Joe Barry

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Joe Barry
Candid photograph of Berry wearing a hooded sweatshirt with a USC logo and kneeling on a football sideline and speaking with a player seated on a bench
Barry at USC in 2010
Green Bay Packers
Position:Defensive coordinator
Personal information
Born: (1970-07-05) July 5, 1970 (age 51)
Boulder, Colorado, U.S.
Career information
High school:Boulder (CO) Fairview
College:Michigan (1989–1990)
USC (1991–1993)
Career history
As a coach:
Career highlights and awards
Coaching stats at PFR

Joe Barry (born July 5, 1970) is an American football coach who is the defensive coordinator for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League (NFL). He previously served as the assistant head coach and linebackers coach for the Los Angeles Rams from 2017 to 2020 and defensive coordinator for the Washington Redskins from 2015 to 2016 and the Detroit Lions from 2007 to 2008. Barry also previously served as an assistant coach for the San Diego Chargers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and San Francisco 49ers. Barry is the son of former coach Mike Barry.

Early years

Barry played linebacker at the University of Michigan from 1989 to 1990 before transferring to the University of Southern California.

Coaching career

Early career

In 1994, Barry began his coaching career at the University of Southern California (USC), his alma mater, as a graduate assistant. In 1996, Barry joined Northern Arizona University as their linebackers coach and would serve in that role from 1996 to 1998 before being hired in the same capacity at University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) in 1999.

San Francisco 49ers

In 2000, Barry was hired by the San Francisco 49ers as a defensive quality control coach under defensive coordinator Jim Mora and head coach Steve Mariucci.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

In 2001, Barry was hired by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as their linebackers coach under defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin and head coach Tony Dungy. In 2002, Barry, along with Kiffin, were retained by the new head coach of the Buccaneers Jon Gruden. That season, the Buccaneers went to Super Bowl XXXVII and defeated the Oakland Raiders to win their first Super Bowl title.

Detroit Lions

In 2007, Barry was hired by the Detroit Lions as their defensive coordinator under head coach Rod Marinelli, who was coincidentally Barry's father-in-law.

At a press conference on December 21, 2008, following the Lions' 42–7 loss to the New Orleans Saints, Detroit News sports columnist Rob Parker addressed a question about Barry to Rod Marinelli, inquiring whether Marinelli wished that his daughter had "married a better defensive coordinator."[1] (Barry was the Lions' defensive coordinator at the time.) The question was criticized as unprofessional and inappropriate. The next day, Parker wrote that the comment was "an attempt at humor" and not a malicious attack.[2] Parker has not written for the Detroit News since, and has not attended any press conferences since the incident, including the one Marinelli gave following his dismissal as head coach of the Lions. On January 6, 2009, the Detroit News announced that Parker had resigned from the newspaper the previous week.[3] Following the firing of Marinelli, Barry was not retained by the Lions.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (second stint)

In 2009, Barry returned and was re-hired by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as their linebackers coach under defensive coordinator Jim Bates and head coach Raheem Morris.

Jacksonville Jaguars & USC

On January 26, 2010, Barry was hired by the Jacksonville Jaguars and signed a contract to be their linebackers coach. That same day, it was announced that the Jaguars released Barry from his contract so he can join the University of Southern California (USC) as their linebackers coach.[4]

San Diego Chargers

In 2012, Barry was hired by the San Diego Chargers as their linebackers coach under defensive coordinator John Pagano and head coach Norv Turner. In 2013, Barry was retained by new Chargers head coach Mike McCoy.

Washington Redskins

In 2015, Barry was hired by the Washington Redskins as their defensive coordinator under head coach Jay Gruden. Following the 2016 season, Barry was fired.[5]

Los Angeles Rams

On January 14, 2017, Barry was hired by the Los Angeles Rams as their assistant head coach and linebackers coach under head coach Sean McVay.[6]

Green Bay Packers

On February 8, 2021, Barry was hired by the Green Bay Packers as their defensive coordinator under head coach Matt LaFleur, replacing Mike Pettine.[7][8]

Personal life

Barry is married to his wife, Chris Marinelli Barry, and they have four children together. Through his marriage with Chris, Barry is the son-in-law to NFL coach and Las Vegas Raiders defensive line coach Rod Marinelli.


  1. ^ "Fox analysts lambast Detroit News reporter for question to Marinelli". Detroit Free Press. December 21, 2008. Archived from the original on December 26, 2008. Retrieved December 22, 2008.
  2. ^ Parker, Rob (December 22, 2008). "There's more to Marinelli". Detroit News. Retrieved December 22, 2008.[dead link]
  3. ^ Detroit News Columnist Who Insulted Coach Quits, January 6, 2009[dead link]
  4. ^ "Bucs lose Joe Barry to USC; name LBs, DBs coaches". St. Petersburg Times. January 26, 2010. Archived from the original on January 29, 2010. Retrieved January 26, 2010.
  5. ^ Walker, Andrew. "Redskins Hire Joe Barry As Defensive Coordinator". Archived from the original on January 21, 2015. Retrieved January 20, 2015.
  6. ^ Tesfatsion, Master (January 14, 2016). "Rams hire Joe Barry to coach linebackers". Retrieved January 15, 2016.
  7. ^ Demovsky, Rob (February 6, 2021). "Source: Green Bay Packers to hire Joe Barry as defensive coordinator". Retrieved February 6, 2021.
  8. ^ Hodkiewicz, Wes (February 9, 2021). "5 things to know about Packers defensive coordinator Joe Barry". Retrieved February 10, 2021.

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