1. Be more aggressive on defense
Over the past couple of years, one of the biggest frustrations with Mike Pettine’s defenses was the lack of aggressiveness. It could be third-and-3, and the Packers would have defensive backs giving a big cushion and making it easy for the offense to move the chains.
The hope was that with a change at defensive coordinator, this would be a thing of the past. One week of Joe Barry running the defense and nothing seems to have changed.
The Packers were up against a quarterback making his first start since 2019, who regularly turns the ball over, with a lack of depth at the wide receiver position to help him. Yet the Packers took a conservative approach on defense. The defensive backs sat deep, the front seven generated little pressure, and the Packers couldn’t get off the field.
If they are more aggressive against the Lions, opportunities will be there.
Detroit has one of the worst receiving corps in the league and Tyrell Williams is a doubt to play this week. There’s no reason why the Packers’ defensive backs shouldn’t be giving little cushion and forcing the receivers to beat them.
Jared Goff was pressured regularly last week and threw an interception. The Packers need to be more aggressive on defense.