Redskins to hire Chargers LB Coach Joe Barry as their DC


The Washington Redskins have agreed to bring San Diego Chargers LB Coach Joe Barry as their defensive coordinator.

The Washington Redskins are going to bring on San Diego Chargers LB Coach Joe Barry onto their staff and make him their defensive coordinator. Barry has been in the league for 13 seasons and will get another opportunity as a defensive coordinator. He served as the defensive coordinator for the Detroit Lions in 2007 and 2008. During his  stint with the Lions, he allowed the second most points in the league during that 2008 season. That was the team that went 0-16. This will be his second chance to prove that he can get the job done.

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He won the job over current Redskins defensive backs coach and former head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Raheem Morris. The job came down to the two coaches and the Redskins decided to tap into Barry.

Barry has been with the Chargers for the past 4 seasons coaching Manti Te’o, Donald Butler, Melvin Ingram and Jarret Johnson. The Chargers linebackers group has had to deal with a few injuries throughout the years. We have run Andrew Gachkar and Reggie Walker through the starting lineup in the last few years and still have had some success with them.

The Chargers linebackers have lacked the ability to get pressure on the quarterback during his tenure though. In the 3-4 defense, the outside linebackers should be feasting on the quarterback, but we have not had a guy with that type of presence in some time. Maybe the new linebackers coach will be able to tap into the players potential and raise those sack numbers.

Barry will replace Jim Haselett as the Redskins defensive coordinator. Haselett had spent the last 5 seasons with the Redskins as their defensive coordinator and had the team ranked 29th in the league.

Can we ship over Donald Butler with Barry? Maybe the new linebackers coach can get Butler playing back to the level that we once thought he could play at.

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