Report: Packers DC Capers on Raiders' coaching list

January 13, 2012, 5:03 am
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In the press conference Tuesday that introduced him as the new Raiders GM, Reggie McKenzie said he wanted his guy at the head coaching position, and that the search for that individual would begin immediately.

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McKenzie wasn't lying; two days later Green Bay Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers was added to their growing list of potential head coaches, according to a report by NFL Network.

Capers joins Winston Moss and Todd Bowles, who is reported to be interviewing with the Raiders Friday, as the publicized candidates.

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Capers would bring a strong legacy of experience to Oakland, having coached football in some capacity dating back to 1972. And he is no stranger to the Bay Area; his college coaching career made stops at San Jose State in 1977 then Cal from 1978-'79, each as the defensive backs coach.

His jump to the NFL came in 1986. Since then, Capers has had the dubious honor of being called upon twice to take over expansion programs in their first seasons of existence, the only two chances he's had at head coaching.

He led the brand-new Carolina Panthers to a 30-34 record from 1995-'98, highlighted by a playoff trip in '96. But he had less success with the next new team; he took control of the expansion Houston Texans in 2002 and left four seasons later with an 18-46 record.

Capers, 61, has since served with the Dolphins and Patriots and is coming off a championship season as the Packers defensive coordinator.

Teams are not permitted to interview Green Bay coaches until their season comes to a close, but McKenzie -- who served as the Packers director of football operations from 1994-2012 -- is expected to entertain a number of former colleagues for positions with the Raiders.