Packers feel their pass rush is in a “great place”

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Za'Darius Smith predicted a “dominant” season is coming for fellow Packers edge rusher Rashan Gary in 2021 and the team’s defensive coaches believe he’ll have some company on that front.

Smith and Gary are joined by Preston Smith off the edge in Green Bay and outside linebackers coach Mike Smith said recently that he has “a bunch of tough, mean, nasty dudes” in his room. The trio combined for 21.5 sacks in former defensive coordinator Mike Pettine’s defense last season and new coordinator Joe Barry said that he thinks the whole group is ready to thrive this time around as well.

“All three of those guys, I’m excited about,” Barry said, via Jason Wilde of Madison.com. “It’s great. Whether we have two of them on the field, all three of them on the field, we’ll get creative and have some fun with it. You can’t have enough great pass rushers, and I’m excited to be working with all three of those guys. All three of those guys are in a great place.”

There’s plenty of attention being paid to the quarterback position in Green Bay this offseason, but they’re going to need a productive pass rush however the Aaron Rodgers saga ultimately plays out. Barry and Smith sound confident that they’ll bring that to the table.

23 responses to “Packers feel their pass rush is in a “great place”

  1. The QB is an important part, but not the only part, needed to win in the NFL. Ask Dan Marino about that.

  2. They actually hired Joe Barry for Defensive Coordinator. That dude doesn’t have a clue. Just look up his record. The good old boy club strikes again.

  3. God I miss the days of Reggie White & Gilbert Brown, when the Packers could both pressure the QB and stuff the run. Now, every season is either having a stout run defense with almost zero QB pressure, or a bunch of talented pass-rushers and no interior DL, with RBs gashing us for 10 yards a pop up the middle.

  4. If they have to rely on that bum Gary and the Smith Bros, one is old and ready for the heap, then they are in deep trouble. First they made no improvement to the pass rush since the playoff game against Tampa and that pass rush never came close to touching brady, he surgically disected the weak pass defense. This is not a good team.

  5. In a division that changes quarterbacks more often than new parents change diapers.

  6. And Teams will continue to run against their soft underbelly as usual.

  7. Plenty of people were writing Gary off as a bust halfway through his first season. If Preston Smith holds to his on/off, odd/even pattern of years, GB should have a group as good as anyone’s.

  8. I give Joe Barry 2 seasons tops, until he is scapegoated like so many before him.

  9. “since the playoff game against Tampa and that pass rush never came close to touching brady, he surgically disected the weak pass defense.”

    Yeah, quite a “disection.” Brady threw three INTs and tried to throw a fourth. He got a gift TD via the worst possible pass coverage call by Pettine before halftime, and then got bailed out with a holding call at the end. Not really a great performance in the operating room. He was lucky the rest of his “staff” saved the day.

  10. For Pack fans’ sake I’d certainly hope this trio is going to be effective this season. We certainly know that the offense isn’t going to be carrying the team any longer with Rodgers now gone. Had better hope that somehow, someway, the Green Bay defense is going to become dominant under one of the most pedestrian Defensive coordinators in the league. Otherwise it’s going to be a very long season.

  11. Maj Whiplash says:
    June 21, 2021 at 9:32 am
    If they have to rely on that bum Gary and the Smith Bros, one is old and ready for the heap, then they are in deep trouble. First they made no improvement to the pass rush since the playoff game against Tampa and that pass rush never came close to touching brady, he surgically disected the weak pass defense. This is not a good team.
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    Uhh…..Brady had a QBR of 78 and three INT’s. The only reason the Bucs won is because of the extreme difficulty of beating the all-time luckiest quarterback in the history of the NFL. Last second TD at the half? Stupid lucky, stupid defensive play-calling by coach who was fired. Walk-in TD after silver-platter fumble (second fumble for Jones…….identical to the first,) on the sixteen yard line. Stupid lucky.

  12. mnrasslinggovjesse says:
    June 21, 2021 at 10:11 am

    Yeah, quite a “disection.” Brady threw three INTs and tried to throw a fourth. He got a gift TD via the worst possible pass coverage call by Pettine before halftime, and then got bailed out with a holding call at the end. Not really a great performance in the operating room. He was lucky the rest of his “staff” saved the day.

    ————–

    Exuses, excuses, excuses. A lot of ifs, ands or buts. Bottom line is the Bucs won and the Packers lost.

  13. Even if the Packer’s pass rush is in a ‘great place,’ one needs to understand that it’s not just them who have been making omprovements to the team in the off season. Other teams have been doing the same ie. putting the cogs in place to make sure certain facets of their team are in a ‘great place’ as well. In other words, improvements teams make are not as one sided as some would like us to believe.

  14. The problem is Joe Barry will have them in the wrong place during the game. He should not be a coordinator as proven by his track record. How he got hired is a mystery to me.

  15. cellarperformance says:

    Uhh…..Brady had a QBR of 78 and three INT’s. The only reason the Bucs won is because of the extreme difficulty of beating the all-time luckiest quarterback in the history of the NFL.
    ###

    It wasn’t luck that allowed Brady to come back from 3 INT’s and lead a scoring drive that started on the Bucs 28 yard line to put the Bucs up by 8 points.

    Brady doesn’t lose his cool like the “beautiful mystery” QB. Who, BTW, went 3 and out on the last 2 “gift” INT’s his defense gave him… He completed 4 of 11 passes in his last 3 drives (with the game on the line) and was sacked twice, so effectively 4 of 13 on passing attempts.

    It’s no wonder LaFleur sent out the FG unit…

  16. The D better be good in GB. The coach has shown that in the big spot he’d rather rely on his D than a QB having an MVP season.

  17. vikingprideforever says:
    June 21, 2021 at 10:45 pm
    The D better be good in GB. The coach has shown that in the big spot he’d rather rely on his D than a QB having an MVP season.
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    …….and the Vikings were eliminated in November, forcing their fans to eat crow for Thanksgiving dinner. Which problem would you rather have? Focus on that, maybe?

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