (report)

Hey Photodavie, I just saw this on another website and thought of you....maybe you can get something from this...."Life is like a camera...Focus on what's important...Capture the good times....Develop from negatives...and if things don't work out. Take another shot." It's obvious you don't care for Dave Begel, but his comments are his comments...don't get so hostile....have a great 2014.

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eastsider53211 | Jan. 7, 2014 at 10:47 a.m. (report)

This story is very slanted, and not the way I see it-at all!

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