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Reports say Packers have signed new defensive coordinator

Former NFL head coach Dom Capers will run the Green Bay Packer defense this fall.

Newspapers in Green Bay, Milwaukee, and Madison cited various sources are reporting Capers accepted an offer from Packers' Head Coach Mike McCarthy Sunday night. He's expected to sign a contract today (Monday) to replace Bob Sanders, whom McCarthy fired two weeks ago.

The 58-year-old Capers has spent 23 years as an NFL coach. He worked for seven years as a defensive coordinator for Pittsburgh, Jacksonville and Miami. He also spent nine years as a head coach with Carolina and Houston.

Capers coached the Panthers when they lost to Green Bay in the NFC Championship Game 12 years ago, sending the Packers to their last Super Bowl win.

Last year, Capers was a special assistant and secondary coach for New England. Reports said he didn't work well with Patriots' coach Bill Belichick and Capers was allowed to look for another job. McCarthy interviewed him on Friday.

The Packer defense could be in for a big change, depending on what Capers wants to do. He has used both a 3-4 and a 4-3 defensive scheme during his career and he used a mix of the two at Miami and New England.