June 13, 2024

While the Packers ranked in the top ten in points allowed this season, Joe Barry’s three-year tenure as defensive coordinator is gone.

Green Bay, Wisconsin – A late-season comeback saved Joe Barry’s job as Green Bay Packers defensive coordinator in 2022. It wasn’t enough by 2023.

Barry is no longer the Green Bay Packers’ defensive coordinator, according to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero and Packer Central.

Barry spent three seasons as Green Bay’s defensive coordinator. His teams finished 13th in points and ninth in yards in 2021, 17th in points and 17th in yards in 2022, and 10th in points and 17th in yards in 2023.

The team’s top-10 scoring finish was only its second since winning the Super Bowl in 2010. However, his team consistently underperformed when compared to the quality supplied by general manager Brian Gutekunst through repeated first-round selection decisions.

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A day after the 2022 season finished, coach Matt LaFleur announced Barry’s return in 2023. LaFleur, on the other side, remained noncommittal two days after the 2023 season finished. While LaFleur lauded Rich Bisaccia’s “culture” on special teams and stated offensive coordinator Adam Stenavich was capable of taking over as play-caller, he had nothing positive to say about Barry’s defense.

When asked if the team’s good finish was due to Barry’s schematic or philosophical modifications or simply improved performance by the players, LaFleur replied, “I believe it was all of the above. That will be part of the discourse.”

Following that talk, LaFleur decided to make the move he did not make last offseason.

In 2022, the Packers were humiliated on national television by the Philadelphia Eagles. In a 40-33 defeat, Green Bay gave up 363 running yards. LaFleur remained with Barry, and the defense got on the jets for the stretch run. Over the remaining five games, the Packers ended 10th in points scored and never allowed more than 20.

 

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