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Need to Know: Why did the Redskins hire Joe Barry?

Jan 23, 2015, 4:52 AM EDT


Here is what you need to know on this Friday, January 23, 97 days before the Washington Redskins go on the clock for the first round of the NFL draft.

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The Redskins’ decision to hire Joe Barry certainly was a controversial move, one widely criticized by fans and by some in the media. I wasn’t on the inside of this decision, only a select few were. All I can do is try to read the tea leaves and also go on my knowledge of how things work around the NFL.

Here are some of the reasons why they went with Barry:

—Here is Jay Gruden’s explanation for the hire: “He brings energy. Commitment to being great,” Gruden said in Mobile. “I like what he’s done in his career – how he’s progressed as a football coach: going to USC and now he’s in the 3-4 system with San Diego. Really have a great appreciation for what they’ve done in San Diego. They get the most out of their players, have a good scheme.”

—The talk around Redskins Park was that the Redskins wanted to go with someone younger than Wade Phillips, who will be 68 before training camp starts. They wanted someone who could better relate to younger players. Phillips certainly has a great resume but that’s not everything. And while many noted that no other teams seemed to be after Barry to hire him as their defensive coordinator, look at Phillips’ situation. In the past two NFL hiring cycles I believe that around half of the NFL teams have hired new defensive coordinators and Phillips remains without a job. For whatever reason, the Redskins weren’t the only team to find that Phillips doesn’t fit what they are looking for.

—With Barry’s Tampa Bay connections, was there an element of cronyism involved? Probably. But I suspect that Barry benefitted more from the fact that Gruden worked on the same Bucs staff as him, not the fact that Bruce Allen was the general manager in Tampa. Regardless, I’d say that about 60 to 75 percent of NFL coaching hires involve one guy hiring another guy he’s worked with before and there are only one or two degrees of separation involved in the rest of them. These people have to spend literally thousands of hours together from training camp through the season and if there are personality clashes the wheels can come off of the operation. That’s why so many coaches prefer to go with a known quantity.

—What about Vic Fangio? It seemed that he’d rather work for John Fox in Chicago. That could be a better situation for him to get the NFL head coaching job he wants. Fangio not getting a formal offer is just a technicality. Had he called back on Monday or Tuesday and said that he wanted to talk more about the job they would have come up with an offer quickly.

—Finally, Barry had a great interview. Many fans scoff at that as a factor but Gruden like the vision he laid out for the Redskins’ defense. Wasn’t the interview kind of important when you got your current job?

There is plenty of cause for skepticism about the hire. Not much that this organization has done has gone right for the last couple of decades. Fans can be mad about it or they can wait and see.


—It’s been 26 days since the Redskins played a game. It will be about 233 days until they play another one.

Days until: NFL Combine 27; NFL free agency starts 46; 2015 NFL Draft 97

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  1. Joe Greene - Jan 23, 2015 at 5:17 AM

    They hired Barry because doing something right (hiring McCloughan) is the exception and they had to ensure they would continue 20+ years of mediocrity and ineptness.

    • goback2rfk - Jan 23, 2015 at 12:32 PM

      maybe they have some inside info on Barry, maybe he is the next big star

  2. Kev D - Jan 23, 2015 at 6:30 AM

    I recall a former Skins coach that was hired out of relative anonymity primarily because he gave such an impressive interview. That coach was named Jim Zorn.

    • Andy thompson - Jan 23, 2015 at 7:16 AM

      So was Joe Gibbs. It was looked at the same way when he was hired. Now I’m not saying Joe Barry has anything in common with Joe Gibbs other than sharing a first name and I’m certainly not a fan of the hire. But since I can do anything to change it might as well hope for the best

      • LeCount Briscoe - Jan 23, 2015 at 9:07 AM

        I’m hoping for the best as well, we have no part in the hiring process….

      • Scottlo91 - Jan 23, 2015 at 11:16 AM

        Joe Gibbs was the offensive coordinator for the Chargers and helped to create Air Coryell which was absolutely lethal. Big difference between Gibbs and Barry

      • Joe Greene - Jan 23, 2015 at 4:48 PM

        You know absolutely nothing about Gibbs if you think that. Gibbs was one of the most highly regarded offensive coordinators in the league when he was hired.

