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Redskins Hire Former Browns OLB Coach Brian Baker

The Browns are down another assistant coach on defense, and more departures are likely soon to follow.

Brian Baker, right, from when he was with the Cowboys.
Brian Baker, right, from when he was with the Cowboys.
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According to Albert Breer of, 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.

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: