Friday, January 16, 2009

Joe Barry Back with Bucs

By JC De La Torre

Our friends at the Pewter Report are confirming an early report on ESPN that Joe Barry has returned to his roll as Linebackers coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Barry was linebacker coach for Tampa Bay from 2001 to 2006 before leaving to join his father-in-law Rod Marinelli as Defensive Coordinator of the Detroit Lions. The Lions struggled under Barry's tutelage, ranking dead last in points in each of Barry's two seasons, ending with this season's horrid 0-16 year. Barry had left with some bad blood after the Bucs blocked opportunities for Barry and his father-in-law from opportunities to take defensive coordinator positions with other teams because they were under contract with the Bucs.

Barry replaces Gus Bradley, who became defensive coordinator of the Seattle Seahawks.

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