Coaches

Brian Baker
Outside Linebackers
College:
Maryland
Hometown:
Baltimore, Md.
Experience:
29

Biography

Brian Baker was named the Browns’ outside linebackers coach on January 24, 2013. He brings 29 years of coaching experience, including 17 on the professional level.

Brian Baker was named the Browns’ outside linebackers coach on January 24, 2013. He brings 29 years of coaching experience, including 17 on the professional level.

Baker spent the past two seasons (2011-12) as the defensive line coach with the Dallas Cowboys. Under Baker, nose tackle Jay Ratliff was selected to the Pro Bowl following last season. Prior to his time in Dallas, Baker spent two seasons (2009-10) as the Carolina Panthers’ defensive line coach. In 2010, defensive end Charles Johnson led the Panthers with 11.5 sacks, which was tied for the fourth-most in the NFL. In 2009, defensive end Julius Peppers led the team with 10.5 sacks en route to a Pro Bowl selection. 

Prior to arriving in Carolina, Baker spent three seasons (2006-08) coaching the St. Louis Rams’ defensive line. In 2008, his unit notched 20 of the team’s 30 sacks as the defense finished 11th in the league in sacks-per-pass play. In 2006, defensive end Leonard Little tied for fifth in the league with 13 sacks, while defensive tackle La'Roi Glover finished sixth among NFC defensive tackles with 5.5 sacks.

Baker spent five seasons with the Minnesota Vikings serving as defensive line coach (2001 and 2004-05) and linebackers coach (2002-03). He helped defensive tackle Kevin Williams earn his first of six Pro Bowl selections following the 2004 season. That season, Williams recorded a career-best 11.5 sacks and was selected to the AP All-Pro team. Along with Williams, defensive end Lance Johnstone totaled 11 sacks in 2004 to give the Vikings the third-most prolific sack duo in the league that year with 22.5.

Prior to Minnesota, Baker was the Detroit Lions’ defensive line coach from 1997-2000.  Under his tutelage, defensive linemen Robert Porcher (1997 and 1999) and Luther Elliss (1999 and 2000) were selected to the Pro Bowl. In 1999, Porcher registered 15 sacks, which is the most by any Lion in a single-season since sacks became in an official stat in 1982.

Baker made his NFL coaching debut as the defensive line coach with the San Diego Chargers in 1996 after spending 12 years on the collegiate level. He had stints at Georgia Tech (1987-95), Army (1986) and Maryland (1984-85). While with Georgia Tech, the Yellow Jackets claimed the 1990 National Championship as the nation's only unbeaten team with an 11-0-1 record.

A native of Baltimore, Baker played outside linebacker at the University of Maryland from 1981-83 and helped the Terps win the Atlantic Coast Conference in 1983. He earned a degree in marketing in 1985. Baker and his wife, Nevada, have three daughters, Nicole, Jade and Jasmine.

Brian Baker’s Coaching Background:

1984-85           University of Maryland, outside linebackers

1986                Army, fullbacks

1987-94           Georgia Tech, linebackers

1995                Georgia Tech, defensive coordinator/linebackers

1996                San Diego Chargers, defensive line

1997-2000       Detroit Lions, defensive line

2001                Minnesota Vikings, defensive line

2002-03           Minnesota Vikings, linebackers

2004-05           Minnesota Vikings, defensive line

2006-08           St. Louis Rams, defensive line

2009-10           Carolina Panthers, defensive line

2011-12           Dallas Cowboys, defensive line

2013-               Cleveland Browns, outside linebackers

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