        • skinsgame - Jan 24, 2015 at 10:53 AM

          As was Jay Gruden.

        • Joe Greene - Jan 24, 2015 at 4:43 PM

          Gruden was not highly regarded by anyone and was despised by Cincy fans.

        • skinsgame - Jan 24, 2015 at 11:12 PM

          Right. As you like to say, “Link please”.

    • nomaan78 - Jan 23, 2015 at 7:43 AM

      I think Hiring Zorn was out of desperation and they had no coach who wanted to take the job. Zorn was hired as a Coordinator first and when they couldn’t find a head coach they resorted to making him HC out of desperation. I remember being like wow! Who the F is JIm Zorn. I expected Gregg Williams to be the Head Coach or perhaps Jim Fassell during that point. Kinda like wtf why Joe Barry??

    • dcfaninecuador - Jan 23, 2015 at 9:11 AM

      Joe Gibbs I, also. A relatively anonymous OC (From San Diego, no less) that nobody was standing in line to hire. Sometimes it works… Somtimes it doesn’t. The only way to know for sure is to give it some time.

      • Joe Greene - Jan 23, 2015 at 4:50 PM

        Seriously, what makes you people think something like this? Gibbs was a very highly regarded OC from one of the best offenses the NFL had ever seen. Barry is a known failure coming in after being a positional coach for a solid, but not great, defense.

  3. Rick - Jan 23, 2015 at 7:57 AM

    This perpetual clown act of an organization hired him for the same reason they hire everyone else. To fire them! Duh?

  4. gasngo14 - Jan 23, 2015 at 8:02 AM

    At this point it is what it is so we must take a wait and see approach. We should give him our support and hope for the best as we can’t change who they hired. He may surprise many or he could fail but on the bright side it looks as if we will be drafting much better players and that is where it starts! WE NEED TO BE PATIENT!

    • george - Jan 23, 2015 at 11:33 AM

      Organization lost our patience. Prepare for empty seats all season. Fans deserve better than buckskins cronyism we are being “patient ” for.

  5. red - Jan 23, 2015 at 8:17 AM

    U know i hated the move at first but now i can live with it. We have a diffrent team now. We have an underdog team across the board. Jay gruden is an underdog coach not a lot expected from him but he could pull an eli manning and surpass john by getting us a couple of rings. Barry is an underdog he failed before many DCs do maybe he has learned. Callahan wasnt wanted in big D after he helped get them where they are he is another underdog. But our biggest underdog? Our players from garcon, hatcher, roberts, grant, murphy, thomas and hall had forgettable seasons for their own reasons. But now if they come back next year they have something to prove. That brings me to the guy with the most to prove RG3. He has a lot to prove. He is our biggest underdog but hopefully hes gonna get the most help. A strong run game is key. If he can turn it on a little bit we could be back in playoffs next year or at least closer than we were this year. So lets not panic we are underdogs embrace it! Hail to the Underdogs!

    • NIK - Jan 23, 2015 at 7:36 PM

      I respect your positive view. Wish I could be the same. #BlameDannyBoy

  6. sidepull - Jan 23, 2015 at 8:52 AM

    Not optimistic about the hire. I will have to wait and see. I am pretty numb to anything Brue Allen does. I think that Snyder hire has set us back for a while. He clearly is not his Dad. I think we all know that. Joe B is just another guy, until he breaks the mold and who knows maybe we get to see him become a great coordinator. It would be nice to see something to base that on besides Gruden working with him and the fact that he led the worst defenses ever in Detroit.

  7. drunksapper - Jan 23, 2015 at 8:57 AM

    Stop trying to put lipstick on a pig. This was a crap hire, especially with other DCs available with actual resumes of successful defenses. I don’t care if Barry can talk the talk if he has very clearly never walked the walk.

    Wanting to “go younger to relate better” is stupid. Makes me even more mad about this, and further confirms my sneaking suspicion that Gruden is so insecure about his job that he doesn’t want to hire someone older and more experienced than himself, so he goes with a younger yes man.

