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  • Packers hire Jim Bates as new defensive coordinator

    Guy should probably be a head coach somewhere.

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    Re: Packers hire Jim Bates as new defensive coordinator

    He's the only one that didn't lose to the Patriots this year. Smart move.


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    • Nick
      Packers and DC Jim Bates agree to part ways
      by Nick
      Bates, Packers part ways
      Posted January 16, 2006

      Defensive coordinator Jim Bates and the Green Bay Packers have mutually agreed to part ways, the team announced in a press release Monday afternoon.

      “I have great respesct for Jim Bates as a defensive football coach,” Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said. “He and I have gotten together on a couple occasions over the last several days to discuss him as the defensive coordinator on my staff. Ultimately, we agreed that the best course of action for both of us would be for the Packers to go in a different direction.”

      In Bates’ one year on the job, the Packers were ranked No. 7 in yards allowed. They had been ranked No. 25 under Bob Slowik the year before.

      Bates’ departure means the team will have four different defensive coordinators in the past four seasons.

      Bates interviewed for the Packers’ head coaching job last week but was passed over in favor of McCarthy.
      -01-16-2006, 04:29 PM
    • Nick
      Two candidates for Rams head coaching vacancy also up for Packers DC?
      by Nick
      Sanders, Packers part ways after dismal season
      By Drew Olson
      Senior Editor
      Published Jan. 5, 2009 at 5:14 a.m.

      The reality of the Packers' 6-10 season is taking root at 1265 Lombardi Ave.

      After announcing the, ahem, retirement of special teams coach Mike Stock, the Packers have apparently sacked defensive coordinator Bob Sanders, whose unit too often seemed incapable of sacking opposing quarterbacks., a Web site founded by former Packers contract specialist Andrew Brandt, reported Sanders' fate Sunday night. The Packers made no official announcement.

      A month ago, head coach Mike McCarthy gave Sanders what seemed to be a vote of confidence.

      "No one's happy about anything that's gone on with our team. I know defense, from a numbers standpoint, did not perform well," McCarthy said. "There's plenty (of blame) to go around. This is not just about one person."

      Stock and Sanders are two people apparently no longer employed in Green Bay. Defensive ends coach Carl Hairston, defensive line coach Robert Nunn and offensive line coach James Campen could be on the block, too.

      "All of our schemes are under evaluation right now," McCarthy said at his season-ending press conference last week. "That's what you do right now."

      Given McCarthy's background as an offensive coach, the defensive coordinator on his staff has a lot of latitude. The Packers, who gave up a lot of late yards and lost seven games by less than four points, likely will consider a coach who advocates the 3-4 defensive alignment rather than the 4-3 they used this season.

      McCarthy's search for Sanders' replacement could begin and end on the staff. Winston Moss, the linebackers coach considered to be a rising star in the business, underwent a preliminary interview for the head coaching job in St. Louis and likely will get a second interview. If Moss does not become a head coach, he likely would consider a promotion from the Packers in order to pad his resume in an attempt to land a head coaching job.

      The list of other candidates likely will include two of McCarthy's former bosses -- fired San Francisco head coach Mike Nolan, who was McCarthy's boss with the *****, and ex-Rams interim coach Jim Haslett, who worked with McCarthy in New Orleans.

      Other candidates may include fired Cleveland coach Romeo Crennel, fired Jets coach Eric Mangini, recently-fired Lions coach Rod Marinelli and former Jacksonville defensive coordinator Gregg Williams.

      The Packers finished 20th in the NFL in yards allowed (334.3), tied for 22nd in points allowed (23.8), 26th in rushing yards allowed (131.6), 12th in passing yards allowed (202.8) and 25th in sacks (27) this season.

      Sanders, who is 55, worked as defensive line coach under Mike Sherman and...
      -01-05-2009, 10:28 AM
    • HornIt
      Packers pass on Haslett, hire Dom Capers
      by HornIt
      Packers land Dom Capers as defensive coordinator
      By Pete Dougherty • January 18, 2009

      Mike McCarthy’s search for a defensive coordinator ended Sunday night when he hired Dom Capers to run the Green Bay Packers’ defense, an NFL source said.

      Capers has been a head coach for Carolina and Houston and a defensive coordinator for three other NFL teams.

      He interviewed with McCarthy on Friday night and Saturday. McCarthy might have moved quickly to hire him because the New York Giants also reportedly were interested in hiring Capers as their defensive coordinator.

      A league source on Sunday night said the Packers had agreed to terms with Capers to replace the fired Bob Sanders. The contract has not been signed, according to the source, but that it expected to be finalized on Monday.

      The move probably signals a change for the Packers to a 3-4 defense from the 4-3 defense, though the move could be gradual. Capers has worked in both systems and last season was special assistant-secondary for the New England Patriots, who use a mix of 3-4 and 4-3.

      But Capers mostly has run the 3-4 in his career. He made his name in coaching circles with his innovative use of zone blitzes in that scheme as defensive coordinator for Pittsburgh from 1992 to 1994, and as Carolina’s head coach from 1995 to 1998.

      In 1996, his second season with Carolina, the Panthers advanced to the NFC championship game, where they lost to the Packers.

      Capers was defensive coordinator for Jacksonville (1999-2000) and Miami (2007). He started work as Houston’s head coach in 2001, though the expansion team didn’t start playing until 2002. He was fired after the 2005 season.

      The Giants also reportedly were interested in hiring Capers after their defensive coordinator, Steve Spagnuolo, was hired as the St. Louis Rams’ head coach on Saturday.
      -01-19-2009, 09:17 AM
    • RamsFan16
      Packers | K. Schottenheimer hired as defensive backs coach
      by RamsFan16
      Packers | K. Schottenheimer hired as defensive backs coach
      Tue, 31 Jan 2006 17:02:14 -0800

      The Green Bay Packers have named Kurt Schottenheimer their new defensive backs coach. He joins the Packers from the coaching staff of the St. Louis Rams.

      Thank god he is off our hands now.
      -01-31-2006, 05:12 PM
    • RamWraith
      Rams working hard to get Bates
      by RamWraith
      Rams | Team has a strong interest in Bates
      Thu, 19 Jan 2006 21:43:43 -0800

      Bob McGinn, of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, reports the St. Louis Rams have a strong interest in former Green Bay Packers defensive coordinator Jim Bates to be the defensive coordinator on new head coach Scott Linehan's staff. Agent Gary O'Hagan told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that the Rams called him and expressing interest in Bates.
      -01-20-2006, 05:10 AM