Dolphins tap Capers as special assistant

Published: Wednesday, January 25, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 25, 2006 at 12:00 a.m.
MIAMI - Dom Capers joined the Miami Dolphins on Tuesday, giving Nick Saban two new assistants with NFL head coaching experience.
Capers, hired as special assistant to Saban, coached the Houston Texans for their first four seasons before being fired the day after they finished the 2005 season 2-14. He also coached the Carolina Panthers in their first four seasons, from 1995-98.
On Sunday, Saban hired as offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey, who coached the Buffalo Bills to a 14-18 record the last two seasons.
Capers, 55, spoke with Saban earlier this month about joining the Dolphins and accepted the offer after failing to land another head coaching job.
"We're pleased to have someone as well-respected as Dom join the Dolphins," Saban said in a statement. "He brings a wealth of knowledge to Miami and will be a valuable addition to our staff."
Capers' area of expertise is defense, where the Dolphins ranked 18th in the NFL last season, Saban's first as their coach. He's expected to discuss his staff additions with reporters Wednesday at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala.
Capers went 18-46 at Houston and 31-35 at Carolina. He led the Panthers to the NFC championship game in the 1996 season.
Capers was defensive coordinator for Pittsburgh in 1992-94 and Jacksonville in 1999-2000. He first met Saban at Kent State, where both were graduate assistants in 1973-74.
"I've known Nick for a very long time and have the utmost respect for the job he has done at every coaching position he has held," Capers said. "I appreciate the opportunity he has given me, and I'm looking forward to working with him and his staff in any way I can to help the organization achieve its goals."
RAMS: Former Saints coach Jim Haslett was hired as defensive coordinator. Greg Olson was hired as offensive coordinator. He spent the last two seasons with Detroit, first as quarterbacks coach, then as co-offensive coordinator.
Both will work under Scott Linehan, hired last week as head coach.
"I was lucky to be able to get these guys," Linehan said in a conference call. "They're exactly what I was looking for."
FALCONS: Michael Vick has a new position coach after Bill Musgrave was hired to tutor the quarterbacks.
Falcons coach Jim Mora wrote, "Hired Musgrave!" in an e-mail to The Associated Press. He offered Musgrave the job as quarterbacks coach after an interview at team headquarters in Flowery Branch.
Offensive coordinator Greg Knapp was present for most of Mora's conversations with Musgrave. The Falcons sought a replacement for Mike Johnson, whom Mora fired Jan. 4.
VIKINGS: Coach Brad Childress filled out his coaching staff, hiring linebackers coach Fred Pagac and secondary coach Joe Woods.
Pagac coached linebackers at Kansas City last season and in Oakland from 2001-03. Woods was Tampa Bay's defensive quality control coach for the past two seasons, working with current Vikings defensive coordinator Mike Tomlin.
BILLS: Former tight end Jay Riemersma, who hasn't played since tearing his right Achilles' tendon in a game more than a year ago, is retiring, his agent said.

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