Joe Barry’s seat got a little cooler in the preseason after he made a huge change to his game-day plans ahead of the Green Bay Packers’ first contest Friday night. This is a big season for Barry and the Packers’ defense.
With Jordan Love in his first season as the starting quarterback on a young offense, the Packers will rely on their defense to carry to them this season. Barry has struggled to field a defense capable of that in recent years. Many analysts have him on the hot seat this year.
The Green Bay Packers announce Joe Barry’s new game-day position
Barry made a significant change to his game day routine for Friday that will literally put him on a seat. But it won’t likely be hot. According to Rob Demovsky with ESPN, the Packers’ depth chart released Tuesday shows Barry will get to be in the air-conditioned coaches’ box against the Cincinnati Bengals.
The first “unofficial” depth chart of the season released by the Packers.
Also note that DC Joe Barry will coach from the box on Friday at Cincinnati. He was typically on the sideline last season. pic.twitter.com/cTQzWZHK9I
— Rob Demovsky (@RobDemovsky) August 8, 2023
The box helps coaches see the field better. Some coordinators prefer being in the box for that reason. Other coordinators don’t like their disconnect from the players during the game.
Barry made the chance for the Packers’ game against the Bengals. It’s unclear if that will continue to be his main routine this season.
Barry’s move to the box makes a lot of sense. Barry needs to be willing to throw anything to the wall and hope it sticks if he wants to continue coaching in Green Bay after this season. The transition could help a defense that’s already looking to remedy one major criticism of fans, their defensive back’s alignment before the snap.
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