Former Packers Defensive Coordinator Joe Barry to Interview for Eagles and Bears Coaching Positions

Green Bay, WI – After being fired as the Packers’ defensive coordinator, Joe Barry is already lining up potential job opportunities. The former Packers coach is scheduled to interview with the Philadelphia Eagles for the linebackers coach position on Friday. Additionally, Barry will meet with the Chicago Bears to discuss a possible role on their defensive staff.

Barry’s dismissal came after Green Bay’s defense finished the 2023 season ranked 10th in points allowed and 17th in yards allowed. One particularly disappointing performance was in Week 16, when the Packers’ defense allowed the Carolina Panthers to score 30 points and gain 394 total yards. This was the only time Carolina reached the 30-point mark all season, and they failed to score in their last two games.

This was Barry’s third stint as a defensive coordinator, having previously held the position with the Detroit Lions from 2007-2008 and the Washington Football Team from 2015-2016. Before joining the Packers, Barry served as the assistant head coach and linebackers coach for the Los Angeles Rams from 2017-2020.

Although his tenure in Green Bay ended on a sour note, Barry’s experience and expertise have attracted interest from other teams. The Eagles and Bears are both considering him for roles in their respective defensive coaching staffs. Barry’s interview with the Eagles is scheduled for Friday, where he will have the opportunity to showcase his skills and potentially secure a job as their linebackers coach. Similarly, his meeting with the Bears presents a chance to impress and potentially join their defensive staff.

As Barry seeks to move on from his time in Green Bay, these interviews could pave the way for him to make a fresh start and contribute to another team’s success. His track record as a defensive coordinator and his previous coaching positions make him an attractive candidate for both the Eagles and the Bears. The outcomes of these interviews will determine his next career move in the NFL.