Breaking news: Joe Barry Being Able to Finish the Year……

Green Bay Packers Fans Have Mixed Reactions to Massive Joe Barry Announcement Following Week 15.

Green Bay Packers defensive coordinator Joe Barry is shown during organized team activities Tuesday, May 23, 2023 in Green Bay, Wis. © MARK HOFFMAN/MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL / USA TODAY NETWORK

The Green Bay Packers are at [yet another] crossroads as they near the end of the 2023 NFL season. Their embarrassing 34-20 loss at home to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers has dropped them to 6-8. The good news, however, is that if they win their remaining three games, they have a 93% chance of making the NFL Playoffs.

The bad news, though, is that this team, particularly the defense, has shown that they are susceptible to losing to just about anyone. Defensive coordinator Joe Barry, once again, came under fire after his defense allowed 14 big plays while playing primarily a soft zone. Some even wondered if the loss spelled the end of his run as the Packers defensive coordinator.

On Monday, though, head coach Matt LaFleur told reporters that Barry would remain the Packers defensive coordinator and play caller for the remainder of the season. He added that he would be taking a bigger role in the defensive room, however, in an effort to solve whatever communication issues are occurring between Barry and his players.

The announcement, albeit not surprising, garnered mixed reactions from Packers fans.

Green Bay Packers Fans React to Joe Barry Being Able to Finish the Year as Defensive Coordinator.

As much as it may be clear that the Packers should not retain Barry for the long-term, some fans realized that the decision to keep Barry for the rest of the season is not a good indictment on the rest of the defensive coaching staff. If Barry were fired, one of them would have to take over in an interim role. Obviously, LaFleur does not think anyone on staff can do better:

As mentioned, the Packers’ playoff window is not closed yet this year. Hopefully this decision does not prove to be the thing that slams it shut.

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