Patriots Add Former Panthers, Texans Coach Dom Capers


The New England Patriots named veteran coach Dom Capers to a special assistant to the secondary under DC Dean Pees. The move might strengthen the Patriots defense that may loose a couple of secondary free agents, CBs Asante Samuel and Randall Gay.

The move is intriguing for both the Patriots and Capers. Capers noted “So, the familiarity with Bill, the success he’s had, and the respect I’ve had competing against him over the years, that’s why I thought I’d come to New England and start working with the secondary:My objective right now is to come in and contribute in any way that I can. And to help the Patriots have a great year.”

Belichick said on the hire, “I have known Dom for a long time and respect him tremendously as a coach, particularly defensively. To add a coach of his caliber is an outstanding opportunity for us. I look forward to getting to work with Dom and Dean immediately.”

Among other coaching stints with the Steelers and Jaguars, Capers has been head coach for the Carolina Panthers (’95-‘98) and Houston Texans (’01-‘05). He followed his head coaching positions in Miami while serving a special assistant to the head coach in 2006 and defensive coordinator in 2007.

In other news, the Patriots hired Nick Caserio to the director of player personnel and Bill O’Brien as wide receivers coach, replacing Caserio, who served as director of pro personnel from 2004 to 2006. In player news, it is expected that Patriots WR Donte Stallworth will be released. Could this mean the Patriots, who did not apply the franchise tag to Randy Moss on Thursday, could be grinding their teeth and going to pay out for Moss’ services in 2008 before the FA begins on February 28?

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