Now a concerning report has emerged from the locker room.
Packers players are growing increasingly frustrated with defensive coordinator Joe Barry, according to ESPN's Rob Demovsky. Despite the "declining confidence" on that side of the ball, head coach Matt LaFleur said "absolutely not" when asked about making a potential change after Week 8.
"According to sources close to members of the Packers' defense, players have grown frustrated with the defensive scheme and playcalling. One source said there has been 'a declining confidence in the defensive scheme and what's being called, and it's led to overall frustration with the defense.' Another source confirmed that sentiment."- ESPN's Rob Demovsky
This disconnect between the coaching staff and players is exactly what Green Bay doesn't need right now. It's abundantly clear this defense is being held back from its potential, and that ultimately falls Barry, whose unit ranks 10th-worst in Football Outsiders' defensive DVOA metric over the first eight games.
It's hard to see this unit recovering if the players aren't buying into the coaching. The decline in play has been obvious during the team's four-game losing streak, as they've surrendered an average of 26.0 points per game and failed to get the timely stops they needed against teams they should've beaten.
If LaFleur wants to turn this season around, he needs to listen to his players and make a change. Otherwise, he's at risk of losing his locker room if things don't improve.
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