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Joe Barry
Linebackers
College:
USC
Hometown:
Boulder, CO
Experience:
13

Bio

Barry turned in one of his most masterful coaching performances in 2013, working with a unit that was besieged by injuries throughout the season. Starting inside linebackers Donald Butler and rookie second-round draft pick Manti Te’o both missed time due to injury, but finished the year second and third on the team in tackles with 99 and 93, respectively. Projected starting outside linebacker Melvin Ingram spent most of the year on the “Physically Unable to Perform” list due to an offseason knee injury and fellow starting outside linebacker Jarret Johnson missed five games with a host of ailments. As a result of all the injuries, only twice in 2013 did the Chargers start the same four linebackers in consecutive weeks. Still, linebackers were responsible for 16 of the team’s 35 sacks, including 4.5 by Thomas Keiser, a practice squad player at the start of the season who went on to lead the linebackers in sacks and quarterback hits (10). Another valuable performer was Reggie Walker, a special teams player for most of his career who started six games at both inside and outside linebacker and registered the first three sacks of his NFL career and ranked third among the linebackers with 49 tackles.                

A native of Boulder, Colo., Barry is a long-time NFL linebackers coach and former defensive coordinator. As a prep, he attended Fairview High School, the same high school as defensive coordinator John Pagano. He played at Fairview for Pagano’s father, Sam, who was the head coach. Barry then spent the 1989-90 seasons at the University of Michigan before transferring to the University of Southern California, where he earned varsity letters in 1992 and ’93. He graduated from USC in 1994 with a degree in communications.

Barry transitioned to coaching the following year, landing a graduate assistant’s job at USC in 1995. He spent five seasons coaching collegiately before landing his first NFL position as a quality control coach with the San Francisco 49ers in 2000. A year later, he was named linebackers coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and in 2002, he won a Super Bowl ring with the Bucs as they defeated the Oakland Raiders, 48-21, in Super Bowl XXXVII in San Diego. The title capped off a season in which the Buccaneers led the NFL in total and scoring defense, and in which linebacker Derrick Brooks was named NFL Defensive Player of the Year. Barry spent six seasons in Tampa Bay before landing the job as defensive coordinator in Detroit during the 2007-08 seasons. He returned to Tampa Bay in 2009 as linebackers coach and has continued coaching the position since.

Barry and his wife, Chris, have two daughters, Camryn and Lauren, and twin sons, Nick and Sam.

Barry turned in one of his most masterful coaching performances in 2013, working with a unit that was besieged by injuries throughout the season. Starting inside linebackers Donald Butler and rookie second-round draft pick Manti Te’o both missed time due to injury, but finished the year second and third on the team in tackles with 99 and 93, respectively. Projected starting outside linebacker Melvin Ingram spent most of the year on the “Physically Unable to Perform” list due to an offseason knee injury and fellow starting outside linebacker Jarret Johnson missed five games with a host of ailments. As a result of all the injuries, only twice in 2013 did the Chargers start the same four linebackers in consecutive weeks. Still, linebackers were responsible for 16 of the team’s 35 sacks, including 4.5 by Thomas Keiser, a practice squad player at the start of the season who went on to lead the linebackers in sacks and quarterback hits (10). Another valuable performer was Reggie Walker, a special teams player for most of his career who started six games at both inside and outside linebacker and registered the first three sacks of his NFL career and ranked third among the linebackers with 49 tackles.                

A native of Boulder, Colo., Barry is a long-time NFL linebackers coach and former defensive coordinator. As a prep, he attended Fairview High School, the same high school as defensive coordinator John Pagano. He played at Fairview for Pagano’s father, Sam, who was the head coach. Barry then spent the 1989-90 seasons at the University of Michigan before transferring to the University of Southern California, where he earned varsity letters in 1992 and ’93. He graduated from USC in 1994 with a degree in communications.

Barry transitioned to coaching the following year, landing a graduate assistant’s job at USC in 1995. He spent five seasons coaching collegiately before landing his first NFL position as a quality control coach with the San Francisco 49ers in 2000. A year later, he was named linebackers coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and in 2002, he won a Super Bowl ring with the Bucs as they defeated the Oakland Raiders, 48-21, in Super Bowl XXXVII in San Diego. The title capped off a season in which the Buccaneers led the NFL in total and scoring defense, and in which linebacker Derrick Brooks was named NFL Defensive Player of the Year. Barry spent six seasons in Tampa Bay before landing the job as defensive coordinator in Detroit during the 2007-08 seasons. He returned to Tampa Bay in 2009 as linebackers coach and has continued coaching the position since.

Barry and his wife, Chris, have two daughters, Camryn and Lauren, and twin sons, Nick and Sam.

Recent Videos

  • 12/18: X's and O's - Joe Barry

    Posted Dec 18, 2012

    Linebackers Coach Joe Barry sketches out a play and how it defends against both the run and the pass in this week's "X's and O's" presented by New Era.

  • 11/8: X's and O's - Coach Barry

    Posted Nov 8, 2012

    Linebackers Coach Joe Barry goes to the videotape in this week's edition of "X's and O's", presented by New Era.

  • 10/23: X's and O's - Coach Barry

    Posted Oct 23, 2012

    Chargers linebacker coach Joe Barry breaks down a Chargers defensive play in this week's "X's and O's" presented by New Era

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