Six points with new DC Capers

See what he has to say about his first order of business, the roots of his zone blitz, whether he was influenced by Bill Belichick and the challenge of making his scheme easy for the players but tough on opposing offenses.

Here are six points from Dom Capers' introductory news conference as defensive coordinator on Tuesday morning.

1. Capers, on what his first order of business is as coordinator:

"I think the first part is to spend time evaluating the personnel that we have and coming away with some impressions of what they do well and what we can feature. Then we have to start to meet as a defensive staff and go through this step-by-step process of putting the system in place."

2. Capers, on the importance of pressure:

"The number of things you can do and how aggressive you can become is based on your ability, to No. 1, not let people run the football on you so you can dictate the down-and-distance situations. And if you can get offenses into advantageous down-and-distance situations, now it opens up a whole lot of things that you can do. But if they always keep you in second-and-5, second-and-4, that type of thing, then it takes a little bit of your aggressiveness away because you've got to find some way to get that run stopped, try to get people into predictable down-and-distance, and then I think you can give them a lot more problems.

3. Capers, on the roots of his zone-blitz scheme coming from his years working on a Pittsburgh Steelers staff that included head coach Bill Cowher and assistant Dick LeBeau:

"We'd used some elements of the zone blitz in New Orleans (where he was defensive backs coach from 1986 through 1991), and Dick LeBeau had used some in Cincinnati (where he spent 1980 through 1991), so we used a little the first year, a little more the second year and the third year is when it became 'Blitzburgh' and everybody thought we blitzed every down. Our guys really caught on and got a feel for it and were having success with it. It was an aggressive style and they loved being aggressive. Then at that point in time there, weren't many teams in the league doing it, but shortly after that, everybody had some element of it in their scheme."

4. Capers, on the challenge of making his scheme difficult for offenses while at the same time making it easy for his defense to learn:

I think you start with a process, and everything has to be fairly well-defined. Now, there's always going to be a little gray area, but I think a big part of our job as coaches is to try to take the gray area out of things as much as we can and have a logical teaching approach so guys understand. I've always believed that the more that we can do that's simple for us and difficult for the opponent, the better we're going to be. How well you master, I think that you have to have attention to detail in what you do, they have to understand it, and you have to be able to execute it before you can move on and do something else. If you just go in with a large number of things and you aren't really good at any one thing, I don't think you have anything you can hang your hat on. I think that it's a process and you have to see, if we can be really good at three or four things, then we can do that fifth or sixth thing."

5. Capers, on if he was influenced by Patriots coach Bill Belichick after spending 2008 in New England:

"I think we are influenced by everybody we have been around. I think you take a little bit of something. You are never too old to learn something new. Obviously, New England, one of the reasons I was excited about going there last year was having an opportunity to be in an organization that has had the success that they have had since 2000. Since Bill had been there, they had been extremely successful, and normally there is a reason why. It gives you a chance to evaluate those things. So, yes, there are some things that obviously I learned there that hopefully you can take and utilize some of those things."

6. Capers, on whether he was being pursued by his former boss, New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin, who needed a coordinator to replace new Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo:

"I'm here now, so I really don't think there is any benefit of going into those conversations. I'll just say this: I had conversations with numerous teams and when it came down to it, I felt this was the best match and best marriage and felt excellent. I came in Friday and had dinner with Mike (McCarthy) and we interviewed on Saturday. I went back and we talked two or three times on Sunday, and I told him Sunday night that this is what I wanted to do."

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