Matt LaFleur and the Green Bay Packers’ season ended un-ceremoniously on Sunday Night. Following a 20-16 loss to the Detroit Lions, the Packers’ playoff hopes were dashed. From 4-8 to a playoff berth fell one game short. The Packers finished the season 8-9 and left a lot to be desired on the field. Coming into the season the Packers defense was regarded to be a top-five unit in the NFL. Needless to say, they fell drastically short of those expectations. On Monday Matt LaFleur was asked about the Packers’ intentions regarding defensive coordinator Joe Barry.
Packers Don’t Expect To Move On From DC Joe Barry
Per Zach Kruse of The Packers Wire:
Matt LaFleur said he “anticipates” Joe Barry being his defensive coordinator next season. Not expecting many staff changes for 2023. The Packers gave up 371 points in 2021 and 371 points in 2022. If Joe Barry is back next year, it’ll be the first time he’s made it to Year 3 as the defensive coordinator. Two years and out in Detroit, two years and out in Washington.
- 6th overall in passing yards allowed (3,349 yards, 197 per game)
- 26th overall in rushing yards allowed (2,372 yards, 139 per game)
- 4th overall (tied) in interceptions (17)
- 18th overall in forced fumbles (12)
- 17th (tied) overall in points allowed per game (21.8)
The Packers’ defense certainly wasn’t the worst in the league in 2022, however, they didn’t even come close to reaching expectations. Next year Green Bay will get back DE Rashan Gary back which will vastly help the rush defense.
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