Nobody wishes for someone to lose their job, but the NFL is a tough business, and there is no denying the Green Bay Packers needed a change on defense.
And they've done it. According to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero, the Packers have fired defensive coordinator Joe Barry.
Green Bay's defense battled over the final four games. Joe Barry played with more aggressiveness, but ultimately, it wasn't enough to save his job. Matt LaFleur has made a much-needed change. Barry's unit has shown flashes of dominant play over the past three seasons, but they have disappointed too often.
LaFleur's offense has been fantastic for most of his tenure. Aaron Rodgers won back-to-back MVPs, and Jordan Love enjoyed a breakout first season as the Packers' quarterback. But the defense has lacked consistency.
The pressure is on LaFleur to get his next hire right. He picked Barry after firing Mike Pettine in 2021. It was the wrong choice. He must now get it right.
Packers fans have been reacting to the decision to fire Barry on social media.
Packers fans react on social media to Joe Barry firing
It was the right time. Barry was always popular with the Packers players, and it's never fun to see someone lose their job. But he wasn't getting the most out of this defense, and LaFleur had to make a tough call.
Packers fans knew it was time to make a switch at defensive coordinator.
The pressure is now on Matt LaFleur to find the right replacement. He hired Barry in 2021 after moving on from Mike Pettine, but it didn't work out. He must now find the best coordinator to take this defense to another level in 2024.
Green Bay's offense hit an elite level in the second half of the season, but the defense consistently let the team down, especially in losses to the New York Giants and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Packers then needed 33 points to get past the Carolina Panthers.
The question now? Who comes in? If LaFleur gets it right, it will go a long way to making Green Bay contenders in the NFC next season.