By JOEL COLEMAN
Mississippi State football’s defensive coaching staff is whole again. After defensive line coach David Turner left the Bulldogs to take a job at Texas A&M last week, a source confirmed to the Starkville Daily News on Monday that longtime NFL coach Brian Baker will fill Turner’s old role.
The news was first reported by Mississippi State’s Scout.com affiliate.
Baker, whose hire is expected to be officially announced by MSU later this week, has three decades worth of coaching experience. After playing collegiately as a linebacker for Maryland from 1980-83, Baker began his coaching career as a student assistant for Maryland in 1984. Since then, Baker had collegiate stops at Army and Georgia Tech.
In 1996, Baker jumped to the NFL as a defensive line coach for the San Diego Chargers. From there, Baker was employed by the Detroit Lions, Minnesota Vikings, St. Louis Rams, Carolina Panthers, Dallas Cowboys, Cleveland Browns and most recently, the Washington Redskins.
Baker spent only the 2014 season with the Redskins. He did not coach in 2015.
Baker joins an all-new defensive staff at Mississippi State under head coach Dan Mullen. Defensive Coordinator Peter Sirmon, cornerbacks coach Terrell Buckley and safeties coach Maurice Linguist were all previously hired by Mullen this offseason.
Mississippi State’s newly-constructed coaching staff and the rest of the Bulldogs will begin spring practice on March 9.