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Packers' Defensive Guru Capers Praises Hoke

A surprise candidate in the search for a new defensive coordinator was added to the mix on Monday when the Eagles announced that they interviewed Bears defensive backs coach Jon Hoke.

Hoke was the assistant head coach/defensive coordinator/secondary coach at the University of Florida when Dom Capers hired him to be the defensive backs coach of the expansion Houston Texans in 2002. Capers was the first head coach in Texans' history and is now the defensive coordinator of the NFC Champion Green Bay Packers.

Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News caught up with Capers at today's Super Bowl Media Day festivities and Capers had nothing but good things to say about Hoke.

"I like Jon a lot. I think he's got a really good presence. He's smart. The players respect Jon, and I think he's a good teacher. I think he did a good job with the Chicago secondary this year," Capers said.

Obviously, the Bears and the Packers squared off three times this season including in the NFC Championship game.

Hoke just wrapped up his second year with the Bears. The Bears were tied for fifth in the league with 21 interceptions this season. Hoke has been a coach for 27 years at the NFL and college levels. As a player, Hoke was an All-MAC defensive back at Ball State and played 11 games for the Chicago Bears in 1980, recording seven tackles. The defensive coordinator for that Bears team was former Eagles head coach Buddy Ryan.

Hoke's brother, Brady, was recently named the head coach at the University of Michigan.

-- Posted by Chris McPherson, 3:30 p.m., February 1

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