    Fans are absolutely right to be furious about this. Just when it looked like the Redskins were FINALLY making smart decisions and taking two steps forward with Scotty and Callahan, they proceed to take a giant step backwards by hiring a guy who oversaw the only defense to go 0-16 in NFL history, because he gave a “great interview”. Don’t gimme the personnel excuse either. Going 0-16 is as difficult, if not more, than going 16-0.

    • dcfaninecuador - Jan 23, 2015 at 9:36 AM

      So, I guess his former coaches and players in San Diego are crap, too. People who actually KNOW the guy have very positive things to say. Maybe, just maybe (I know it’s a stretch, given your apparent personal knowledge of the situation) these guys know just a teeny bit more than you, or any of us do.

      • renhoekk2 - Jan 23, 2015 at 10:35 AM

        The guy is something different than Haslett nothing more. I looked over his career as a position coach. He did nothing special. He definitely didn’t turn guys into All Pro or Pro Bowlers. Derrick Brooks in TB was the only one but he was an All Pro and making Pro Bowls before Barry showed up. He’s an avg at best LB position coach. He got a DC shot because of cronyism. His father-in-law was HC. He defenses were historically bad. He’s probably a nice guy and tries hard at his job. Certainly doesn’t qualify him to be dialing up defenses to try and stop NFL offenses on Sundays.

    • bangkokben - Jan 23, 2015 at 10:22 AM

      What a buffoon! So Gruden is soooo insecure, why hire Callahan then since he is older, has more experience, been a head coach, and coached in a Super Bowl?

      May you be judged by your worst failures with no consideration of the circumstances! Don’t want hear it. Just excuses.

      I’m not saying it’s a good hire but all this piss and vinegar about how it undermines the ‘good’ moves this organization has made. C’mon! WTF do we know anyway? None of us have inside information and all we can base it on is perception on what’s being reported.

      I bet you’ve never heard of Joe Barry and wouldn’t have connected the dots had it not been spoon fed to you by the media.

      • drunksapper - Jan 23, 2015 at 11:04 AM

        If you didn’t know who Joe Barry was, then you were living under a rock. If you were in any way knowledgeable of the sport, you knew who he was.

        Callahan is an offensive line coach. He’s so far down the chain of command Gruden doesn’t have to worry about him. Our actual OC is barely out of puberty. That, along with Gruden’s willingness to throw people under the bus, is telling.

        Gruden, Allen, and their little cronies are building the Tampa Bay country club 2.0 while passing over people with superior resumes. That is a fact.

        Even a cursory research attempt makes all of this pretty clear. The fact that Barry wasn’t the choice of anyone in the organization besides Gruden is telling (not making that up either).


        • bangkokben - Jan 23, 2015 at 11:20 AM

          You have no inside information. The fans were excited about Bruce Allen, Mike Shanahan, and Scot McCloughan. So does that make McCloughan a bad hire? Sorry you got passed over for younger guys with inferior resumes but don’t pretend you know anything. So now a super bowl head coach who is an o-line coach so far down the chain? Tell that to Fangio when he got passed over by Jim Tomsula (d-line). Every coach picks guys he has relationships with or a solid word by guys they trust. Fangio didn’t want to come here.

        • drunksapper - Jan 23, 2015 at 11:56 AM

          S*** comparison. McCloughan actually has the history to back himself up, since he had a hand in building 2 Superbowl champions and another constant contender.

          It doesn’t matter if he coached in a Superbowl, he is subservient to the OC, so yeah, he’s down the chain and in no position to challenge the HC. Fangio as a comparison doesn’t work here either, since that happened when the HC left and they were actively auditioning for a new one.

          “Every coach picks guys he has relationships with or a solid word by guys they trust.”

          No, they don’t. Organizations who aren’t dumpster fires hire the most qualified person for the job, who actually have histories of success, and before you bring up Tomsula again, he came from a history of success.

          If you want to live in lala land and pretend like everything is peachy in town. Fine. Just keep it to yourself. Those of us who are actually sick of the Skins being the joke of the NFC East are going to keep on saying enough is enough and demand better.

