Redskins Hire Veteran Coach To Tackle Outside Linebackers
ASHBURN, Va. (CBSDC) — The Washington Redskins have hired Brian Baker as outside linebackers coach while continuing to fill out the staff under new head coach Jay Gruden.
Baker’s addition to the coaching roster will presumably reunite him with Jim Haslett who is expected to be retained by the Redskins. The pair worked together in St. Louis from 2006 to 2008 while Haslett was defensive coordinator and Baker coached the defensive line.
Last season, Baker, 51, served as outside linebackers coach for the Cleveland Browns.
Cleveland finished 2013 ranked third in the AFC and ninth overall in the NFL in total defense while operating in a 3-4 scheme. Gruden has said he expects the Redskins will remain in 3-4 next season.
Baker has recent experience in the NFC East having coached the Dallas Cowboys defensive line coach from 2011 to 2012.
Players have routinely been Pro Bowl selections under Baker’s tutelage including Dallas linebackers DeMarcus Ware and Anthony Spencer.
Baker is a native of Baltimore with ties to the Washington area, having played linebacker at Maryland from 1980 to 1983 before transitioning to student coach and graduate assistant. Following nine seasons coaching at Georgia Tech, he entered the NFL as the San Diego Chargers defensive line coach in 1996.
His career also includes stints with the Detroit Lions, Minnesota Vikings, and Carolina Panthers.
Washington also officially announced the promotion of Sean McVay to offensive coordinator from tight ends coach on Wednesday.
Brian Baker Coaching Timeline
1984: Maryland – Student Coach
1985: Maryland – Graduate Assistant
1986: Army – Fullbacks Coach
1987-94: Georgia Tech – Linebackers Coach
1995: Georgia Tech – Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers Coach
1996: San Diego Chargers – Defensive Line Coach
1997-2000: Detroit Lions – Defensive Line Coach
2001: Minnesota Vikings – Defensive Line Coach
2002-03: Minnesota Vikings – Linebackers Coach
2004-05: Minnesota Vikings – Defensive Line Coach
2006-08: St. Louis Rams – Defensive Line Coach
2009-10: Carolina Panthers – Defensive Line Coach
2011-12: Dallas Cowboys – Defensive Line Coach
2013: Cleveland Browns – Outside Linebackers Coach