Barry to join Marinelli in Detroit?
It's a family affair.
Bucs linebackers coach Joe Barry is expected to join his father-in-law, Lions coach Rod Marinelli, as the team's defensive coordinator.
The position became available when Marinelli and defensive coordinator Donnie Henderson agreed to part ways after one season. Henderson had no previous experience in the Tampa Two defense that the Lions implemented this season.
Barry's father, Mike Barry, is the Lions' assistant offensive line coach.
After the Lions hired Marinelli last January, they were denied permission by the Bucs to interview Barry for the defensive coordinator's position. Barry was unsuccessful in several attempts to get out of the final year of his contract with the Bucs, then opted not to sign an extension so he could pursue other opportunities.
The Lions defense suffered numerous injuries and finished fifth-worst in the NFL, allowing 345 yards per game.