Bears Make Appalling Choice to Interview Fired NFC North Rival

In an offseason that will be dominated by offensive headlines, the Bears still need to build a defensive staff. They're starting with a non-ideal candidate.
Green Bay Packers defensive coordinator Joe Barry is shown during organized team activities Tuesday,
Green Bay Packers defensive coordinator Joe Barry is shown during organized team activities Tuesday, / MARK HOFFMAN/MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL

The stories and headlines from this offseason are going to be mostly focused on the Chicago Bears' decisions about the offense. So many questions are going to need to be answered in the next couple of months - including what to do with quarterback Justin Fields and deciding whether to keep the first overall pick in the upcoming draft or trade it away.

But this team still needs to build a defensive staff. After Alan Williams was dismissed from the team mid-season for reasons that are still vastly unknown, this team had no defensive coordinator to finish the year. Head coach Matt Eberflus took over play calling, and honestly did a wonderful job under the circumstances.

Now the team will look to hire a coordinator and a full defensive staff to help this unit continue in the right direction. But the first name we've heard publicly is not ideal.

Bears News: Joe Berry Lands Interview for Defensive Staff Position

According to Dianna Russini of the Athletic, the Bears intend to conduct an interview with fired Green Bay Packers defensive coordinator Joe Barry for a "defensive staff" position. This does not necessarily include or exclude the DC position in Chicago.

Barry had been the DC in Green Bay for three seasons before being dismissed at the end of this past year. The Packers went 9-8 and earned a wild card bid, but that did not necessarily ride on the coattails of the defense.

The defense ranked in the middle of the pack in 2023-24 and did look improved towards the end of the season and into the playoffs. But that did not simmer fans' frustrations with the coordinator and his defensive game planning.

Barry could be a useful tool to have on staff in Chicago in a lesser role. But the last time the Bears took a coach from the Packers looking to improve, it didn't go so well.

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