        • bangkokben - Jan 23, 2015 at 12:17 PM

          The comparison is regarding fan say. The fans didn’t want Fassel here or Cutler here or Barry here. This time they didn’t get their way. Boo hoo. I didn’t want those turds either. The reason this organization is a joke is because it listens to many voices including the fans. So you’re buying the Harbaugh left spoon fed baby food. So why was it reported he was out before the season started or that 9ers would trade him at the seasons end. So Tomsula had nothing to gain and no relationship with the owner. Never mind that his 1st interview took the NFL’s spotlight of shame off our team for a day. Keep telling yourself that the other organizations ask for resumes on Monster and hire the most qualified excluding those with relationships in the building. Let me know what you’re smoking because I’d like some.

    • skins4life7 - Jan 23, 2015 at 1:41 PM

      Couldn’t have said it better myself. 99.9% certain this dude, “Bare-ly,” I mean “Barry,” is going to make a mess. And of course, we will say that his first year can be written off as trying to adjust to his new role. Nevertheless, we are stuck in the high-chair and the only thing we got to eat is mush. Hopefully, it will taste better going down than it looks. ‘Cause it this dude gets some decent draft picks and can’t manage to generate a margin in the WIN column well above his ’07-’08 season then I think it’s safe to say the new GM is going to put both Gruden and Barry in the cannon and light the fuse.

  8. LeCount Briscoe - Jan 23, 2015 at 9:05 AM

    This was the best editorial I’ve read about the Joe Barry hire, Thank You Rich!!!

  9. dcfaninecuador - Jan 23, 2015 at 9:21 AM

    Exactly what I’ve been saying, Rich. NOBODY except Skins fans were beating down the door for Wade Phillips. All the opportunities and no nibbles. That says a lot. Fangio, Chicago… A quicker path to possible head coach with Fox’s age and health issues. EVERY coordinator starts somewhere,and you really can’t count Detroit. That team was a colossal disaster from the top down, but, Marinelli seems to have landed on his feet, maybe Barry will too. And, anybody who doesn’t understand working with (and have working for you) people you are comfortable with have never held down a real job. Lousy relationships at work make a toxic environment where success becomes difficult, if not impossible.

    • renhoekk2 - Jan 23, 2015 at 10:11 AM

      If you’ve never worked with someone how do you know it will be a toxic relationship? If someone is paying you A LOT of money to coach his team, you have an obligation to hire the best qualified people to fill the most important positions. If someone is very qualified but you’ve worked with them in the past and KNOW it won’t work that is one thing. But these coaches don’t seem to want to take one single step out of their comfort zones and work with anyone new. That’s what is so sad about the whole cronyism thing.

      • dcfaninecuador - Jan 23, 2015 at 8:59 PM

        That’s why you conduct interviews, otherwise, you’d hire somebody based solely on their resume, whether it’s a football coach or an insypurance adjuster. If you didn’t conduct interviews, why would anybody have hired Rod Marinelli for ANY JOB IN THE NFL. seriously, man.

    • drunksapper - Jan 23, 2015 at 11:13 AM

      Fox is going to be a HC in Chicago a lot longer than Gruden will be in Washington.

      I’ll actually be shocked if he survives next years black Monday. This Barry hire might have sealed the deal.

      I see Scotty cleaning house next off-season. The path to HC is considerably shorter here in DC than Chicago.

  10. rayvil01 - Jan 23, 2015 at 9:35 AM

    Players make coaches…not the other way around. McCloughan hire is the key one. This is much less significant and is getting way too much attention.

    • renhoekk2 - Jan 23, 2015 at 10:00 AM

      Dead on. You know the difference between Bill Belichick in Cleveland and BB in NE? Vinny Testerverde and his career 75QBR and Tom Brady with his career 95QBR.

    • Joe Greene - Jan 23, 2015 at 4:53 PM

      So the Dallas defense with significantly less talented players this year, made the coach who came in and got them to perform much better than the more talented unit from last year? Sure thing bub.

  11. renhoekk2 - Jan 23, 2015 at 9:49 AM

    It is what it is I guess. I don’t see the genius in the hire. At least it’s something different. Which is what was needed more than anything. The team lacks talent but the Haslett thing had run its course and a change was necessary. Barry if nothing else offers that.

