The Redskins are removing defensive coordinator Joe Barry and three other defensive coaches, the team announced on Thursday afternoon.
The #Redskins announce today the team will not retain the following four assistant coaches:— Washington Redskins (@Redskins) January 5, 2017
It was a move many expected after a dismal showing in 2016, and with the team anticipating a busy offseason, the changes are not a surprising one.. The news was first reported by Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports.
If you pick a key statistic — any one at all — the Redskins defense ranked at or near the bottom in 2016.
Washington gave up the 28th most yards in the league, the 24th most rush yards in the league and was just abysmal at getting stops on third downs.
There was some debate as to if Barry should be given another year to prove he could improve the defense. Washington's team lacked a number of resources on the defensive side of the ball, particularly along the defensive line.
La Canfora's report ends that debate, assuming it holds true and the defensive staff is let go. What direction the Redskins go next will be most interesting, as a number of big-name defensive minds will be available.
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