Joe Barry has been a very hot topic of conversation among Green Bay Packers fans over the last couple of years and it’s not in a flattering manner.
People have been calling for his job for a while, now, and there have been plenty of moments that make that a logical argument. There have been numerous defensive gaffes and head-scratching calls during Barry’s tenure to where it’s impossible to ignore the ever-growing elephant in the room, anymore: his job status.
The Packers need to fire Joe Barry. And they need to do it before their Week 16 contest against the Carolina Panthers. The last thing the franchise needs is Barry to look like a good DC against a pitiful Panthers offense. It’s time to cut ties.
Barry hasn’t been awful this year, but there have been plenty of those head-scratching moments that have played a big role in Packers losses. Remember when he had Preston Smith covering Davante Adams several weeks ago? Well, he had De’Vondre Campbell on Chris Godwin on Sunday and the end result was a 21-yard reception on 2nd and 18 that could be seen coming from a mile away.
It’s not just that, though. The Packers have now lost back-to-back games and Barry’s defense is a major reason why. He allowed Tommy DeVito to run all over the place in Week 14 and didn’t make any adjustments, whatsoever. Against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the defense allowed a season-high 34 points and it allowed at least 10 plays of 21+ yards, including the 52-yard, backbreaking catch and run by David Moore.
The Packers defense has a low ceiling under Barry and we are talking about a defense that has eight first-round draft picks and multiple All-Pros. That shouldn’t -and can’t- happen in the NFL.