  12. Stephfan - Jan 23, 2015 at 10:16 AM

    Everyone needs to calm down and stop crying. So what if we don’t like the hire. Barry may turn out to be a hell of a coach. But mark my words true redskins fans. We all know this isn’t a quick fix on the d. Maybe it’ll take another year after this to get it close to being better. I can’t wait to hear how many fans will want him gone after the season… And that’s the problem we stick with haslett for 5 years and mike as head coach for 4 years but if the d doesn’t turn around in 2 years. Barry might be gone… And if that happens then maybe they need to get rid of Allen

    • bangkokben - Jan 23, 2015 at 10:29 AM

      “But if we didn’t have that $36M in cap space taken….” says Mike S.

      Seriously, you’re spot on about ‘skin fans. There is no patience left. Everyone knows it’s a big hole but damn if you don’t get out of it right away.

  13. mr.moneylover19 - Jan 23, 2015 at 10:26 AM

    I hope they keep most of they players and they draft and give undrafted players a change to make the roster….im glade scott is in charge of the roster now if coaches cant get the most out of they players then coaches need to go….jay gruden lifeline as head coach rely on Joe barry thats why when u ask scott whose the next DC ? or who will they bring in on the other postions ? He will clearly say thats up to jay gruden or thats up to the head coach because once he fill the roster up with good talent if our record dont improve hes gonna clear everything out and bring in the coaches he want that can turn this team around…jay better hope Joe barry improve the defense or hes gone

  14. chaos744 - Jan 23, 2015 at 10:31 AM

    I’ve grown apathetic. I’m now expecting a 6-10 season – anything better is an improvement.

    • NIK - Jan 23, 2015 at 7:51 PM

      I agree with 6-10 as well but not because of the coaches but good old Danny Boy Snyder. Create this 16-year mess to begin with and do not know when it ever will be right.

  15. mr.moneylover19 - Jan 23, 2015 at 10:37 AM

    This was a backward hire….normally redskins sign a coach that has done good in pass years and normally when a coach go to another team they normally fail…but this time redskins hire a coach that has failed in the pass…it might he a legit hire ppl…if joe barry carry that chip on his shoulder that nobody didnt want him or give him a second chance it can rub on players and turn a defense around…we gotta just wait and see

  16. shermanp79 - Jan 23, 2015 at 11:11 AM

    Who knows how this turns out, I preferred Fangio. A proven guy with the same qualities we heard regarding Barry. The difference, he did it as a DC for a period of time. After hearing Fangio never received an offer, it tells me someone couldn’t convince Gruden he was the right guy. So basically Fangio had only Chicago to turn to at that time. It will be on Gruden’s head if Barry fails. The organization clearly likes Fangio,, wouldn’t it be ironic if this and Gruden fails, then Fangio becomes a HC candidate. It’s over now but I am not thrilled Gruden goes with the unproven guy. I bring it back to him wanting Haslet to stay despite his record. Gruden was making excuses for him, rather than looking at the whole picture. I understand comfort but it doesn’t sound like Fangio creates personality conflicts at his jobs. As someone said above, just because you don’t know someone, doesn’t mean you won’t have a good working relationship. Even knowing someone, doesn’t mean things can’t go bad. This clearly was Gruden’s choice, hopefully it has great success, but if not,, he has to be responsible for it. I am interested in watching how Chicago does on defense, they were horrible last year. We might of even been a bit better in areas.

  17. charley42 - Jan 23, 2015 at 11:14 AM

    I still say it’s SM’s plan to improve the team. They’ll suck again next year and then he can hire some good and upcoming coaches to teach a younger more talented team. It’s a rebuild that will take 3 or 4 years to turn things around.

    • renhoekk2 - Jan 23, 2015 at 5:35 PM

      Love that idea. McCloughan’s plan is to trade down this season and acquire another first round pick next season. Let Gruden dig his own grave this season by letting him pick his own assistant coaches. When it all goes bad again next season, McCloughan will be sitting there with two first round picks. He’ll be able to trade up and get the best QB in the drat next year for the new HC of his choosing. It’s freakin pure genius.

