Brian Baker confirmed to the Charlotte Observer on Tuesday that he has signed on to become the defensive line coach for the Dallas Cowboys after a stay of just around a month with the University of Carolina. Baker spent the past two seasons coaching the defensive line of the Carolina Panthers under John Fox, but became a casualty of the regime change when Fox was let go.
The news confirms reports from around a week ago that Dallas had contacted the 15-year NFL coaching veteran about the position. Baker reportedly wanted to stay in North Carolina through national signing day (February 2), and though he described the decision as “a hard one,” ultimately decided to seize on the opportunity to return to the NFL.
As a member of the Cowboys’ staff, Baker will help new defensive coordinator Rob Ryan install his brand of the 3-4 defense. Before his two-year stint with the Panthers, Baker spent time with San Diego, Detroit and Minnesota.
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