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Barry Could Still Re-join Bucs

Posted Jan 14, 2009 by Roy Cummings

Updated Jan 14, 2009 at 12:03 PM

TAMPA – It looks like the Bucs are still in the running for linebackers coach Joe Barry.

Reports surfaced last Saturday suggesting Barry was headed to Seattle to coach the Seahawks linebackers under new coordinator Gus Bradley. It turns out, though, that the Seahawks have retained Zerick Rollins as their linebackers coach and Mike Phair as their assistant linebackers coach.

Barry coached Bucs linebackers from 2001 to 2006 before leaving Tampa Bay to run the Detroit Lions defense. He was fired following the Lions 0-16 season and has been linked to jobs here in Tampa and in Chicago, where his father-in-law, former Lions head coach Rod Marinelli, will be the new defensive line coach.

The Bears, however, have decided to keep former coordinator Bob Babich as their new linebackers coach and with head coach Lovie Smith looking to be more involved in running the offense it seems the chances of the Bucs landing Barry have increased.

The Bucs are also on the lookout for a new secondary coach to replace Raheem Morris, who took over as their defensive coordinator, and a new tight ends coach to replace Bob Casullo.

 

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Por (G. Michael Reynolds) on January 14, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Send us Joe!

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Por (George Leslie Hicks) on January 14, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Well Buc fans getting Barry back would be a A plus reacquired good defense coach. Maybe with Barry on board There would maybe a push to get that LB from Ohio state with that first pick. I know that everyone thinks tampa would go after offensive side of the ball. I would say no. Here is my reason. Tampa has always been strong on Defensive side of the Ball. I think with the first
three picks Tampa should go WR,DT,LB, then go after young QB ,OT, and CB.The WR could plug into starting offensive team. DT and LB will be plug into the defensive side of the ball.GO BUCS

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Por (cody) on January 14, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Why would we want to draft a Middle Linebacker #1 when we basically have a probowler there right now in Ruud? That pick is either going to be a DT, RB, WR, or on a very long shot a QB.

To get back to the subject, getting Barry back would be a nice addition. Getting a couple veteran position coaches in Tampa with some D-Coordinator or Head Coaching experience would make Morris’ transition to D-Coordinator a little easier.

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Por (Elard Andrews) on January 14, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Agree with everyone here, Barry is a good coach when he was with us from 01 to 06 so it will be a plus to get him back as a linebackers coach so bring him back and lets fine some more coach’s that are more reliable like a good TE’s coach and a reliable new secondary coach.

Just bringing this out, I heard on rotoworld.com that the cowboys are deciding to release WR TO to go in free agency. What you guys think about that?

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Por (Elard Andrews) on January 14, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Alright now they have changed it and the sources that they had it is now that TO will continue to be a cowboy in 09 sorry folks that is just reported on rotoworld.com

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Por (Mark) on January 15, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Instead of worrying about new coaches, the Bucs should concentrate on getting a new GM. Things have been in turmoil
ever since Bruce Allen arrived. I wonder
what great 2nd round pick he will draft this year? I heard he is looking for a back-up holder for the practice squad.

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Por (Mitch R) on January 15, 2009 (Suggest removal)

My personal feeling is that Barry is now damaged goods.  He led a defense that was dead last in football and gave back a 17 point lead to us (of all teams).  With minimal responsibilities perhaps he can succeed here, but my feeling is that we don’t need him and I’d rather have someone else who may be a little hungrier.

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Por (Mitch R) on January 15, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Hey Mark, wasn’t Ruud a 2nd round pick?  That panned out pretty well didn’t it?

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Por (Cody) on January 15, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Just because he didn’t make a good D-Coordinator on a team that had horrible defensive personel doesn’t mean that he isn’t a good position coach. Look what he was working with, they were mostly players that the Bucs and every other team had either released or allowed to go in free agency.

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Por (oar) on January 15, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Mitch, “my feeling is that we don’t need him”, these are the things that make you sound stupid. Yea we don’t need a coach that helped Quarles play all three lb positions and to the pro-bowl along with Brooks(6 times), coached Brooks to Defensive Player of the Year, helped transition Cato June to olb. During his six-year tenure, Tampa Bay tied for the most interception returns for touchdowns by linebackers (7) in the NFL and tied for sixth-most interceptions by linebackers with 23. Also had a hand in the Ruud draft and development.
So, yeah we don’t need him????? 0-16 should make him/anybody hungry.

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Por (Mitch R) on January 15, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Hey Oar, what did he do with the talent he had in Detroit?  If anything that defense should have been solid?  But instead, he went out and brought in all the defensive players that we let go or were available (Brian Kelly, DeWayne White, Chuck Darby, Ryan Neece, Kalvin Pearson, Dwight Smith) and was not able to ‘coach up’ those players quite as effectively as he did when he had stars in TB.  Again, you are basing past performance as a measurement on current or future success.  In TB he was able to look good when surrounded by super stars, so I ask you, is Barry a such a superstar or did he benefit from Kiffen and star players?  I don’t know the answer.

