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Washington announces Joe Barry, three other coaches won’t return


It wasn’t quite the whole defensive staff, but Washington coach Jay Gruden has made major changes today.

Gruden announced today that four assistants won’t be back for the 2017 season: defensive coordinator Joe Barry, defensive backs coach Perry Fewell, defensive line coach Robb Akey and strength and conditioning coach Mike Clark.

The biggest move is the departure of Barry, who has spent the last two years as Washington’s defensive coordinator and hasn’t done much to improve a bad defense. Gruden clearly thinks it’s time to move in another direction, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see more assistants let go if a new defensive coordinator decides to bring in his own guys.

Big names Gruden could consider include Wade Phillips, whose son Wes is on Gruden’s offensive staff, and Gus Bradley, who previously coached for Jay’s brother Jon in Tampa.

It’s going to be a big offseason in Washington, where the team also needs to decide whether Kirk Cousins is the franchise quarterback. Gruden has some very immportant decisions ahead of him.

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30 Responses to “Washington announces Joe Barry, three other coaches won’t return”
  1. jvw1982 says: Jan 5, 2017 1:25 PM

    Gruden still has a job? Good for him….good first steps, the D was horrible, it took how many games before they matched their best CB, who they paid shut down corner money too, to match up against the best WR? the Skins are close if they make the right moves….

  2. ballreaper says: Jan 5, 2017 1:25 PM

    Any news of FIRING the backup QB who Masquerades as a starter that toss the 2 costly interceptions.

  3. Ramasez says: Jan 5, 2017 1:26 PM

    Gruden had a chance to bring in Wade Phillips 2 years ago and picked 0-16 Joe Barry over him. If I was Wade I’d say screw him.

  4. greg3117 says: Jan 5, 2017 1:27 PM

    About time. We should have hired Wade to begin with!!!

  5. crackillsdumb says: Jan 5, 2017 1:27 PM

    one season too late ..but hey.. we’ll take it. I am sure Berry can find a street sweeping job somewhere.

  6. godandfootballonly says: Jan 5, 2017 1:27 PM

    Maybe we can pull the “Wade Phillips do-over” now. The guy has coached bad teams but never bad defenses. Please make the right decision this time!


  7. brunson80 says: Jan 5, 2017 1:30 PM

    I’d welcome either Gus or Wade happily. Chris Cooley is on local radio, and he reported that many of the defensive players liked Barry, but at the same time he didn’t have absolute respect from them, it sounds like.

    The opening game against the Steelers was a fiasco, in part, because Breeland wanted Antonio Brown to himself (instead of Norman, who should have shadowed him all night) and Barry couldn’t get him to oblige. We all know how that night went…

    So yeah, Gus or Wade. If Rex Ryan is selected… I give up.

  8. edon8334 says: Jan 5, 2017 1:33 PM

    THANK GOD!!!!!!!

  9. RuddyJamesDIO says: Jan 5, 2017 1:34 PM

    Ding dong the witch is DEAD…..see ya Joe Barry!!!! HTTR!!!

  10. tdskinz says: Jan 5, 2017 1:35 PM

    Gus Bradley should be on his way to Redskin park.

  11. sidepull says: Jan 5, 2017 1:36 PM

    That D needs a shot of something.
    One Barry out….maybe another Berry in.

  12. kinggw says: Jan 5, 2017 1:40 PM

    Barry wasn’t good, but given the limited resources he had to work with he did ok. Given the fact they are considering paying Cousins, things may not change much on the defensive side of the ball.

    When they miss the playoffs again next year, hopefully it will be Gruden’s turn to go.

  13. weepingjebus says: Jan 5, 2017 1:43 PM

    Not fielding a defense is just crazy enough to work.

  14. fumblenuts says: Jan 5, 2017 1:44 PM

    GO GET GUS!!!!

  15. bigjdve says: Jan 5, 2017 1:53 PM

    Well I guess better late then never.

  16. uab9253 says: Jan 5, 2017 1:55 PM

    Good. It needed to happen. Maybe they’ll just plug in the Ryan brothers, lol.

  17. tripledipper says: Jan 5, 2017 1:56 PM

    Now if this poor team could only change Owners. They are good but that would make them formidable.

  18. intrafinesse says: Jan 5, 2017 1:57 PM

    What to offer Cousins isn’t GRudens responsibility, its the GM.

  19. gtrav says: Jan 5, 2017 2:02 PM


  20. fafaflunky says: Jan 5, 2017 2:06 PM

    Awesome. Now move back into a 4-3 defense.

  21. jonathankrobinson424 says: Jan 5, 2017 2:07 PM

    …….If Jim Swartz gets a HC gig…Wade would be a perfect fit for the Philadelphia Eagles D. Lots of young talent and a up and coming team……

  22. joefelicelli says: Jan 5, 2017 2:08 PM

    Perry Fewell I thought was a solid DB coach. He should land somewhere quickly. Would love to have him working alongside Ed Donatell in Chicago. They need all the help they can get when their best player is Tracy Porter….

  23. amaf21 says: Jan 5, 2017 2:16 PM

    Wade. #micdrop #hail

  24. unoduotres says: Jan 5, 2017 2:29 PM

    This is the only area in which that Dan Snyder and the Redskins excel ” Blaming somebody else”

  25. suncawy says: Jan 5, 2017 2:42 PM

    Gruden is on the hot seat for 2017. When Head coaches make these type of changes, they know that next season is a “make or break” season.

  26. boysroll says: Jan 5, 2017 3:08 PM

    I love the way this org makes excuses year after year after year….there is one constant. weasel boy wonder at the top who since has bought this once proud org has not won a damn thing. Orgs that make excuses all the time are losers…….

    They are just trying to be like my boys who won the NFC EAST and will win their 6th Lombardi trophy this year and 4 in 10 years.

  27. boysroll says: Jan 5, 2017 3:09 PM


  28. zendbaoracle says: Jan 5, 2017 3:42 PM

    If they have Wade Phillips in mind as the replacement, you have to agree with this move.

    Anyone else, and this is a signal that Gruden won’t be back after this year because he will be out of scape goats.

    The team scored 10 points against a Giants team playing for nothing, can’t blame anyone but the offense for that one.

  29. clayton268921 says: Jan 5, 2017 3:52 PM

    Gruden about to be on his 3rd DC in 4 years. I understand D is not his specialty but this is the most important hire of his life. No way he gets the chance to hire a 4th

  30. dirtydrynn27 says: Jan 5, 2017 4:29 PM

    Best offseason move ever!!!!!!

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