According to Steve Reed of the Gaston Gazette, via BloggingTheBoys.com, the Dallas Cowboys may have expressed interest in offering the defensive line coach gig to former Panthers’ assistant Brian Baker, who was announced about a month ago as the d-line coach of the UNC Tarheels.
Prior to signing on with UNC, Baker had served two years overseeing the defensive line of the Carolina Panthers under John Fox. When Fox departed at the end of the season, however, Baker left with him. According to Reed’s report, the Cowboys have been in contact with Baker for some time now:
Sources said the Cowboys first made contact with Baker shortly after his contract expired with the Panthers. Baker called the Panthers out of respect, saying he was considering interviewing with the Cowboys. At that point the Panthers got into the mix, trying to convince Baker to return to join new head coach Ron Rivera’s staff, and some within the organization felt like he would come back in the same capacity.
The position of defensive line coach has remained vacant since Paul Pasqualoni departed to take the head coaching gig with the University of Connecticut. Pasqualoni served only one season in that capacity with Dallas, and was promoted to interim defensive coordinator when Wade Phillips was fired after a 1-7 start.
Baker has 15 years of experience as an NFL assistant, with stints in San Diego, Detroit, Minnesota, St. Louis and, of course, Carolina. Prior to that, he served 11 years as an assistant with the Universities of Maryland and Georgia Tech.
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