5 moves Packers must make to win Super Bowl with Jordan Love in 2024

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3. Replace Joe Barry

Joe Barry deserves credit for the way his defense has played in recent weeks. The front seven caused all sorts of problems for the Detroit Lions' dominant offensive line in Week 12, a huge sign of progress from the previous meeting in September.

Barry has also shown a willingness to play more aggressively. He did the same against the Los Angeles Chargers next week.

In the seven games since the loss to Detroit in Week 4, Green Bay has allowed an average of only 18.3 points per contest.

But Barry still has a lot to prove. His defenses have underperformed for far too long. And while the way they restricted the Chargers and Lions was encouraging, they also played some bad offenses in that stretch, including the Brett Rypien-led Los Angeles Rams. Rypien was waived the following day.

Barry's defense may not have broken against the Chargers and Lions, but it did bend a lot, allowing 858 total yards in the two games.

If this unit plays at the level they did in Week 12 for the remainder of the season, a change may no longer be required, but that's a big if.

The Packers have the talent, especially up front. Even with a depleted secondary in Week 12, Green Bay's pass rush dominated. Barry's defense plays its best football when they have a lead.

The final six games give Barry a chance to prove himself. But until then, it's still hard to believe he is consistently getting the best out of this group. A change at defensive coordinator could help Green Bay's defense level up to become a championship unit in 2024.