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Brian Baker
Defensive Line
College:
Maryland
Experience:
15

Bio

Coaching
Brian Baker's enthusiastic and animated style of coaching made an immediate impact during his first season with Carolina in 2009. Despite an unsettled situation at the left defensive tackle position for much of the year, Baker developed a line that was productive and efficient. The defensive line was responsible for 24.5 of the team's 31 sacks as the Panthers finished 17th in the league in sacks per pass play. That pass rush provided the impetus for a pass defense that ranked fourth in the NFL in both passing yards and percentage of passes intercepted.

A veteran of 14 seasons as an NFL assistant and 12 as a college coach – including 11 in the Atlantic Coast Conference – Baker came to the Panthers following three years with the St. Louis Rams. In 2008, he presided over a Rams defensive line that accounted for 20 of the team’s 30 sacks and ranked 11th in the NFL in sacks per pass play. During the 2006 season, Baker coached defensive end Leonard Little, who tied for fifth in the league with 13 sacks, and defensive tackle La'Roi Glover, who collected 5.5 sacks - the sixth most by a defensive tackle in the NFC.

Prior to joining St. Louis, Baker spent five years with the Minnesota Vikings, serving as defensive line coach in 2001 and 2004-05 and linebackers coach from 2002-03. He was instrumental in the development of defensive tackle Kevin Williams, who made the Pro Bowl and earned Associated Press All-Pro honors in 2004. That season, Williams led all NFL defensive tackles with 11.5 sacks and teamed with defensive end Lance Johnstone to give the Vikings the third-most prolific sack tandem in the league with 22.5.

From 1997-2000, Baker tutored the defensive line of the Detroit Lions. Under his direction those four years, the Lions defensive line tallied 120.5 sacks, and two defensive linemen were selected to the Pro Bowl: defensive end Robert Porcher in 1997 and 1999 and defensive tackle Luther Elliss in 1999 and 2000. Baker’s 1998 and 1999 units finished fifth and sixth, respectively, in the league in sacks per pass play, and in 1999 Porcher recorded 15 sacks, the fourth-highest total in team history.

Baker made his NFL coaching debut as defensive line coach for the San Diego Chargers in 1996 after working on the college level for 12 years, beginning in 1984 as outside linebackers coach at his alma mater, Maryland. Next, he went to Army as fullbacks coach in 1986. Baker then moved to Georgia Tech, where he coached outside linebackers from 1987-95, adding defensive coordinator responsibilities in 1995. He contributed to the staff that helped the Yellow Jackets win the National Championship as the nation’s only unbeaten team with an 11-0-1 record in 1990.

Playing and Personal
Baker played outside linebacker at Maryland from 1981-83 and helped the Terrapins win the Atlantic Coast Conference in 1983. A native of Baltimore, Md., he earned his degree in marketing from Maryland in 1985.

History
Linebacker Maryland 1981-83. College coach: Maryland 1984-85, Army 1986, Georgia Tech 1987-95. Pro coach: San Diego Chargers 1996, Detroit Lions 1997-2000, Minnesota Vikings 2001-05, St. Louis Rams 2006-08, joined Panthers in 2009.

Coaching
Brian Baker's enthusiastic and animated style of coaching made an immediate impact during his first season with Carolina in 2009. Despite an unsettled situation at the left defensive tackle position for much of the year, Baker developed a line that was productive and efficient. The defensive line was responsible for 24.5 of the team's 31 sacks as the Panthers finished 17th in the league in sacks per pass play. That pass rush provided the impetus for a pass defense that ranked fourth in the NFL in both passing yards and percentage of passes intercepted.

A veteran of 14 seasons as an NFL assistant and 12 as a college coach – including 11 in the Atlantic Coast Conference – Baker came to the Panthers following three years with the St. Louis Rams. In 2008, he presided over a Rams defensive line that accounted for 20 of the team’s 30 sacks and ranked 11th in the NFL in sacks per pass play. During the 2006 season, Baker coached defensive end Leonard Little, who tied for fifth in the league with 13 sacks, and defensive tackle La'Roi Glover, who collected 5.5 sacks - the sixth most by a defensive tackle in the NFC.

Prior to joining St. Louis, Baker spent five years with the Minnesota Vikings, serving as defensive line coach in 2001 and 2004-05 and linebackers coach from 2002-03. He was instrumental in the development of defensive tackle Kevin Williams, who made the Pro Bowl and earned Associated Press All-Pro honors in 2004. That season, Williams led all NFL defensive tackles with 11.5 sacks and teamed with defensive end Lance Johnstone to give the Vikings the third-most prolific sack tandem in the league with 22.5.

From 1997-2000, Baker tutored the defensive line of the Detroit Lions. Under his direction those four years, the Lions defensive line tallied 120.5 sacks, and two defensive linemen were selected to the Pro Bowl: defensive end Robert Porcher in 1997 and 1999 and defensive tackle Luther Elliss in 1999 and 2000. Baker’s 1998 and 1999 units finished fifth and sixth, respectively, in the league in sacks per pass play, and in 1999 Porcher recorded 15 sacks, the fourth-highest total in team history.

Baker made his NFL coaching debut as defensive line coach for the San Diego Chargers in 1996 after working on the college level for 12 years, beginning in 1984 as outside linebackers coach at his alma mater, Maryland. Next, he went to Army as fullbacks coach in 1986. Baker then moved to Georgia Tech, where he coached outside linebackers from 1987-95, adding defensive coordinator responsibilities in 1995. He contributed to the staff that helped the Yellow Jackets win the National Championship as the nation’s only unbeaten team with an 11-0-1 record in 1990.

Playing and Personal
Baker played outside linebacker at Maryland from 1981-83 and helped the Terrapins win the Atlantic Coast Conference in 1983. A native of Baltimore, Md., he earned his degree in marketing from Maryland in 1985.

History
Linebacker Maryland 1981-83. College coach: Maryland 1984-85, Army 1986, Georgia Tech 1987-95. Pro coach: San Diego Chargers 1996, Detroit Lions 1997-2000, Minnesota Vikings 2001-05, St. Louis Rams 2006-08, joined Panthers in 2009.

 

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