Former Panthers defensive line coach Brian Baker has decided to accept the defensive line coach job in Dallas, after just over a month on the job at the University of North Carolina.
Baker called the decision "a hard one," and that he "really fell for," the staff and players at UNC. But ultimately, the excitement over the chance to join the Cowboys staff nearly caused him to accept the job immediately.
The job was offered last week, but he asked for time to help UNC complete its recruiting class.
Baker said he's never worked with Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan or coached in a 3-4, but he does have a broad base of experience.
He's coached 15 years in the NFL, with stops in San Diego, Detroit and Minnesota in addition to the last two years on the Panthers staff.
-- Darin Gantt