According to Albert Breer of NFL.com, the Cleveland Browns have now seen their second assistant coach make a lateral move to another team. This time, it was outside linebackers coach Brian Baker, who will have the same position with new Redskins head coach Jay Gruden in Washington.
Browns OLB coach Brian Baker headed to Washington, will hold the same position with Redskins.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) January 15, 2014
All of Baker's coaching experience in the NFL prior to Cleveland came as a defensive line coach. His hiring last year added more fuel to the fire that the Browns were going to be operating out of the 3-4 defense. Cleveland's outside linebackers -- Jabaal Sheard, Paul Kruger, and Barkevious Mingo -- were supposed to be the electrifying unit of the defense, but Kruger didn't live up to his contract, Mingo didn't appear to develop much as the season went along, and Sheard kind of tapered off after his injuries. It's not a surprise that Cleveland wasn't seeking to retain him for another year.
Last week, the Browns lost defensive line coach Joe Cullen to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Cleveland doesn't seem to mind losing all of their defensive coaches, considering they granted permission to defensive coordinator Ray Horton to interview for other coordinator jobs as well:
Browns have granted permission to DC Ray Horton to interview for any available coaching positions; Doesn't have to be HC, can be lateral.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 14, 2014