Packers fans are furious at Joe Barry after defense blows victory vs. Falcons

Joe Barry's defense costs the Packers victory in Week 2.
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The Green Bay Packers blew a 12-point fourth-quarter lead to suffer their first defeat of the Jordan Love era. Joe Barry's unit had no answer for the Atlanta Falcons' run game in the second half and has to take most of the blame for the loss.

Atlanta rushed for 211 yards and a touchdown, averaging 4.7 yards per attempt. It was the same old story for Green Bay's defense under Barry. The Packers can dominate when offenses are one-dimensional and forced to pass, but when Green Bay needs to regularly stop the run, it's game over.

The Falcons scored on four of their five second-half possessions, dominating time of possession with a heavy dose of the ground game. The Packers had no answer, and the blame falls on Barry after yet another defensive disappointment.

Head coach Matt LaFleur surprisingly stuck with Barry during the offseason, and Packers fans aren't happy after his defense struggled with all the same problems we've seen over the past two seasons.

Packers fans blame Joe Barry for loss to Falcons, and they are right

After an awful second-half performance by the defense, Packers fans are furious with Joe Barry, and who could blame them?

Perhaps the play that sums up Joe Barry's defense came on a third-and-3 late in the fourth quarter. Star running back Bijan Robinson lined up out wide, and he was covered by De'Vondre Campbell. Barry had Campbell give Robinson a huge cushion. The results were predictable, with the rookie running back picking up 10 yards on Desmond Ridder's easiest completion all day.

LaFleur stuck with Barry, a decision that didn't go down with the fanbase. Performances like this don't help.

Green Bay has all the defensive talent in the world, but it still can't stop the run. Once again, Barry's defense is left with more questions than answers.

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