Joe Barry has a tough test this week
Joe Barry’s defense gave up 500 yards of total offense to the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 12. 363 of those yards came from the Eagles’ rushing attack. Barry will have a challenge defending the run against the Chicago Bears this week if quarterback Justin Fields is healthy. The Bears boast the most running yards by an NFL team this season by over 500 yards coming into their Week 13 matchup.
Barry’s defense will need to play better for the Packers to notch their fifth win of the season during their first game in December. The Packers’ defense is arguably responsible for losing the team’s previous two must-win games in a bid to reach the playoffs.
The defense couldn’t get off the field against the Tennessee Titans and gave up 40 points to the Eagles. It was a wasted effort by the Packers’ offense that put up 33 points on Sunday Night Football. Barry has been drilled on social media for the defense’s results this season. Head coach Matt LaFleur defended Barry once again this week to an angsty press core.
Barry gives an interesting comment on his struggles this season
According to Ryan Wood of USA Today, Barry was asked where he could have done better this season. Barry appeared to defend his decision-making:
“The last thing I will ever do is second guess anything. Sure there are times in a game you’d like a specific call back, but as far as second guessing anything, I’m not wired that way.”
Asked Joe Barry where his shortcomings have been this season. He stands by his process: "The last thing I will ever do is second guess anything. Sure there are times in a game you'd like a specific call back, but as far as second guessing anything, I'm not wired that way."
— Ryan Wood (@ByRyanWood) December 1, 2022
Barry has defended his scheme the entire year. He appears unwilling or unable to make the changes that most fans and analysts think are necessary. It’s hard to hear that Barry doesn’t second-guess his mistakes. That’s something one should want to have in order to progress. It’s certainly something that LaFleur has said he does during games.
One can’t say Barry refuses to learn from his mistakes because in order to refuse he’d have to acknowledge they were made. We’ll see how long Barry lasts in this staff as he continues to make blunders he’s unwired to learn from.