Packers’ defense has been massive disappointment in 2022
The Green Bay Packers‘ offense hasn’t been consistent enough this season, but that was expected.
Green Bay lost key starters like Davante Adams, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Lucas Patrick, and Billy Turner in the offseason. Rookie receivers Christian Watson and Romeo Doubs would always need time.
But it’s a different story for the defense.
Joe Barry’s unit was expected to be among the best in the league with a group filled with first-round picks and free-agency additions. A defense also featuring multiple Pro Bowlers and All-Pros.
However, the defense has fallen well short of expectations.
The biggest issue has been stopping the run.
Opposing offenses have run the ball early and often against the Packers, and mostly to great success. Green Bay is allowing 154.8 rushing yards per game, which ranks 30th in the NFL. The Packers are giving up 5.0 yards per carry, ranking 29th in the league.
The run defense hit rock bottom in the defeat to the Philadelphia Eagles, allowing 363 yards and three touchdowns on the ground.
Defensive coordinator Joe Barry also deserves a share of the blame.
How often have the defensive backs sat deep on third-and-short, allowing an easy completion? The Packers have one of the best cornerback groups in the league including All-Pro Jaire Alexander, but Barry has had his defensive backs sit off receivers far too often.
It has been a consistent problem in recent seasons, yet the Packers keep doing it.
While it was always expected that the offense would take some time to find its way this season, expectations were high for the defense.
However, allowing 23.2 points per game, the Packers rank 21st in scoring defense.
Whether it’s on the defensive coordinator, head coach, or the players, the defense hasn’t reached its potential. To have any hope of making the playoffs, they must make significant improvements during the bye week.