The Green Bay Packers, at 4-6, are still in the hunt for a NFC Playoff spot. Of course, making the NFL Playoffs in Jordan Love’s first year as the starting quarterback would mean that the team was able to right the ship after losing four straight games earlier this season.
Obviously, to be 4-6, a great deal has gone wrong with the team. While Love and the offense have struggled, and their mistakes highlighted by both local and national media, the defense has also had its fair share of question marks.
And of course, the scapegoat for the defense’s struggles is defensive coordinator Joe Barry. His scheme is widely criticized by fans week in and week out, and perhaps rightly so. In fact, if the Los Angeles Chargers wide receivers had not dropped two easy touchdown passes on Sunday, Green Bay would be sitting at 3-7.
Early Tuesday morning, news broke that the Pittsburgh Steelers fired their offensive coordinator Matt Canada. As many fans may recall, Canada and the Steelers defeated the Packers 23-19 just a little over a week ago. His firing led fans to highlight Barry’s poor standing among the fanbase on social media.
Green Bay Packers Fans Are Quick to Point Out Joe Barry Was Outcoached by Matt Canada
The Steelers made the decision to part ways with Canada following their 13-10 loss to the Cleveland Browns on Sunday. In that game, Pittsburgh was able to muster just 278 yards on offense, including a woeful 106 passing yards.
Of course, Barry’s defense gave up 324 yards to the Steelers, the majority of those also coming on the ground. In fact, the Packers’ fun defense has given up more 200+ yard rushing games than any other team this season.
As one might imagine, Packers fans were quick to point out how Barry was outcoached by Canada immediately after the latter’s firiing:
Rejoice Steelers fans! Barry next? https://t.co/gRerLKQ2Qn
— Ama Deisel (@amar3455) November 21, 2023
Wait….you can fire a sh*tty coordinator mid-season???
Does Matt Lafleur know this?? https://t.co/KFIV67iDTX
— Mike Wickett 🇺🇲🎙🏈🏀👨👧👧👩👦🤘🚀 (@mikewickett) November 21, 2023
— Evan Witalison (@evanwitsports) November 21, 2023
The guy who took advantage of Joe Barry two weeks ago has been fired. https://t.co/RoBWFbb1aT
— Aaron Nagler (@AaronNagler) November 21, 2023
Joe Barry is eternal https://t.co/Lofv2cu8wW
— Dominion Pro Bowl Voting (@Ferd_Turgeson) November 21, 2023
One week after outcoaching Joe Barry. https://t.co/OlbV010EoO
— Wendell Ferreira (@wendellfp) November 21, 2023
— Greg Williams (@GregWilliams28) November 21, 2023
After the game against the Chargers on Sunday, Matt LaFleur went out of his way to praise Barry’s defensive schemes. One hopes that, despite the win, the obvious issues with the defense get addressed soon, whether in season or in the offseason, and the heart of those issues is coaching.