Packers Planning To Hire Joe Barry As Defensive Coordinator


Rob Demovsky of ESPN reports that the Packers are planning to hire Joe Barry as their next defensive coordinator. 

Joe Barry

Wisconsin DC Jim Leonhard withdrew from consideration for the job recently and reports later mentioned that Barry could be the Packers’ hire.

LaFleur and Barry worked together while they were with the Los Angeles Rams in 2017.

Here’s the full list of candidates linked to the Packers’ job:

  • Wisconsin DC Jim Leonhard (Withdrawn)
  • Browns DL coach Chris Kiffin
  • Saints DL coach/assistant HC Ryan Nielson
  • Eagles DL coach/run game coordinator Matt Burke
  • Packers DB coach Jerry Gray 
  • Washington DB coach Chris Harris
  • Rams safeties coach Ejiro Evero
  • Falcons senior defensive assistant Bob Sutton

Barry, 50, began his NFL coaching career with the 49ers back in 2000 as their quality control coordinator. Later caught on with the Buccaneers and served as their linebackers coach before he was hired to be the Lions’ defensive coordinator in 2007.

Barry returned to Tampa Bay for one season before he was hired by the Chargers as their linebackers coach. After four years in San Diego, Barry landed Washington’s defensive coordinator job but was unfortunately fired back in 2017. 

The Rams later signed Barry as their assistant HC/LBs coach before joining the Chargers are their defensive passing game coordinator a few weeks ago.

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