3 offseason mistakes that could cost Packers playoffs in 2023

The Green Bay Packers will regret making these offseason moves and could pay the price in the regular season.
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1. Refusing to make a change at defensive coordinator

More frustrating than any offseason move the Packers made was one they didn't. Despite the defense falling well short of expectations last year, head coach Matt LaFleur decided to stick with defensive coordinator Joe Barry.

How many times does he need to have the Packers' defensive backs sit deep on third-and-short for LaFleur to make a change?

Barry didn't put his players in the best position to succeed last season. Decisions like not having Jaire Alexander follow Justin Jefferson in Week 1 proved costly, as Alexander showed when he shut down Jefferson in the rematch at Lambeau Field.

It's not like the Packers didn't have options.

The Packers could've offered Brian Flores the job. He is an outstanding defensive coordinator and was hired by the Minnesota Vikings. Vic Fangio was available but is now the Miami Dolphins' new defensive coordinator.

Instead of hiring Flores, LaFleur will now have to figure out a way to beat his defense twice a season. Not an easy task.

LaFleur opted for continuity and showed belief in his defensive coordinator.

But last season showed us enough. The Packers had the talent of a top-10 defense. Instead, they finished 17th in total yards and 28th in sacks. Even more embarrassing was a run defense that allowed 139.5 yards per game, ranking 26th.

Not good enough, and it falls on Barry. The Packers needed to make a change.

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