Barry returns as Buccaneers' linebackers coach
Joe Barry will return as the Bucs' linebackers coach, the team announced today in a news release.
Barry, who was most recently the Detroit Lions defensive coordinator from 2007-2008, spent the 2001-2006 seasons on the Bucs' staff as linebackers coach. In 2002, Barry was part of a defense that helped the Bucs capture their first ever world championship in Super Bowl XXXVII.
In six seasons with the Bucs, Barry helped guide a defense that ranked first in the league on two occasions (2002 and 2005) and in the Top 5 four times. Under Barry’s direction, linebacker Derrick Brooks made six consecutive Pro Bowl appearances (2001-2006) while linebacker Shelton Quarles made his lone Pro Bowl appearance while working with Barry in 2002.