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Por (oar) on January 15, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Mitch, you crack me up, “again you are basing past performance as a measurement on current or future success” what do you think last year is(past), anyways that’s not the position he’s wanting. I guarantee any team that anyone interviews with will look at that persons record as the position he is applying for. Look at Marinelli(BTW he had Sapp), do you think the Bears would have hired him looking only at last couple of years with Detroit? No, they wanted him back at his successful caoching spot(o-line). I think Barry is a better position(lb) coach, look at his record at that position, rather than a defensive coordinator, which he does have a horrible record as.

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Por (Mitch R) on January 15, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Oar, who hired Marinelli? Oh yeah, Lovie Smith.  Secondly, I’m not disputing that Barry may be better at being a position coach, what I’m saying is that I don’t think that he’s all that people have made him out to be due to the talent and guidance he had (during his time in TB).  I also think that whatever he did in Detroit cannot be overlooked due to the fact that their defense was god-aweful and he was responsible for their performance.  If you want to continue to back people based upon what they did 4 and 5 years ago, be my guest, but be a little objective about what they’ve done lately.

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Por (oar) on January 15, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Who played under Marinelli? Sapp(one of the best at the position) and Simeon, are they the reason Marinelli was a great d-line coach? Maybe, maybe not. Some coaches are great at position coaching and some are great at headcoaching and vice-versa. I’m just saying you don’t hire a crane operator to dig ditches, or hire a bus boy to be the cook.
Lovie Smith knows what Marnelli is good at his position coach spot not his head coach spot. Again, I can guarantee if he was up for the headcoach spot no team would hire him. Again, Barry as a defensive coordinator, no thanks, lb coach sure we flourished at that position(many players came and went Nece, Golden, Webster, Gold, Gooch, Burns, and Cooper, who were not superstars).

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Por (Nick Smith) on January 15, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Who the hell gives a rat’s ##### about Joe Barry?!?

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Por (Mitch R) on January 15, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Oar, that’s exactly right, so that’s why I am not overly excited about Barry possibly coming back.  Who knows if he would be happy taking the demotion back to LB coach after being a d-coordinator for 2 years.  Who knows if he made his living off of getting to where he is based on who he knows?  Who knows if a better lb coach candidate isn’t already waiting in the wings?  I’m just saying that I could really care less about the prospect of him coming back to TB.

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Por (oar) on January 15, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Nick the out-of-towner, just the comment I expected from you.
Mitch everybodys got opinions, they’re like a—holes, everybody’s…......I’ll take someone with proven success(at THAT position), rather than someone waiting in the “wings” with no success/experience.

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Por (Mitch R) on January 15, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Yeah, he’s such a sought after commodity that every team is beating down his door to hire him.  So far the Bears (and his father in law) have passed and the Seahawks have passed on him.  Whoopeee, let’s hire him.

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Por (Nick Smith) on January 15, 2009 (Suggest removal)

When the Buccaneers still need a proven defensive coordinator, who really does give a rat’s ##### about Joe Barry.

We’re not talking about Dick LeBeau,  Jim Johnson, or Rex Ryan here.

Jiminy Christmas!

But go ahead and entertain yourself, oar with small letters.

“Proven success”...that’s a joke and you’re a f’ing tool.

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Por (oar) on January 15, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Mitch, do you have a magic eight ball too? He turned down the Seahawks. This from pewterreport.com: The Bucs are attempting to fill the void left by Gus Bradley, who replaced Barry as linebackers coach in Tampa Bay before being hired by Seattle to serve as defensive coordinator last week.
According to NFL.com, Barry is being courted by Bradley in Seattle, but Barry apparently had a change of heart in terms of signing a contract with the Seahawks.
But hey you go on living in that self-opinonated and self-proclaiming world of yours.

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Por (oar) on January 15, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Mitch, probablly was the same with Bears, or maybe he doesn’t want to work with family anymore. I don’t know cause, I don’t have a magic eight ball. Please let me know after you shake it up real good.

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Por (Mitch R) on January 15, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Oar is one of those people who is loyal to a fault.  The kind of guy who gets mad when the Bruce Allen doesn’t bring back a John Lynch or doesn’t want to pay Greg White based on 1 good year.  It’s understandable, but not sensible.

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Por (oar) on January 15, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Mitch, what’s wrong your feelings get hurt when you’re wrong? Well guess what you are wrong again. I wasn’t disappointed to see Lynch go or not to get re-signed and I was one of those that did wonder about White being a 1yr wonder. Like I said, you crack me up and you’re not even trying to be funny, that’s what’s great.
BTW I am a loyal person and fan, but not to fault.

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Por (oar) on January 15, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Nick(rhymes with…)the other out-of-towner, you question “proven success” by Barry AT THE LB COACH POSITION? Barry is a proven success at the LB coaching posititon(I don’t make this stuff up like you guys). So stats and facts make me a tool, huh? Wow you guys must still be in school miss the bus again guys. BTW what’s little letters have anything to do with it. I guess you were trying to be funny. When trying to be funny and you guys are not. Just be normal and you guys are hiliarious, talking out of you’re a—es does that.

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Por (Mitch R) on January 15, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Oar, how am I wrong?  Explain that to me?  What I know is that Barry STUNK as a D Coordinator in Detroit and was blessed to coach the likes of Shelton Quarles, Derrick Brooks and company for years in Tampa and be under the watchful eye of Marinelli and Kiffen. What I also know is that he COULD be better served as the LB coach, BUT can we do better?  I don’t want to hand this guy the job just because he was here before.

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