Defensive coordinator Joe Barry has one looming question mark for the 2023 Green Bay Packers defense heading into OTAs next week. The Packers are missing several starters from last season on the defensive line and in the secondary. Barry will also be tasked with getting a first-round draft pick, Lukas Van Ness, up to speed with the Packers’ scheme before training camp.
This season is pivotal for Barry’s career in Green Bay. Multiple analysts have said that Barry is on the hot seat this season. It’s the wrong time for a coach to be on the hot seat with the Packers in the middle of a transformative year. Barry was asked how he’d handle one part of that transformation. But Barry doesn’t have the answer quite yet.
According to Matt Schneidman with The Athletic, Barry was asked who the starting safety would be with Darnell Savage Jr. in 2023. Barry said he didn’t know but would find out this summer:
“No, but that’s the great thing about the offseason,” Barry said.
Joe Barry asked if he knows who the Packers’ other starting safety is alongside Darnell Savage Jr.— Matt Schneidman (@mattschneidman) May 16, 2023
“No, but that’s the great thing about the offseason.” pic.twitter.com/AnyrLwNy9B
The Packers recently signed safety Jonathan Owens. He is considered a likely replacement for Adrian Amos, who is still a free agent. The Packers have said they still have the door open for Amos.
Barry will have to work with what he has in his safety room. Currently, his best option is probably Owens if Amos is not signed. But it appears the defensive room will have plenty of competition for jobs this summer. Barry might need to get some fight out of his players if he wants to return in 2024.
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