clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Cheese Curds, 12/18: What more could it possibly take to force a change at DC?

We’ll see if Matt LaFleur examining the tape of Sunday’s game is enough to force him into a midseason move.

If you buy something from an SB Nation link, Vox Media may earn a commission. See our ethics statement.

Green Bay Packers v Philadelphia Eagles Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images

For the first time in Lambeau Field history, a visiting quarterback had a perfect passer rating on Sunday. That’s bad enough regardless of who it is, but the quarterback who did it was Baker Mayfield.

And perhaps the craziest part of that stat line is that a look back at the tape shows he barely needed to make any difficult throws. It was truly the piece de resistance for Green Bay Packers defensive coordinator Joe Barry, someone whose title may well finally be “former defensive coordinator” soon.

Matt LaFleur’s postgame comments were noncommittal about Barry’s future, which is a far cry from his full-throated support of his assistant earlier this season — even after other bad defensive performances. That is the biggest sign that something has finally shifted for the head coach, but the question remains whether he would actually be willing to make a move in-season.

LaFleur has changed coordinators before, but it has always come after the season. And for better or worse, there is not a defensive assistant on staff who has experience calling defensive plays at the NFL level, so it’s difficult to say who could step in and take over at this point. This may well be a situation where the team makes a change after the season wraps up.

While Sunday’s defensive performance may or may not get Barry fired immediately, it does feel like the nail in the coffin on the question shifting from “if” Barry will get fired to “when.”

Report Card: Grading Joe Barry, Packers After Loss to Buccaneers - Sports Illustrated
Is there a grade lower than an F?

Is Packers DC Joe Barry on the hot seat after collapse against Buccaneers? - The Athletic ($)
Does a Bear crap in the woods or drop a would-be game-winning Hail Mary?

Packers coach Matt LaFleur seeks 'solutions' after defense 'shredded' in loss - ESPN
After this game, it's tough to imagine any solutions for the 2023 season other than the offense simply scoring every time they have the football. It seems we all know what the long-term solution is, and Matt LaFleur's non-answers about Barry's future are an indication that he's finally starting to know as well.

Game notes: Rookie pass-catchers help fuel Packers’ offense | Packers.com
There were some bright spots in this game, but they all came on offense -- largely in the forms of Dontayvion Wicks and Tucker Kraft.

Packers RB Aaron Jones provides early spark for offense in return vs. Bucs | Packers Wire
Jones was a bright spot early as well, rushing for 44 yards on 8 carries on the offense's first drive. But then the team ignored the running game almost complete, as the running backs combined for just 7 carries the rest of the game.

Alleged Ohio bank robber forgot to write 'money' on demand note because he was high | WCHS
I don't remember the lyric "I was gonna rob a bank, but then I got high," but maybe I need to go back and listen to the song again.