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

Bio

A longtime NFL linebackers coach and former defensive coordinator for the Detroit Lions, Barry will coach his second season with the Chargers in 2013.                 

In Barry’s first season, the Chargers racked up 38 sacks, 21 of which were tallied by the team’s linebackers, including a team-leading 9.5 by Shaun Phillips. The linebackers also picked off four of the team’s 14 passes in 2012, two of which were returned for touchdowns by Demorrio Williams, who became the first Bolts linebacker since 1979 to return two picks for scores in the same season. Inside linebackers Takeo Spikes and Donald Butler ranked second and third on the team in tackles with 99 and 94, respectively.                 

A native of Boulder, Colo., Barry attended Fairview High School, the same high school as Chargers 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 morphed into 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 and his wife, Chris, have two daughters, Camryn and Lauren, and twin sons, Nick and Sam.

A longtime NFL linebackers coach and former defensive coordinator for the Detroit Lions, Barry will coach his second season with the Chargers in 2013.                 

In Barry’s first season, the Chargers racked up 38 sacks, 21 of which were tallied by the team’s linebackers, including a team-leading 9.5 by Shaun Phillips. The linebackers also picked off four of the team’s 14 passes in 2012, two of which were returned for touchdowns by Demorrio Williams, who became the first Bolts linebacker since 1979 to return two picks for scores in the same season. Inside linebackers Takeo Spikes and Donald Butler ranked second and third on the team in tackles with 99 and 94, respectively.                 

A native of Boulder, Colo., Barry attended Fairview High School, the same high school as Chargers 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 morphed into 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 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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