LaFleur has no plans to shake up Packers defensive workers

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Matt LaFleur wasted no time backing defensive coordinator Joe Barry on Monday at the same time as frustrations mounted among the many Inexperienced Bay Packers’ gamers on that facet of the ball.

He has no plans to make a training change.

“Oh, no, absolutely not,” LaFleur simply hours after the Packers’ 27-17 loss to the Buffalo Payments on Sunday evening.

The Packers’ struggles on offense had been simply predictable, contemplating they traded their greatest receiver, Davante Adams, to the Las Vegas Raiders and tried to exchange him with journeyman Sammy Watkins and three rookies who would wish time to gel with quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

However a protection that featured seven first-round picks and a number of other different high-priced free brokers was supposed to assist them survive till the offense discovered its manner. As a substitute, Barry’s unit has contributed to the Packers’ 3-5 begin.

In accordance with sources near members of the Packers’ protection, gamers have grown pissed off with the defensive scheme and playcalling. One supply mentioned there was “a declining confidence in the defensive scheme and what’s being called, and it’s led to overall frustration with the defense.” One other supply confirmed that sentiment.

LaFleur did not say instantly whether or not defensive gamers have shared that feeling with him or different members of the teaching workers.

“Well, first of all, it’s impossible to please everybody,” LaFleur mentioned. “Everybody has their own opinions, their own ideas. It’s like anything else in life. You have to get the staff on the same page, first and foremost, in making sure that everybody is confident in the plan and then you teach it to the players.”

The newest defensive breakdowns got here on Sunday, when the Packers allowed the Payments to attain on 5 straight drives (three touchdowns and two subject targets) that spanned late within the first quarter to early within the third quarter. They allowed 24 factors within the first half earlier than it tightened issues up within the second half, following a season-long sample of enjoying one good half and one dangerous one.

At one level, the coaches pulled beginning cornerback Eric Stokes from the sport in what LaFleur mentioned was finished “just to change it up.” Stokes went again into the sport on the next defensive sequence.

“I think we’d be foolish not to listen to our players at certain times,” LaFleur mentioned. “Ultimately, we have to make the best decision for our football team in terms of how do you go about winning the game? You know, there were some great moments and then there were some not-so-great moments. It was great that we were able to get a couple turnovers.

“I believe from a consistency standpoint, manner too many explosive positive factors, some poor tackling. I believe we must be extra bodily. I believe you take a look at the groups which might be hardest to cope with on this league, particularly from a defensive standpoint and physicality, it jumps out to you. There have been moments the place we’re not at all times getting that.”

Barry’s hiring in January 2021 to replace Mike Pettine came as a bit of a surprise considering his track record as a defensive coordinator. He had twice before coordinated defenses (Washington 2015-16 and Detroit 2007-08) and never finished better than 28th in the league rankings. The 2018 Lions went 0-16.

The Packers finished ninth in total yards allowed last season in Barry’s first year but struggled at times against the run. They’re ranked one spot higher, at No. 8, through Sunday’s loss to the Bills but once again rank near the bottom of the league (25th) in rushing yards allowed per carry and have had communication breakdowns in coverage that have led to explosive plays.

“There’s instances we play good soccer and instances we let it get away from us,” Packers defensive tackle Kenny Clark said. “No matter it’s, we obtained to right it. We obtained to determine that out. I do not actually have a solution for it.”

Said cornerback Rasul Douglas: “I do not know what it’s, however we obtained to do one thing to win.”

Among the players who have drawn criticism is safety Darnell Savage, who was plagued by missed tackles.

“He is obtained to be higher in these conditions,” LaFleur said. “We want him to, as a security, you have to clear it up. That is one thing that we’re undoubtedly going to handle. Darnell is aware of it, too. Everyone can see it. We have to be just a little bit higher and we have to do a greater job of drill it and placing that emphasis in that space as a result of it hasn’t been as much as the usual that we count on.”

Rodgers, who threw as much praise on the Packers’ defense as anyone in the preseason, said the offensive struggles haven’t helped out those on the other side of the ball.

“We have to assist our protection out just a little higher early within the sport,” Rodgers said. “After we went on a run again in ’16, we began these video games sooner so we might play extra one-dimensionally on protection. We simply have not finished that. We have not put up any factors early in video games to get our protection to have an opportunity to pin their ears again and get after the passer.”