MIAMI -- Dom Capers joined the Miami Dolphins on Tuesday,
giving Nick Saban two new assistants with NFL head coaching
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
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."