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Colts finalize coaching staff, hire Alabama assistant Brian Baker as their new defensive line coach

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: OCT 12 Alabama at Texas A&M Photo by Daniel Dunn/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Colts have been looking to fill their vacant defensive line coach role, and it seems they’ve found their guy. A source close to Brian Baker, the defensive line coach at Alabama, has confirmed that Baker will be taking his talents to Indianapolis to join Frank Reich’s staff, and the Colts have made that information public.

It was initially reported by Alex Marvez that Baker was under consideration by the Colts for the job as an assistant defensive line coach, but it seems that decision has now been made and he’ll be in the top job.

This hire is not altogether surprising, as Baker worked with defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus on the Cowboys’ staff as the defensive line coach during the 2011-12 seasons. He has 20 years of coaching experience and hopefully he can come into the organization and provide a boost to a position group in need of improvement.

The Colts plan to build through the draft is contingent upon hiring coaches who can develop players and put them in their best position to win. It certainly won’t hurt that Baker’s last coaching stop was with a program that perennially turns out top defensive line talent.

He will have his work cut out for him, but there is little doubt that Chris Ballard will continue to supply him with young talent to mold. There will be plenty of opportunity to prove himself on this staff.

Additionally, we now know the role of former wide receivers coach Kevin Patulla, who will be in the position of pass game specialist. Parks Frazier, who has been Frank Reich’s assistant for two seasons will serve in the role of offensive quality control in the 2020 season.

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