The bad man is gone. A year or two too late no doubt, but finally at long last Joe Barry is no longer the defensive coordinator for the Green Bay Packers.
It's a move that really needed to be made last offseason, or at the very least during this season, but we'll take it. Sadly LaFleur stuck with his boy until the end, which then saw a poor playing Brock Purdy dink and dunk his way down the field against a 2 man shell in the final minutes of their divisional round playoff game last Saturday. A poetic way to go out.
Over the last two years we saw these names have career days against the Packers defense.
While the Devito game was abysmal, especially since he was benched not too long after, the Panthers game was insane.
The Panthers had two games left on their schedule after the Packers. How many points did they score in those? ZERO. Zero points. Made Bryce Young look competent. If you watched that game and that game only you'd think he was the right pick over Stroud. Laughable stuff that simply could not go on any longer. Shocker that this is the same man who ran the defense of the 0-16 Lions.
So who is the next man up? Jim Leonhard, Ejiro Evero, Jesse Minter, and Al Harris are names you're going to hear a lot of. I'll take any of the four. Someone I'm terrified they pursue? Brandon Staley. He may be a fine coordinator, but the stink on him from the Chargers is too fresh to take on and hand a big role to. Can't do it. No matter who they bring in, at least it'll be a fresh voice. I'd prefer that voice be young and innovative, but beggars can't be choosers.
Bizarrely enough, there are rumors that Barry might stay on in a smaller capacity.
While that sounds weird, I don't really care either way. Seems like the players and coaches really loved working with him. Keep him around as a vibes guy and nothing else.
As long as he's not running the defense moving forward this is a win. The big domino that had to fall has fallen. To new beginnings.