The Green Bay Packers were humiliated by the Detroit Lions on Thursday Night Football. The Lions outperformed them on both sides of the ball, but a large share of the blame belongs to the defense.
We expect inconsistency from Green Bay's young offense. There were good moments and plenty of awful ones, but that's part of the journey they are on.
There are no excuses for the defense. Even without Jaire Alexander, Eric Stokes, and De'Vondre Campbell, this unit is far too talented to get bullied like they were on Thursday night. Unfortunately, many of the same issues repeatedly come up.
Head coach Matt LaFleur didn't hold back in his post-game press conference.
Matt LaFleur is finally as sick of Joe Barry as Packers fans
The number one issue on defense? You guessed it: Stopping the run. Lions head coach Dan Campbell could have handed Joe Barry the play call, and it wouldn't have mattered.
Packers fans are tired of watching the same old mistakes on defense. It seems Matt LaFleur is finally as sick as we are.
"We're going to have to do something different. It's insane to do the same things over and over again and expect different results," said LaFleur. "That's one of the best offensive lines in ball, but it's still inexcusable. You should be able to take one phase away. If you want to stop the run and commit to that, make them throw it over your head."
That feels like a shot directly at Joe Barry. It's Barry running the defense and having the players sit deep.
Barry's defense had no answer for the Lions' rushing attack. Detroit piled up 211 yards and three touchdowns on the ground. It followed the same script as two weeks ago in Atlanta. Barry played soft coverages and invited the run, and the Lions gladly accepted over and over.
We've seen it repeatedly, including against the Lions in Week 18 last year.
Retaining Barry was a mistake from LaFleur, but it's now up to the Packers' head coach to make adjustments to the defense himself. And if Barry doesn't go with it, it could be time to make an in-season change at defensive coordinator.