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Wednesday Cheese Curds: Personnel tweaks might be all the Packers can do on defense

They’re not changing coordinators, so all the Packers can really change on defense is who’s on the field.

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A famous Packers quarterback once said that this game is about people. If the Packers are going to make the playoffs — or at least show improvement on defense over the final three games of the season — that idea will probably prove true.

They’ve already decided that one person isn’t going anywhere. Matt LaFleur stopped far short of full-throated support for Joe Barry in his press conference on Monday, but he did make it clear that the embattled defensive coordinator is here to stay. That means if the Packers are going to take steps forward on that side of the ball, it’s going to have to come from the people actually on the field.

That is, of course, easier said than done. If improvement was as simple as “make the players play better,” the Packers would have done that long ago. I hope so, at least. It’s hard to be sure. But even if they can’t just flip a switch to get better performances from the guys doing the job of stopping opposing offenses, maybe they could at least try getting some different people more involved.

If the goal on offense this season has been figuring out what the Packers have and what they can be, maybe the goal for the rest of the season on defense should be determining who deserves to be here for the duration of the rebuild. Veterans on this year’s team, such as they are, are almost exclusively clustered on defense. A few likely won’t survive the trip to 2024 and beyond just given their age and the reality of their cap situations. But the Packers should be putting the work in to figure out who on this year’s team deserves to be a part of the long-term defensive core.

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