The Green Bay Packers had no choice. Despite how popular Joe Barry was in the locker room, the results weren't there. On Wednesday, the Packers announced they are moving on from Barry as defensive coordinator.
Head coach Matt LaFleur must now determine the right direction for his defense in 2024. There are several interesting candidates to consider with various defensive schemes. Does LaFleur want a similar system to Barry's or is he open to something completely different?
We'll have our answer soon enough. The Packers will have to act quickly to avoid missing out on their top candidates.
Barry is no longer the defensive coordinator, but surprisingly, he might not be done in Green Bay.
Packers could still keep Joe Barry on defensive staff in 2024
Barry's days of running the defense are over, but he could still have a role to play. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter and Rob Demovsky, Barry could stay in Green Bay.
"Barry still could remain on the Packers' staff in some capacity -- a possibility that is being discussed," writes Demovsky.
While it's not something that happens often in the NFL, it could make some sense. Barry is unlikely to walk into another defensive coordinator job in the near future. He will likely take on a position coach somewhere in the league. If he's happy to remain in Green Bay, why not?
Barry may have struggled as the play-caller on defense, but there's a reason why he was hired for the job in the first place. He is a highly popular coach with players and has a lot of respect as a position coach.
He has spent time as a linebackers coach around the league, and Sean McVay promoted him to assistant head coach during his time with the Los Angeles Rams.
If Barry is open to staying in Green Bay in another role, it's not a bad idea.