It’s no secret that the Green Bay Packers have struggled mightily this season on the defensive end. A lot of the blame has been pinned on defensive coordinator Joe Barry and his supposed lack of competence for the task at hand. So much so, that fans have been asking the front office to get rid of the veteran coach at the soonest possible time.
Green Bay Packers DC Joe Barry Speaks Out
Barry is not shying away from the notion that the team’s defense has left a lot to be desired. After all, the fact that they’ve allowed 76 points over their last three games — two of which resulted in losses — is a clear testament to the same.
“That’s something I’ve definitely have gone back the last 72 hours and looked at,” Barry said, via the team website. “We had some time. I went back and looked at all four games and it’s not one thing that you can pinpoint. I just went back again this morning and watched all 42 runs from Thursday night and it’s not one thing. It’s one thing on this play, it’s another thing on this play. You have 30 runs that you play really well. It’s a number of things but we’ve got to correct it, we will correct it. We’re exploring everything right now. When we’re in one of those games, we have to put our foot down and stop it. It wasn’t obviously good enough Thursday night.”
Barry was referring to Thursday’s brutal loss to divisional rivals, the Detroit Lions. Green Bay’s defense allowed their opponents to score 27 points in the first half alone. As the DC said, this simply wasn’t good enough.
Joe Barry Remains Confident in His Ability
In spite of the problems the defense has faced over the past several weeks, Barry remains unfazed. The 53-year-old coach is confident that his players have what it takes to turn things around moving forward. Barry is also adamant that he remains to be the right man for the job:
“When you’re in the type of game like that you do have to be able to do something structurally just from a system standpoint. And we can and we will. When we’re in those situations, we have to do it,” Barry continued. “Those are all things we’re working through right now because every game’s different. You’re not going to defend 40 runs in every game but when you’re in a game like that, you’ve got to be able to have an answer. It’s my job to give our players an answer, and we will moving forward.”
Whether or not the front office, the fans, and the players will share Barry’s enthusiasm over the next weeks, however, remains to be seen.
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