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Green Bay Packers confirm Joe Barry will be next defensive coordinator

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Posted at 2:34 PM, Feb 08, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-08 15:41:46-05

GREEN BAY — The Green Bay Packers confirmed Monday that they are naming Joe Barry defensive coordinator and promoting Maurice Drayton to special teams coordinator for the 2021-22 NFL season.

Barry comes to the Packers after working as an assistant head coach/linebackers for the Los Angeles Rams from 2017 to 2020. During his time there, the team ranked number 2 in the league in sacks (192.0), tied for number 2 in takeaways (104) and interceptions (63), number 7 in overall defense (329.9 ypg) and number 9 in scoring defense (21.5 ppg), according to the Packers.

The news comes after the Packers decided to not extend a contract for former Packers defensive coordinator Mike Pettine.

Barry previously worked for the Detroit Lions 2007-08; the Washington Football Team 2015-16; San Diego Chargers 2012-14; and Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2001-06 and 2009. His first job in the NFL was as a defensive quality control coach for the San Francisco 49ers in 2000.

Drayton meanwhile spent the last three seasons as assistant special teams coach for the Packers, where he worked with K. Mason Crosby, who made 16 field-goal attempts this past season to become the first player in franchise history since 1938 to never miss a field goal in a single regular season, the Packers state. Before the Packers, Drayton worked as the assistant special teams coach for the Indianapolis Colts from 2016 through 2017.

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