    • Joe Greene - Jan 24, 2015 at 4:45 PM

      McCloughan has not hired a good coach before. That’s his one weakness.

  18. goback2rfk - Jan 23, 2015 at 12:31 PM

    It is an odd pick up, it had me scratching my head for a minute there.. All I can say now is I guess we will see what happens. There were a lot of other candidates out there is what makes this so difficult, you had Wade, Dick LeBeau, Fangio, and many more floating around. This is a tough one, who knows maybe he will turn into the next star defensive coordinator.

  19. george - Jan 23, 2015 at 12:43 PM

    Rich, by your logic (no team wanted wade Philips) can you explain why we signed Barry who had zero interest from any other team, and how that is different than if we hired wade?

  20. washbaltfan - Jan 23, 2015 at 1:09 PM

    Look, this was just a terrible, terrible hire. Frankly, this, coupled with some of his other coaching hiring/retention decisions (e.g., Haslett), has caused me to lose confidence in Gruden. I’m confident that he won’t be coaching here past a third season. Look at our top coaching positions, all arguably over their heads– Jay Gruden, first-time head coach; Sean McVay, first-time OC; Joe Barry, DC of the only 0-16 team in NFL history. This does not look like the A team. Compare it to Chicago’s leadership, a team that started from coaching scratch less than a month ago: head coach, Jon Fox; offensive coordinator, Adam Gase; defensive coordinator, Vic Fangio. At each and every one of those positions, I would MUCH rather have who they have than who we have. And don’t tell me it has to be this way because of relationships. As with so many things with the Redskins, we just have to look up the BW Parkway for a favorable contrast. The same the Skins hired this loser (not a pejorative– that’s his record as DC), the Ravens made a great hire for offensive coordinator, Marc Trestman. Where is Trestman’s long relationship with John Harbaugh? There isn’t one. They went out and hired someone good, without a previous long working history together. Same thing when the Ravens hired Kubiak– no long co-coaching history.

    I have so little respect for this organization now, I’m going to try to just be a Ravens fan. I don’t know if I can just let go of my long history of rooting for the Redskins, though . . .

  21. hitmeimopen - Jan 23, 2015 at 1:24 PM

    Without real knowledge of the process I am left to picture how things go down. I see Dan asking Bruce who we should hire – then Bruce goes through his Rolodex and comes up empty, prompting him to scour the message-boards to get the fans’ thoughts, etc. This leadership is unlike any other in the NFL. Real leaders know how to formulate a building plan themselves. They don’t look elsewhere to emulate. A real owner knows to hire the best and that those people will be patient only if they believe in their plan. If McGlouhan is this type of guy they should entrust to him the whole kit and kaboodle. I would trust him over anyone else in the leadership role. When I say leadership, I mean the whole mess! What kind of team do you want? Decide and put it in motion and don’t waste time and energy letting in anything or anyone who doesn’t fit the plan. Done!

  22. brucefan1 - Jan 23, 2015 at 2:31 PM

    I not sure what it is exactly that so many posters here are finding wrong with Rich’s take on the Barry hiring? Is it TOO rational? Does it not make enough wild speculation or predict doom & gloom? Personally, it’s all pretty rational and quite feasible to me.

    The powers that be – and don’t anybody kid yourself that the new GM couldn’t have vetoed this hire if he thought it was doomed to fail – obviously feel there’s something in Barry’s coaching ability others may have missed (or maybe DISMISSED, perhaps due to Barry’s Lions tenure?). They are obviously staking their careers on his ability to do the job.

    I’m the first to admit that I’m way too uniformed to tell ANY NFL professional how to do his job. I’ll leave that to all you experts. But I do know that one person who came out even worse than Joe Barry from that Detroit fiasco was Rod Marinelli. And wasn’t he just hailed all throughout this last season as the guy who turned the Cowboy defense around…from a FARCE, into FORCE!

    Amazing! I guess ya just never know.

  23. Jeffre M Beland - Jan 23, 2015 at 2:50 PM

    It wouldnt be fair in any stand point to judge someone with over 15 years coaching on one situation where he wasnt in complete control of that outcome. If that would be the case Pete CarrolI and Bill Belichick (I know Barry isnt at their level, just examples) wouldnt have second chances to be head coachs. Joe like Gruden, Allen, and McCloughan I see that Barry’s father has over 30 years of coaching experience that was something or new GM mentioned that skins wanted people with high football IQ.

