USC Linebackers Coach Joe Barry Will Take Similar Position With Chargers

By Ernie Padaon

Trojans linebacker Chris Galippo (54) celebrates with linebacker coach Joe Barry after making an interception. Bruce Kluckhohn-US PRESSWIRE

The San Diego Chargers finally made their move for a linebackers coach after promoting John Pagano to the defensive coordinator position. The Chargers have hired Joe Barry from USC to become the new linebackers coach (Bryan Fischer – CBS Sports).

Here is some information from his profile on the USC website:

Barry, 41, was the linebackers coach with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2009.

Before that, he was the defensive coordinator of the Detroit Lions for 2 seasons (2007-08), serving under head coach Rod Marinelli, his father-in-law, and working on the same staff as his father, Mike Barry, who handled the Lions’ offensive line.

Barry’s first NFL job was as the defensive quality control coach with the San Francisco 49ers in 2000.

He then spent 6 years (2001-06) as the linebackers coach of the Buccaneers, working under defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin (now on USC’s staff and the father of Lane) and for 4 of those years working alongside Marinelli, who coached the defensive line. He was a member of the 2002 Super Bowl champions that led the league in total defense and scoring defense. The Buccaneers were ranked among the NFL’s top 5 in total defense 3 others times during his tenure, including first in 2005 when they won the NFC South Division. His linebackers were named to the Pro Bowl 7 times, including 2002 NFL Defensive Player of the Year Derrick Brooks.

Looks like we added another coach from that Tampa Championship team.

With the hiring of Barry, I wonder if he will try and convince the Chargers to draft Nick Perry? Perry would be working as an outside linebacker in the Chargers defense and would be working under Barry.