It will be interesting to see if the Redskins go away from the 3-4 base defense that has defined them over the past several seasons.
Barry spent the past two seasons as Washington's defensive coordinator, and the unit struggled under his watch. In fact, according to Football Outsiders, Washington's defense ranked 25th in the league (24th against the pass, 25th against the run), while its offense was fifth, behind only the Falcons, Patriots, Cowboys and Packers - four teams that qualified for the playoffs.
In 2015 they ranked 28th, 28th, 25th, 26th and 12th in those same respective categories - in other words, little progression and a major drop-off on third down efficiency.
The defensive line is the most glaring weakness and could stand to get worse if the Redskins are unable to re-sign free agent defensive end Chris Baker.
The team announced defensive line coach Robb Akey, strength and conditioning coach Mike Clark and defensive backs coach Perry Fewell have also been fired.
Well, the Redskins and head coach Jay Gruden threw an entire wrench into this idea on Thursday.
Barry's firing comes at a time when there is a surplus of defensive minded talent available. The biggest is likely to be former Denver defensive coordinator Wade Phillips, who interviewed for the Redskins job two years ago but was passed over.
Despite being just one year removed from the postseason in addition to a NFC East divisional crown, the Washington Redskins are now in the midst of making some serious changes to their coaching staff.