  24. vtsquirm - Jan 23, 2015 at 3:01 PM

    my guess is the defense will improve slightly, because lets face it… they were pretty bad last year and I can’t imagine they won’t improve with a new GM hopefully getting more talented players. I’m actually more concerned with special teams. hired a highly thought of special teams coach and we still were terrible this past year (after being bad for several years in a row). I saw no improvement other than our punter was an improvement.

  25. dellio01 - Jan 23, 2015 at 5:16 PM

    Rich? Why do we have to rehash this hiring. The man was hired for better or worse. I just wish people can give the guy a chance. Will it be a failure? Who knows, but it just might be a great hire! I just don’t get why people say, “why didn’t we get (add name here)”, “why didn’t we get this guy?”. Those that choose to come in are not just being interviewed by the organization, they are interviewing the team as well. So it just might be these guys didn’t see a good fit here in Washington. Now, Rich, I addressed you because you have chosen the question.

    • Joe Greene - Jan 24, 2015 at 5:26 AM

      Give the guy a chance? He’s a proven failure as a coordinator and has not been a standout position coach. There’s no reason for him to even get an interview, much less the job.

    • Rich Tandler - Jan 24, 2015 at 6:16 AM

      Uh, the hiring is a pretty recent event, right? If I was rehashing the Gruden hire I could understand a complaint. If you don’t like looking back at recent moves and examining why they happened, well, I’m not sure what you’re doing here.

      • dellio01 - Jan 24, 2015 at 4:34 PM

        But guess what Joe? He is hired, so what choice do you have? Two, stop rooting for the team (assuming you are a fan) or get on board and hope for the best.

  26. william nixdorf - Jan 23, 2015 at 5:16 PM

    They had to hire coaches that have failed in the pass. So not to worry the ” wrong” Gruden that this coach might replace him…..Schwartz….. Lebeau…. Enough said….In 2 years the Washington Buccaneers will be looking for new staff…..

    • washbaltfan - Jan 23, 2015 at 6:29 PM


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  28. polofourme - Jan 24, 2015 at 9:02 AM

    Losers hiring losers. They are attracted to each other like bees to honey. Barry has a been a loser his entire career and he is also part of the Redskins TB Gang Who Can Not Shoot Straight alumni that seems to be taking over the Park. If this is not the worst hire in years, I don’t know what was. He was hired as the DC at DET for one reason, his wife’s father was the HC. Until then he was a real nobody. And of course his record at DET for two seasons, he coached one of the worst Ds in NFL history, going 0-16 in one season. He will fit in just fine here where losing is not only a tradition but an art form. HIs hire will set this team back years. And IMO puts the last nail in the coffin of Gruden this year. He will be gone after the has another real bad losing season. Terrible hire..just plain terrible.

  29. Robert Bodenhamer Jr - Jan 24, 2015 at 12:38 PM

    Joe Barry’s resume isn’t that great. So far Brue Allen and Jay Gruden hire the TampaBay Buccaneers coaches I know Bruce Allen was the general Manager there but , they had one break out year and that’s it . I know my opinion doesn’t really matter but his track recorder isn’t that great either .
    I want to know if they involved Scot in the coaching choices . Because I wouldn’t think it would have come down to Raheem Morris and Joe Barry

  30. Mr Hart - Jan 24, 2015 at 9:50 PM

    The new gm is going to draft good players and let Gruden prove himself this year. If they dont win at least 7 games he’s done here and he will hire the coach he really wants. Probably a Seattle assistant or Vic from Chicago. We just have to swallow this season as a throw away. Because he’s gonna gut this roster and rebuild it from the bottom after the draft. Hire his own
    Scouts. People he knows. Be patient. One more year of foolishness. And then we get moving.

  31. mr.moneylover19 - Jan 27, 2015 at 9:01 AM

    They hired joe barry because they got tired of interviewing candidates for the job and they got scared of hiring a DC that had success in the pass will fail with the redskins Archives

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