Matt LaFleur anticipates Joe Barry’s return as defensive coordinator

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Packers defensive coordinator Joe Barry was the subject of much criticism when the Packers were on a losing streak at the middle of this season, but head coach Matt LaFleur resisted making any change.

On Monday, LaFleur suggested he’ll continue to stay the course with Barry. The Packers defense got better in the final stretches of the season and LaFleur said that Barry’s return for another season in Green Bay is “what I anticipate.”

“I do think there’s something to the guys that we do have in this building,” LaFleur said, via Bill Huber of SI.com. “Certainly, I think there’s a lot of things that all of us can improve upon, most notably myself. But I do believe in the people, not only in the locker room, but our coaching staff. And like I said, are there a lot of things that we’ve got to improve upon? Absolutely. No doubt about it. But it’s my intention to try and have everybody back. I think continuity is a big part of having success in this league.”

The Packers could see major change this offseason depending on what quarterback Aaron Rodgers decides to do, but it doesn’t look like missing the playoffs is going to lead to a staff overhaul.

39 responses to “Matt LaFleur anticipates Joe Barry’s return as defensive coordinator

  1. MLF demise is on tract if he retains Joe Barry. Another year of continuity like the last year and there will be a total house cleaning. The entire Packer coaching staff needs to look in the mirror and see they are a huge part of the Packer’s failure this year. Continuity my butt, make some changes and a lot of them for the betterment of the team cuz what they are doing now is not working.

  2. And when you defense is traditionally horrific the bar is always set low. My 5 favorite teams in the NFC are happy for this move. Was looking forward to the 49ers pounding you AGAIN this weekend.

  3. I expected this but it is still disappointing. Another year of being totally predictable and misusing talent on the way.

  4. There shouldn’t be an overhaul of the coaching staff or in the front office. They made the bed, they need to sleep in it. It would be a little easier by getting rid of Rodgers first, somehow.

  5. My prediction, if Joe Barry does return, MLF will lose his own job because of it. Joe Barry. Is easily the worst DC among the.32 in the NFL.

  6. No, dump him.Bring in Leonhard from Wisconsin. Leonhard will get the defense to play with an attitude. Barry doesn’t force discipline from his players.

  7. And this is why Matt Lafluer should not be a head coach. He is to soft and afraid to hurt someones feelings. The rest of the NFL knows Barry sucks.I hope all the defensive coaches all quit on him. Welcome to the 70’s & 80’s Packer fans.

  8. So, the defense was terrible for most of the year, undisciplined all year, the whole team goes rouge whenever they feel like it, they play soft just like their coach but we’ll keep the
    Gang all together, clean house top to bottom,

  9. “I think continuity is a big part of having success in this league.”

    That right there raises my comfort level with LaFleur exponentially.

    The other NFCN teams seem like they may have finally found their guys, but it’s not gonna be as easy as everybody thinks. Hopefully they’re given enough time and resources to succeed.

    If Detroit fires MCDC I’ll storm the castle WITH the Lion fans.

  10. Respectfully, Mr. LaFleur…As the cliche goes, you are paddling the wrong path up The River Of Denial….as in
    change is part of life…..and Mr. Barry is NOT an effective Defensive Coordinator.

    Wow: I am amazed at your ineptitude to see a new direction is necessary here.

    By staying with Mr. Barry you are proving yourself correct with the above statement that reads: “Certainly, I think there’s a lot of things that all of us can improve upon, most notably myself.”

    Looks like this statement will be an ongoing mantra for you in 2023.

  11. Its up to the GM but lets just hope he is gone by the start of training camp 23.he is too soft with his defensive schemes and he is too stubborn to change it.

  12. That’s insane. While everybody likes to blame Rodgers for this season, the defense underachieving was the biggest reason they started 4-8.

  13. The lack of discipline of quay walker and Rasul Douglas and Jarran Reed committing unsportsmanlike conduct penalties in a playoff type game is unforgivable and it reflects on the coaching staff and lack of accountability of players. Reminds me of the Jim Schwartz Lions defenses with Suh. They can’t win because they can’t control themselves.

  14. Yessss. Bring ’em all back again just to sputter out to a 4-8 start again and miss the playoffs. This team has little chance to be above .500 next year.

  15. I give Berry credit for the D playing pretty well down the stretch. I also give Berry credit for the D playing terrible to start the season.

    They need to play much better given the draft capital investment on that side of the ball.

  16. Regardless of what happens at the qb position, the decision to keep Barry kills any optimism I have for next season.

  17. Joe Barry is responsible for green Bay’s cheap shot culture defense. Its only right he be brought back to deal with it.

  18. I say this as an opposing fan that on occasion likes to poke cheesers with sharp sticks — the Packer’s defensive personnel were too talented to play that poorly and without discipline. That’s coaching. Why repeat that?

  19. I say this as an opposing fan that on occasion likes to poke cheesers with sharp sticks — the Packer’s defensive personnel were too talented to play that poorly and without discipline. That’s coaching. Why repeat that?
    ==========

    Tons of cash and high picks invested. But how many players do they really have?

    Gary, Clark, Campbell, Alexander.. Walker, IF he can keep his head.

    They still have holes everywhere. No pass rush outside of Gary. The front was TERRIBLE against the run. Nobody knows what those coverages were, and the safeties were particularly bad.

    There is a player problem as well. Unless they find the next Buddy Ryan, or draft the next Ed Reed, I’m counting on more of the same next year.

  20. But how many players do they really have?
    +++++++
    Rasul Douglas, Preston Smith.

    Don’t know what happened to Amos, Stokes, and Savage. Major disappointments, not sure why.

  21. I can only say dumb and dumber, actually I’m livid about this, has to be the dumbest thing ever, lafleur should be sent packing, he’s nothing more than a cheerleader with no backbone whatsoever, what cluster

  22. I was afraid of this.

    A fraudulent late-season defensive run, fueled by an unsustainable number of turnovers that covered up the fact they still couldn’t get stops, tricked LaFleur into thinking that Barry is actually a competent DC.

    There goes the last chance for a turnaround until well into the Jordan Love era (at earliest).

  23. Rasul Douglas, Preston Smith.

    Don’t know what happened to Amos, Stokes, and Savage. Major disappointments, not sure why.
    ==========

    Its hard to judge any of the DBs beacuse the coverages were completely inept.

    But Amos looks finished. He was a step behind everything last year.

    Can’t rely on Savage going forward. He looked okay his rookie year, but not since. Rudy Ford was a noticeable improvement when Savage was benched.

    I don’t think Smith will be back with his money being what it is. They can replace his numbers with younger guys.

  24. MLF was asked the question at the press conference. He answered the smart way without throwing him under the bus. You can’t fire him without telling him he is fired.

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