Pack-A-Day Podcast - Episode 928 - Packers Set to Hire Joe Barry as Defensive Coordinator

On today's show, Gage and Mike break down the Packers' decision to hire Joe Barry as their new defensive coordinator. Find out what he will bring to Green Bay and what type of defense to expect.

On today's show, Gage and Mike break down the Packers' decision to hire Joe Barry as their new defensive coordinator. Find out what he will bring to Green Bay and what type of defense to expect. Don't miss it!
 

 

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SugarCain's picture

February 07, 2021 at 09:22 am

Lafluer couldn’t land his first choice!
Not a good sign if you can’t sell the Packers over the Badgers.
Two years ago he did not get his 1st choice in Special Teams Coord. And look how that turned out. I don’t have a good feeling about this choice —50 yr old White Guy who has done nothing in his career as a DC. Lafluer wants the Staley system so he got this guy to run it.

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ImaPayne's picture

February 07, 2021 at 12:57 pm

Ya only a despirate person like Berry would want to take on the dumpster fire called the Pack Defense. Sorry but I thought the defense sucked most of the year and was saved by Rodgers and Adams.

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Demon's picture

February 07, 2021 at 02:34 pm

I must admit i am not thrilled with the choice either. Can you please tell me what difference it would mean if he is white , black, asian etc?

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Vanzummeren@charter.net's picture

February 07, 2021 at 10:13 am

I agree that his past isn't impressive at all - but now we need to pick coaches on their skin color?? So - now the Packers are a racist organization, although they just fired a 50-year white guy so they could keep the up&coming young black guy. Maybe we should have hired a crippled mentally challenged native america/black/hispanic transvestite - based on your criteria - we would have a defensive better than the 85 Bears

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nygary's picture

February 07, 2021 at 10:52 am

Wow sugarcain you have a very different outlook, different from normal people. Crazy part is, I'm not normal but after reading your post I don't feel so bad.

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sherrmann's picture

February 07, 2021 at 01:38 pm

I'm underwhelmed by this choice! Of all of the candidates out there...couldn't the packers have gone after a candidate that actually presided over talented and successful defenses? By all appearances..he seems like nothing more than "just a guy" with some coaching experience!
There was that "Richards" fellow that at one time helped bring about a top 5 ranking defenses, several times while DC of the Seahawks for an example...why not somebody like him!! there were numerous candidates that would have been an improvement over what we previously had!! instead...coach Lafluer ended up picking somebody that he had worked simply worked with before! Frustrating and disappointing....are my first reactions!!

Now if he ends up being the "second coming" of great DC's in the league than i will happily apologize!!
that being said........if the packers Defense...going forward performs worse or no better than before......then i don't want to hear it from Lafleurs mouth complaining about it since he is partly to blame..based on his choice of picking some average coach instead of somebody with proven success!

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Alberta_Packer's picture

February 07, 2021 at 07:35 pm

Like many, I had Barry, just based on his resume, as an improbable choice. So his hiring was a head scratcher but MLF knows better than any of us what he is looking for in a DC. However the hiring does continue the trend of Packers (like many other NFL teams) of hiring non-minorities for key, upper-echelon coaching and management positions. I also wonder how many of the minority candidates were interviewed because of their qualifications and others because of the NFLs diverse hiring practices - that is strictly for cosmetic purposes. Apparently the Packers wanted a fresh and new voice as a DC. While Barry is new his hire doesn't seem to be very "fresh." I believe that the Packers missed an opportunity to make a statement with a (qualified) minority hire.Surely there is another Todd Bowles waiting in the wings somewhere.

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Gman1976's picture

February 07, 2021 at 02:05 pm

Why can’t we hire someone based on the content of their character and not their skin color as MLK spoke about?

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Alberta_Packer's picture

February 07, 2021 at 02:11 pm

Diversity

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KenEllis's picture

February 07, 2021 at 04:57 pm

Come on now Alberta, the next thing you're going to insinuate is that Joe Barry benefitted from nepotism ... just cause his daddy-in-law Rod Marinelli gave him his first DC job in Detroit ... after Joey worked for Rod in Tampa Bay. We know that is not how the NFL coaching business works, it is merit, merit, and nothing but merit.

The next thing you'll probably claim is that Barry benefited from the fact that his old man Mike also coached in the NFL (when there were even fewer opportunities for African-Americans to coach) and that gave him a leg up in the coaching fraternity.

I'm sure some folks also claimed nepotism was the reason that Mike McCarthy hired former longtime Texas A&M Coach R.C. Slocum's kid Shawn to coordinate the Pack's special teams. Hogwash, we all know Shawn was a great Special Teams Coordinator and his daddy's name had nothing to do with it.

Surely somewhat with such a sterling track record in Detroit and Washington, Joe Barry DESERVED a third opportunity as an NFL Defensive Coordinator, right?

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Demon's picture

February 07, 2021 at 02:41 pm

Id give 10 thumbs up if i could. I would also like to add........ besides character, how about intelligence, knowledge and proven success.

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Lphill's picture

February 07, 2021 at 03:05 pm

Ray Rhodes ring a bell?

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GA-Packer's picture

February 07, 2021 at 07:19 pm

8-8 isn’t worse in Packers history I assure you.

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The_Justicar's picture

February 07, 2021 at 07:58 pm

While I despise the hire....the packers had two coordinator jobs open...one went to a minority and one did not. To always insinuate that race played a part in either hire is ridiculous. They were racist to hire one but not racist for the other? Also...I am sure the new special teams coordinator would not be pleased to hear people say he wasn’t the most qualified candidate but instead was hired solely due to race. Real boost to the ego.

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The_Justicar's picture

February 07, 2021 at 07:58 pm

While I despise the hire....the packers had two coordinator jobs open...one went to a minority and one did not. To always insinuate that race played a part in either hire is ridiculous. They were racist to hire one but not racist for the other? Also...I am sure the new special teams coordinator would not be pleased to hear people say he wasn’t the most qualified candidate but instead was hired solely due to race. Real boost to the ego.

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Alberta_Packer's picture

February 07, 2021 at 08:51 pm

" We will be working with our players to make a $250,000 donation to Wisconsin causes that support social justice and racial equality and announcing the donations in the near future." - Mark Murphy, June 04, 2020

For your edification, check the Packers Front Office - Administration, Football Operations, Player Personnel etc... and count the number of minority personnel in the top half of each department. Hint: you'll only need one hand.

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alal's picture

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pacman's picture

February 07, 2021 at 08:31 pm

It's halftime and I was hoping that Brady get his butt kicked. But we see how putting together a team is getting the best players, not getting a qb for a few years down the road. (yeah, bringing that up again). And TB D is playing lights out. And Packers sign a failed DC. MLF said of the game against TB the D calls, that the buck stops with him. So what did he do - he fires the DC. And now brings in what might be a yes man - why else does he get picked?

MLF did a good job of redesigning the offense plays - something that EVERYBODY except MM knew had to be done. But his play calling was not exemplary, let ST falter all year an now he picks a very questionable new DC.

So I go back to statements after the Love pick - if mgmt thought Packers were one player away from SB, they would not have picked Love. I don't fully blame them bc Rodgers did seem to be declining. Now it seems that mgmt might be the bigger issue in GB - just as it had been under MM/TT/MM/DC/SC/etc.

Just a bit of a frustrated rant. I still need that vacation.

Always GPG!

Addendum - now it's 31-9 - is TB laying off. Nope! Any 3 man rushes. Nope! That's D.

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4thand1's picture

February 08, 2021 at 12:18 am

We could have won it all this year. Tampa's D should be MVPlayers.

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