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Tom Silverstein  -    It's official, Packers coach Matt LaFleur has told people he is hiring LA Chargers passing game coordinator Joe Barry as his next defensive coordinator, a source said. It was down to Barry and Ejiro Evero and after Jim Leonhard turned down LaFleur, but went for the experience.

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Tom Silverstein  -    It's official, Packers coach Matt LaFleur has told people he is hiring LA Chargers passing game coordinator Joe Barry as his next defensive coordinator, a source said. It was down to Barry and Ejiro Evero and after Jim Leonhard turned down LaFleur, but went for the experience.

I wish we kept Mike Pettine.

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Andy Herman -    As I mentioned with Evero, it’s not super reassuring that both Sean McVay’s Rams and Brandon Staley’s Chargers had defensive coordinator openings and neither went with Barry. Unlike Evero, however, Barry did get a passing game coordinator promotion going to the Chargers.

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Andy Herman  -    You guys know I like to lean positive with this stuff but underwhelming seems like the appropriate term for the Barry hire. It certainly doesn’t mean it’ll be bad or not work out, but it’s tough to point to anything in his career and say, wow, that’ll instantly make GB better.

With most things in football, the initial reaction isn’t always the right reaction. Most were very excited about Pettine. We’ll see what happens.

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In DC, he didn't do more with less. I watched a lot of Washington games in 2015 and 2016.

 

To be somewhat fair, Scot McCloughan didn't give him enough talent on ILB, DL and S. But, he didn't use Josh Norman effectively. Isn't innovative. This is such a bad move.

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Acme Packing -

Barry has also previously worked as a defensive coordinator, working in that capacity for the Lions from 2007-08 and for the Washington Football Team from 2015-16. His teams were unimpressive during both his stints as a coordinator: he’s never led a defense that finished ranked better than 28th in the league in yards allowed or higher than 17th in scoring.

However, Barry is probably in a better situation talent-wise than he’s ever been before. Between Jaire Alexander, Kenny Clark, Za’Darius Smith, Darnell Savage, and Rashan Gary, the Packers have an exciting and talented core and, under the right guidance, could blossom into a very promising unit.

Barry’s relationship with Sean McVay and Brandon Staley — regarded as some of the brightest in the business — also speaks well to his abilities. Even if he hasn’t necessarily shined bright in big opportunities before, two well-regarded coaches have wanted to have him around — though it should be noted that McVay passed over him twice when selecting a defensive coordinator. Perhaps the third time will be the charm. The Packers are counting on it.

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MLF's presser where he answers questions about this will be interesting.

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