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DOM CAPERS NAMED DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR FOR JAGUARS

Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Tom Coughlin today named Dom

Capers the team's defensive coordinator. Capers, 48, replaces Dick

Jauron, who became head coach of the Chicago Bears on Sunday.

Capers joins the Jaguars coaching staff after four seasons as head

coach of the Carolina Panthers.

"Dom Capers is an excellent football coach," Coughlin said. "He

has ascended through the coaching ranks, proving his quality at each

level: Outstanding teacher as a position coach, a superb strategist as

a coordinator, and excellent focus and leadership as a head coach.

Dom is a man of detail, very specific and very demanding in what

he wants. He's a great fit for the Jaguars organization."

"I'm thrilled to join Tom's staff and to have the opportunity to help

upgrade the Jaguars defense," Capers said. "The Jaguars have

shown constant improvement each season, and I look forward to

this new challenge with great anticipation."

In January 1995, Capers was named the first coach of the

expansion Carolina Panthers. In the team's first season, the

Panthers opened with five straight losses, but rebounded to post

seven wins in the last 11 games. In the Panthers' second season,

Carolina won its last seven games to claim the NFC West division

title. In the playoffs, they defeated the Dallas Cowboys before

losing to the eventual Super Bowl winner Green Bay in the NFC

Championship game. The Panthers finished second in points

allowed, seventh in scoring, first in sacks, fourth in takeaways and

tenth in overall defense, and went 9-0 at home as Capers was

selected coach of the year.

In the Panthers third season, the team remained in the hunt for the

playoffs until the final two weeks of the season before finishing 7-9.

In 1998, the Panthers finished 4-12, with nine of the 12 losses by

seven points or less and seven by five points or fewer. Capers was

released at the end of the season.

Before being hired by the Panthers, Capers was the defensive

coordinator for the Pittsburgh Steelers under Bill Cowher from

1992-94. In 1994, his defense was second in the NFL and first in

the AFC while leading in quarterback sacks and finishing second in

opponents average gain per play, first downs allowed and points

allowed. He began his professional coaching career in 1984 as an

assistant coach under Jim Mora with the Philadelphia/Baltimore

Stars of the USFL, winning titles in 1984 and 1985. In 1985 he

joined Mora as defensive backs coach for the New Orleans Saints.

In his six years with the Saints, the defense ranked among the

NFL's top five in interceptions three times. In 1991, the Saints

ranked second in total defense, rushing defense and pass defense.

They also led the NFL with 29 interceptions and ranked third with

50 sacks.

Capers' first coaching assignment came as a graduate assistant at

Kent State (1972-74), where he earned a master's degree in

administration before taking a graduate assistant position at

Washington with Huskies assistant Jim Mora in 1975. He joined the

full-time coaching ranks that year and had a series of stops at

Hawaii (1975-76), San Jose State (1977), California (1978-79),

Tennessee (1980-81) and Ohio State (1982-83).

A native of Cambridge, Ohio, Capers attended Meadowbrook High

School in Buffalo, Ohio, where he was a star athlete before

concentrating on football at Mount Union College. In college he

played safety and linebacker before graduating in 1972.

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