Packers searching for new general manager

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ESPN's Rob Demoovsky and others reported on Monday that the Packers fired longtime defensive coordinator Dom Capers following their blowout loss to the Detroit Lions.

Whoever takes over as general manager will have to make a decision on what to do with head coach Mike McCarthy, who is entering the final year of his contract. A source said Capers was let go Sunday night after the Packers' season-ending 35-11 loss at Detroit.

The Green Bay Packers' first losing season in nine years has created a tidal wave of change within the franchise. After the 2008 season, McCarthy fired third-year defensive coordinator Bob Sanders and hired Capers.

The Packers finished 125-82-1 under Thompson (.603) in regular-season games and were 10-8 in the postseason.

It's not known whether Capers, 67, will retire from coaching.

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Thompson was hired as Green Bay's general manager in January, 2005 - almost 13 years ago - and has led one of the NFL's most steady organizations ever since.

McCarthy refused to address rumblings of Capers' firing Sunday.

The Packers' defensive coaching staff included seven assistants this season: Assistant head coach/linebackers coach Winston Moss, Trgovac, McCurley, safeties coach Darren Perry, cornerbacks coach Joe Whitt, defensive front assistant Jerry Montgomery and defensive quality control coach Tim McGarigle. Of that group, only Trgovac has previously served as an National Football League defensive coordinator.

"If I ever feel like I can't come in and give as much as I've got and do the kind of job that you want to do", Capers said at the time, "then I won't do it anymore".

The Packers have a handful of in-house candidates that could be ready to take over for Thompson. At the top of that list would be Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio, who was Capers" defensive coordinator in Carolina from 1995 to "98 and runs a similar defensive scheme.

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