GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - The Green Bay Packers cleaned out their lockers at Lambeau Field Tuesday, officially closing the door on a season that failed to live up to expectations.
The team finished 7-9, missing the playoffs for the first time since 2008. They were plagued by injuries, most notably the broken collarbone that sidelined quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
The Packers wasted no time shaking up the system. On Tuesday, the team announced Ted Thompson would be moved out of the General Manager job and into an advisory role.
Defensive coordinator Dom Capers was fired after eight seasons with the Packers.
Safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix said he's going to miss Capers.
"(Dom Capers) is a guy I looked up to. Future Hall of Famer. He's going to be missed around this locker room. I've seen a lot of tweets about Dom being out of here before he was actually out of here but no one really talked about Dom when 2010 we were in the Super Bowl.
"He set up this top-five defense but they had a lot of high caliber players on their team. They don't really talk about him in 2014, 2015. I don't think it was Dom. I think it was the guys that were around him. The talent he had. What we had to put on the field and what we had to work with so when you look at numbers you can't just look at Dom.
"Dom has a job to make calls and we have to go out there and perfect it. When things don't get done they get glorified a lot and I think that's what it was coming to. Unfortunately, like I said I'm going to miss Dom a lot but I have to put my first foot forward and keep on moving," Clinton-Dix says.
Kicker Mason Crosby said he was thankful to Ted Thompson for bringing him to Green Bay.
"I'm sure whatever transition they put him in he'll do well and continue to probably have an influence in the locker room and in the building here, but we're looking at what can we do from 2017 to be better in 2018 and that's obviously what's happening across the organization," Crosby said.
Rookie Vince Biegel also had praise for Thompson.
"Obviously Ted was another vital role in bringing me in here and just over the last year it's been awesome to build a relationship with Ted, and not just what he's done for myself, but what he's done for every single one of these guys in this locker room," Biegel said. "Help bring us in. Creating this opportunity and what he's done for this organization has been unbelievable, so I know he will definitely be missed, but I know he will definitely be around and we'll definitely still have him around the office."