WASHINGTON — Redskins defensive lineman Chris Baker has cleared the air over his sideline spat Sunday with defensive coordinator Joe Barry.
Baker, in the second quarter of Washington’s 29-27 win over the Giants, was caught by Fox cameras berating Barry, as Barry yelled right back. This, one week after fellow defensive lineman Ricky Jean Francois publicly questioned Barry’s reluctance to make in-game adjustments.
“We kind of knew going into the game that during that situation, the offense liked to run the ball when it gets in the low red zone, and I believe we were in a nickel front, and I kind of wanted us to be in a goal line front or a base front,” Baker told 106.7 The Fan’s Chad Dukes and Chris Russell, with regard to the impetus for the fight.
“But Joe Barry was explaining that they were in eleven personnel so we had to match their personnel,” he said. “We as defensive linemen hate seeing the offense be able to run the ball into the end zone with not a lot of defensive linemen in the game, so I just wanted some extra beef in there so we could be a little more stout against the run.”
Asked if sideline arguments like the one he had with his coach are common in football, and if the reaction to him yelling at Barry might have been a touch overblown, Baker said, “Oh yeah, without a question. That’s just a part of football.”
“The coach is going to do his best job of putting us in the best situations so that we can win on that down, but they just executed on that play and we didn’t execute the way we were supposed to and stop them,” he said. “But you just want to be in the best situation possible. But if he’s the defensive coordinator and he calls the plays, whatever he calls the plays, we just have to go out there and execute it.”