Redskins hire former Terp Brian Baker to coach outside linebackers

The Washington Redskins announced on Wednesday that they have hired former Cleveland Browns assistant Brian Baker to coach their outside linebackers.

Brian Baker, Jabaal Sheard
Brian Baker, here working with Browns linebacker Jabaal Sheard, last coached in Cleveland. (Mark Duncan/Associated Press)

Baker held the same position with the Browns in 2013. Prior to that, he coached the Cowboys’ defensive linemen and outside linebackers in 2011 and 2012. Baker also has had coaching stints with the Carolina Panthers, St. Louis Rams, Minnesota Vikings, Detroit Lions and San Diego Chargers.

During his NFL coaching career, Baker has worked with Pro Bowl players Jay Ratliff, Julius Peppers, Kevin Williams, Robert Porcher and Luther Elliss, DeMarcus Ware and Anthony Spencer.

Baker also spent time coaching in college, with stops at Georgia Tech, Army and Maryland. He helped Georgia Tech to the national championship in 1990. Baker, 51, played outside linebacker for Maryland from 1981 to 1983 and helped the Terps win the ACC in ’83.

Baker inherits a linebacking unit that includes 2011 first-round pick Ryan Kerrigan, who just completed his third NFL season. Leading pass rusher Brian Orakpo is set to become a free agent this offseason, but Orakpo has expressed desire to return to the team that drafted him 13th overall in 2009.

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