Report: Packers plan to hire Joe Barry as defensive coordinator

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Jim Leonhard didn’t want to become the Packers defensive coordinator and the team has reportedly moved on to a deal with another candidate.

Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports that Joe Barry will become the team’s defensive coordinator. Barry was set to join Brandon Staley’s staff with the Chargers as the linebackers coach/passing game coordinator after working with Staley on the Rams staff last year.

Barry was the Rams’ linebackers coach and assistant head coach for the last four seasons. He and Packers head coach Matt LaFleur were both on the 2017 Rams staff.

He has two previous stints as a defensive coordinator. He worked under father-in-law Rod Marinelli with the Lions in 2007-2008 and held the role in Washington in 2015-2016.

48 responses to “Report: Packers plan to hire Joe Barry as defensive coordinator

  1. “ He has two previous stints as a defensive coordinator. He worked under father-in-law Rod Marinelli with the Lions in 2007-2008 and held the role in Washington in 2015-2016.”

    Don’t even need to say anything. That says all you need to know.

  2. Look for overly complicated schemes and calls, late substitutions and chaos pre snap. Awful hire. Just terrible.

  3. What a day in Green Bay. After loosing out on Jim Leonard we get the defensive coordinator from the 0-16 Lions.

  4. The question is why? They might as well have kept Pettine, lol. This guy coordinated the first 0-16 defense, and that was with a defensive minded coach. Then, he coordinated a pretty bad Washington defense despite them having some players on that side of the ball under Jay Gruden. Buddy system strikes again.

  5. Yikes… LaFluer just needs a crony from his time in LA that is willing to work with him. Leonard was smart to stay with the middle of the pack Badgers as he would have been thrown under the bus by Matt and Kevin’s buddy Aaron.

  6. Barry is among the worst defensive coordinators in the history of the NFL. Even the worst offensive teams are able to take it to Barry’s chronically under-prepared defenses. LaFleur has made his first major blunder. The Packers better hope Rodgers doesn’t know Barry’s history or he’s going to be steaming.

  7. Barry’s rankings in 4 seasons as a DC: 32, 32, 30, 32.

    Who knows, Packers fans, maybe he can recapture the magic of that third season?

  8. @packer fan 99 don’t try to blame the lions for hiring a bum to join the choking packers staff

  9. I feel less confident about the direction of of the Packers since the NFC championship game.

  10. billzbubb says:
    February 6, 2021 at 6:07 pm
    Barry is among the worst defensive coordinators in the history of the NFL. Even the worst offensive teams are able to take it to Barry’s chronically under-prepared defenses. LaFleur has made his first major blunder. The Packers better hope Rodgers doesn’t know Barry’s history or he’s going to be steaming

    Actually this is Matt’s 2nd major blunder. The first was kicking a field goal on 4th down at the 8.

  11. Seen this movie before and it ain’t going to end well…the Packers defense is going to suck next season.

  12. don bur says:
    February 6, 2021 at 6:14 pm
    @packer fan 99 don’t try to blame the lions for hiring a bum to join the choking packers staff.

    How am I blaming the Lions? I am saying the guy was the defensive coordinator for one of the worst teams in the history of the nfl. He was horrible with Washington too. The guy has a horrible resume.

  13. Talk about a disappointing hire for Packers fans. Would have preferred they spend the money it would have taken to get Leonhard. Or at the very least, pay whatever it costs to get Rex Ryan out of the studio.

  14. don bur says:
    February 6, 2021 at 6:14 pm
    @packer fan 99 don’t try to blame the lions for hiring a bum to join the choking packers staff.
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    He doesn’t need to. The Lions hired this guy all by themselves and effortlessly went 0-16.

  15. If ever there was an appropriate time for that Michael Scott meme screaming NO this is it. I’m at a loss.

  16. There HAVE to be other capable college DC’s who are out there and simply need a shot. The never ending re-cycling of NFL coaches is baffling. It seems like almost every coach in the NFL has had 10 different jobs with 7 different teams in less than 20 years. Its insane how that works. If these guys are so good then how do they keep losing their jobs? Im not talking about guys progressing up the coaching ladder, Im talking about guys making lateral movements and getting demotions.

  17. edouble says:
    February 6, 2021 at 6:08 pm
    Barry’s rankings in 4 seasons as a DC: 32, 32, 30, 32.

    Who knows, Packers fans, maybe he can recapture the magic of that third season?

    74 3 Rate This
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    Thumbs up to you, sir. THAT is funny!

    A Packers fan…

  18. obviously Matt pulled this move from the Jay Gruden school of coaching. that is to surround yourself with people the owner is fearful to replace you with midseason

  19. Like every single other poster on here I have no idea how this will turn out nor am I experienced enough to know if this is a good hire. But I have confidence this wasn’t just LaFleur’s decision. The same brass that didn’t retain Pettine made a choice they feel is good for Green Bay. As a Badgers fan I can see why Leonhard would have been an interesting pick. But based on what? His fire? His knowledge? Or because he’s a WI boy?

    Green Bay hires McCarthy as Head Coach after orchestrating SF’s offense on a team that went 2-14. And many questioned Rodgers’ selection when Favre was still a top QB. How did that turn out? There’s a reason GB’s management are experts in all things NFL while we each have/had our own careers outside of football. Let’s sit back and see what happens and trust in the front office and head coach most of us Packers fans are excited to have. Can we calm it down and let things play out please?

  20. Always thought Pettine would have and should have been fired after the 2019 NFC CG, but wasnt due to no better candidates available. Here we are after the 2020 NFC CG in the exact same spot, but this time it happened. Yikes, what a mess…

  21. Just a casual and humble fan who knows nothing at all about football operations and doesn’t pretend to unlike a lot of “know it all” fans.
    With that in mind are we sure the Packers are looking at the right things here?
    I mean, maybe the Packers think it is too soon to let Matt Lefleur go but they should, if they didn’t already, at the very least drop a hint that if he ever again settles for the three points late in the fourth quarter instead of going for the TD on fourth down with the SB on the line that he is not fit to be HC.
    Perhaps the DC is not the only problem they should be looking at here.

  22. They gave Dom Capers tons of chances to redeem himself which he never could do.
    And yet this is Pettine’s third season where the D showed much improvement in the latter half of the season taking them to one game away from the SB in his 3rd year.
    So I dunno why they got rid of him when he did not blow the game by settling for a FG instead of a TD late in the fourth quarter.

  23. I’d hate to see him leave Madison, but I think Jimmy Leonhard will blow Matt LaFleur away in the interview. I would not be the least bit surprised if Jimmy is the next Packers DC.

    Matt is indeed casting a wide net in this search, and that’s a good thing. A lot of interviews also means countless coaches have shown strong interest in being the Packers defensive coordinator.

    Will be interesting to see who wins the grand prize and gets the job

    LOL

  24. The most coveted coordinator job had to be filled with a retread because nobody else wanted the job. Lololololololol

  25. iknoweverything says:
    February 7, 2021 at 6:14 pm
    I’d hate to see him leave Madison, but I think Jimmy Leonhard will blow Matt LaFleur away in the interview. I would not be the least bit surprised if Jimmy is the next Packers DC.

    Matt is indeed casting a wide net in this search, and that’s a good thing. A lot of interviews also means countless coaches have shown strong interest in being the Packers defensive coordinator.

    Will be interesting to see who wins the grand prize and gets the job

    LOL
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    Are you implying the cut and paste emoji obsessed kid was wrong yet again? Hopefully they don’t revoke his status as an owner lol.

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