The 2023 season has truly been a tale of two halves for the Green Bay Packers, who find themselves with a record of 6-6 after beating the Kansas City Chiefs in Green Bay on Sunday Night Football. It hasn't been an "easy" season for the Pack, but nobody really expected it to be.
This was always going to be a season of evaluation and growth for one of the youngest rosters in the NFL, led by a young quarterback getting his first shot to really prove himself without the shadow of Aaron Rodgers.
This season has included a number of redemption stories. Not only have the Packers re-entered the playoffs chat, but a number of players (and even a coach) have perhaps made their way back into the circle of trust after it looked like they had gone past the point of no return.
1. Joe Barry
It's been a fascinating season for the Green Bay Packers defensive coordinator. We've gone from speculating which candidates might end up replacing Barry to now looking at the potential that his unit could be making one of the best second-half turnarounds in the entire NFL.
Since Week 5, Barry's defense is allowing just 18.4 points per game. Over this last five-game stretch where the Packers are 4-1, the defense has given up an average of 17.4 points per game.
That stretch of games has included some tough matchups against the Lions, Chargers, and Chiefs, so it's no small feat, especially since the Packers have dealt with injuries and traded away cornerback Rasul Douglas.
Barry's unit has had a great stretch as the Packers have clawed back into contention.