Brian Baker’s coaching career began just a few miles north of FedExField at the University of Maryland, but his return to the Washington, D.C., area didn’t happen without several different moves across the country.
Each move, the first-year Washington Redskins outside linebackers coach said, has given him new perspectives on coaching and the game of football.
Between his final year with the Maryland coaching staff and becoming a member of Jay Gruden’s coaching staff, Baker had stints with Army, Georgia Tech, the San Diego Chargers, Detroit Lions, Minnesota Vikings, St. Louis Rams, Carolina Panthers, Dallas Cowboys and Cleveland Browns.
Coaching under different leadership styles and schemes, Baker has used principles from each to mold his coaching philosophy.
“3-4, 4-3, 2-gap, no 2-gap — I’ve been in the mother lode of defensive philosophies, and what it’s done is given me a chance to establish myself and look at what elements of those guys can I learn and incorporate into my own package,” he said. “That’s been a big benefit.”
Baker said it’s been an “unbelievable blessing” to lean on the various coaching influences he’s had over the years.
“Philosophically, I’ve been getting different approaches just in terms of attacking offenses from different guys,” he said. “So from a standpoint of learning the game, from the very first time with Larry Peccatiello, who’s an ex-Redskin, and Dave Adolph, guys who have been really successful coordinators. Those are the guys I started under. And obviously Jim Haslett’s been one of the most talented guys I’ve been with.”
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