The Redskins dismissed defensive coordinator Joe Barry earlier this month, but it did not take the veteran coach long to find a new job. With former Redskins offensive coordinator Sean McVay now head coach of the Rams, Barry will join the Los Angeles staff as assistant head coach and linebackers coach.
The news, first reported by Peter Schrager of Fox Sports, should not come as a surprise to Redskins fans. Barry was among the most liked coaches on the Redskins' staff and has been a part of successful defenses during his 17-year NFL career. Most notably Barry coached linebackers for the Bucs defenses in the early 2000s, including their 2003 Super Bowl team.
McVay has moved quickly to fill out parts of his staff, particularly on defense. The 30-year-old head coach hired 69-year-old Wade Phillips to serve as Rams defensive coordinator, a move that limited the 'Skins ability to bring in the former Broncos' defensive architect.
Adding Barry to Phillips' defensive staff is an interesting twist for the two men, as both interviewed for the vacant Redskins defensive coordinator position in 2015. Barry got that job, and Phillips went to Denver. In the two years since their hiring, Barry's defenses finished near the bottom of the NFL in yards allowed while Phillips won a Super Bowl. Still, despite his success with the Broncos, Phillips was not retained when the team hired new coach Vance Joseph.
It's also hard to get a true evaluation of Barry's term as Redskins defensive coordinator considering how little the franchise invested on defense. Barry was at times cautious in possible personnel changes, but the Redskins spent more than twice as much money on the offensive side of the ball as they did on defense, $76 million to $36 million, respectively. The team's defensive spending ranked 31st out of 32 teams in the league.
Barry played his college football at the University of Southern California, so the return to L.A. is a homecoming of sorts.
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