Redskins hire Brian Baker as OLB coach

January, 15, 2014
Jan 15
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The Washington Redskins continue to fill out more of their coaching staff and officially named Brian Baker as their outside linebackers coach. It's the same role he filled in Cleveland last season.

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Baker coached for three seasons in St. Louis with Jim Haslett, who is expected to stay as the Redskins' defensive coordinator. Baker has coached with Dallas, Carolina, Minnesota, Detroit and San Diego since entering the NFL in 1996. He's spent the past three years coaching in the 3-4, the scheme that Washington has run since 2010. Though Dallas played it differently than the Redskins, Baker's experience in Cleveland last season will prep him for the Redskins' style. Both originated from the Pittsburgh style of 3-4 under coordinator Dick LeBeau.

The big question is whether Baker will get to work with linebacker Brian Orakpo, a pending free agent. Haslett is high on Orakpo and his contributions to the defense -- and not just as a pass-rusher. If Orakpo returns it would give Baker one outside 'backer in his prime and another about to enter it in Ryan Kerrigan. He'll also have to groom Brandon Jenkins, who played sparingly as a rookie (largely due to his lack of special teams prowess).

Baker played at the University of Maryland and served there as a student coach and graduate assistant from 1984-85.

The Redskins interviewed New York Jets special teams coach Ben Kotwica on Tuesday and plan to interview ex-Redskin Earnest Byner on Friday, presumably for the vacant running backs coach position.

John Keim

ESPN Washington Redskins reporter

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