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SB Nation Reacts, Wildcard Week: Packers fans don’t think Joe Barry is safe

Only 27 percent of fans are convinced Barry has solidified himself on the 2023 coaching staff.

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Welcome to SB Nation Reacts, a survey of fans across the NFL. Throughout the year we ask questions of the most plugged-in Green Bay Packers fans and fans across the country. Sign up here to participate.

Let’s take one final look at the Green Bay Packers’ 2022 season before moving on to 2023. With the draft, free agency and Aaron Rodgers Watch 2023 on the horizon, there’s no better time to tie a bow on the 8-9 Packers than now. This week, we had three questions for you and some of the results — specifically, the one about defensive coordinator Joe Barry’s job status — might surprise you.

If you want a visual for the rollercoaster of a season that the Packers have had, look no further than our week-to-week confidence poll. Aspirations were high coming into 2022 but plummeted when the Packers started adding losses during their “easy stretch of the season.” A big win over the Dallas Cowboys breathed life into the team before an embarrassing Thursday Night Football blowout nearly ended Green Bay’s season then and there. A slow climb at the end of the season put the Packers in a win-and-in position against the Detroit Lions with postseason hopes on the line...leading to the third major collapse in fan confidence.

Over two-thirds of you think Aaron Rodgers will be playing football next season. The next big question is if it’s in Green Bay or elsewhere. Danny Heifetz of The Ringer wrote an article this week about why the New York Jets make the most sense as a landing spot for the former NFL MVP. If he becomes a Jet, let’s hope he doesn’t go to the Minnesota Vikings the next year and end up stealing federal welfare money a decade later.

Here’s what Acme Packing Company’s readers had to say about it:


I almost hope barry stays( not really) cause it will get mlf fired after next season when they fail miserably again !!


The physical nature of their play against the Vikings, that gave me a glimmer of hope, wasn’t to be seen against the Lions. Like Larivee said they got handled inside on offense and defense. That shit needs to stop and I don’t see it stopping unless they get a DC with enough clout to tell LaFleur physical practices leads to a physical team.

#End the softness


Did Barry saved his job ? Hell no but I knew he would be back cause clueless MLF is his buddy

To let Barry go shows that MLF blew it

Personally they both should be replaced , between soft defense and poor play calling from MLF , I will not hold my breath for any improvement as long as MLF is there

Despite the fact that head coach Matt LaFleur has stated that he doesn’t anticipate many changes to his coaching staff in 2023, nearly three-quarters of Packers fans aren’t buying that defensive coordinator Joe Barry has saved his job.

If Green Bay is going to dip its toe into the defensive coordinator market, they need to start acting fast, though. The Cleveland Browns have already fired their DC and Dean Pees retired in Atlanta. That’s not including all of the head coaching openings, sans the Denver Broncos, who will likely make a change at defensive coordinator once they hire a top dog.

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