Tampa Bay linebackers coach Joe Barry hopes to soon be re-united his father-in-law, Rod Marinelli, who was introduced as the Detroit Lions’ new head coach on Thursday.
But Bucs general manager Bruce Allen must first allow Barry out of his contract, which has one season remaining on it. Allen’s track record would suggest Barry would not be permitted to get out of his contract to take the Lions’ defensive coordinator job.
Allen denied the Arizona Cardinals the chance to interview Barry for their defensive coordinator job in 2004, and he denied the Green Bay Packers the same request last week.
However, Barry is hoping that an exception can be made in this case seeing as he and Marinelli are family.
“I’m still hoping that there’s a glimpse of me joining Rod in Detroit,” said Barry. “It’s been a dream of ours that we’ve talked about before that he would be a head coach and I would be his defensive coordinator. This would help us keep our family together. The door isn’t completely shut yet.”
Although the Lions have not yet sent a formal request to the Bucs regarding their interest in bringing Barry aboard as their defensive coordinator, it is expected to come across Allen’s fax machine in the next 24-48 hours.
“Bruce has to view the fax, sign it and check ‘yes’ or ‘no’,” said Barry. “I know what his policy is and has been. But this is the exception to the rule. I’m hopeful that the family aspect of it carries some weight. There will be other opportunities for me to be a defensive coordinator. I’m only 35, but this opportunity won’t happen again.
“I was denied four days ago for the Green Bay position. I signed a contract, and I have to be a big boy about it. But this situation is different.”
Team policy might not be the only thing standing in Barry’s way of getting out of his contract and joining the Lions. Tampa Bay has already lost two defensive coaches – Marinelli and defensive backs coach Mike Tomlin – this offseason, and they lost assistant defensive backs coach Raheem Morris, who was named the Kansas State Wildcats’ new defensive coordinator, last month.
Allen is in the process of conducting interviews to fill the vacancies left by Marinelli, Tomlin and Morris. Whether or not he will interview candidates to fill Tampa Bay’s linebackers coach position will likely be decided soon.
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