Despite the Green Bay Packers having their coaching staff set, defensive coordinator Joe Barry’s name starts trending on social media whenever there is news surrounding a different team’s defensive coordinator position makes headlines. In this case, the position in question hit a bit close to home. Jim Leonhard, the former Wisconsin Badgers defensive coordinator and interim head coach, has reportedly interviewed for the top defensive job with the NFC Champion Philadelphia Eagles. As one may expect, Packers fans had some things to say about the situation.
Green Bay Packers Fans Would Prefer Jim Leonhard Over Joe Barry
To be fair, the idea of Jim Leonhard as the Packers defensive coordinator is not something that Green Bay fans came from the Packers themselves when they interviewed and offered Leonhard the position back in 2021. Of course, Leonhard turned it down to stay at Wisconsin, but the recent coaching transition on the Badgers have made things, well, complicated. Leonhard left the program and is on the market. Meanwhile, the Packers’ defense has underperformed and there were reports that Jerry Gray thought so little of Barry’s scheme, he had his defensive backs deviate from it.
Gray is now with the Atlanta Falcons and numerous high-profile defensive coaches have been available and accepted jobs around the NFL. Such names include Brian Flores (Vikings) and Vic Fangio (Dolphins). All the while, the Packers have maintained they will not look elsewhere for a new/better defensive coordinator.
All of this being said, Packers fans reacted as one might have expected when news broke that Leonhard was interviewing with the Eagles:
This year could end up being both a referendum on Brian Gutekunst (Jordan Love) AND Matt LaFleur (Joe Barry) for key decisions they made over the last few seasons.
Getting those wrong could end up costing one or both of them their jobs, or at least severely undercutting GB.
— Peter Bukowski (@Peter_Bukowski) February 20, 2023
Really starting to dislike Joe Barry https://t.co/mFP0C3tU9z
— Wisconsin Clothing Company (@WiscoClothingCo) February 20, 2023
Yet here we are with Joe Barry still being employed… MLF better hope to god Joe makes changes or he could be the reason MLF is fired sooner than later https://t.co/5Rdra3Ftpp
— Taylor in Franklin (@tfromfranklin) February 20, 2023
But we have Joe Barry guys we’ll be fine!!!! https://t.co/RJbAtuDqmk
— Kush (@kush7_) February 20, 2023
and we're STILL rocking with joe barry? https://t.co/gdj3LKtl4I
— T-4 days 🧀🦌 (@notjknox) February 20, 2023
Hopefully Barry proves everyone wrong and the Packers’ defense is improved in 2023. If it is not, well, it is not every offseason that there is a pool of such high-quality defensive coordinators on the market. Let’s hope the Packers did not blow it.
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