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April 14, 2008 12:19 PM

Kent Baer hired at San Jose State

Posted by Bob Condotta

Former Husky defensive coordinator Kent Baer, fired at the end of last season, has found another job, landing at San Jose State as a defensive assistant according to this story here.

He'll be working there for head coach Dick Tomey, the former Arizona head coach, and alongside another former Husky assistant, Steve Morton, who was offensive line coach from 1992-98.

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Posted by amore

12:40 PM, Apr 14, 2008


Posted by Chris Miller

12:41 PM, Apr 14, 2008

I'm surprised he is jumping on another job so soon. I figured he we take this year off.

GO DAWGS!!! See you all in 12 Days Baby!

Posted by TurbineSeaplane

1:18 PM, Apr 14, 2008


San Jose State is starting to look like a "used parts bin" of "old Pac 10 components"...

Posted by old dawg

1:20 PM, Apr 14, 2008

This zooms to the top of the "truth is stranger than fiction." Forget "he is jumping on another job so soon." The mystery is what the thinking process was at SJS. Most of the recently dumped coaches go through a "wilderness experience" before getting hired anew...a la Tricky Rick and Mike Price.

Perhaps, despite their proximity to silicon valley, SJS doesn't have internet access...or perhaps they figure hiring the defensive genius would prevent future losses like '06 & '04.

Posted by 206er

1:28 PM, Apr 14, 2008

haha. they must be... happy?

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Posted by nwsurfrider

2:02 PM, Apr 14, 2008

I wonder how much celebration is happening amongst the Boise State offense as I type this.

That sound you hear is the last gasp of sound defensive gameplanning for SJS.

Posted by onewoodwacker

2:12 PM, Apr 14, 2008

I know that the immediate assumption is to say SJS is making a hugh mistake. However when you look at what Baer can do when he has the talent to implement his defenses he can be a different coach.

In his first season at Notre Dame, the 2002 Irish finished ninth nationally in scoring defense (16.69), 10th in the nation in pass efficiency (98.24) and rushing defense (95.23) and 13th in total defense (300.00).

He coached three All-Americans and two major award finalists in 2002 and was named a finalist for the Frank Broyles Award, given to the nation's most outstanding assistant coach that year.

Most guys don't just forget how to coach, they usually just get caught up in the wrong situation. I think his time at Washington was just that. I wish him the best of luck.

Posted by mattysimone

3:07 PM, Apr 14, 2008

im glad you wish him luck wood haha somebody had to do it and it was gonna be question is why did he forget how to blitz the qb? I wouldnt have hired him for a single A HS def cord! The only thing more embarrassing about his husky Defense is the hoops teams ft shooting rank this year

Posted by Locker Nation

4:38 PM, Apr 14, 2008

Jesus WEPT

Posted by Husky19

1:21 PM, Apr 15, 2008

I agree with Onewoodwacker, UW was just not a good fit. He didn't believe in his players so he didn't create a good game plan. He also couldn't adjust to the high power spread offenses of the Pac-10. Look at what team he really struggled against, Oregon, Arizona, Hawaii but he did well against more traditional teams such as Boise St, Usc, Ucla, Cal, Stanford etc...

He actually would fit well coaching a Big-10 school since they are more smash mouth, not creative type offenses. That's why Illinois had such a great season, no one there knows how to defend the spread, look at Ohio St against Urban Meyer's Florida offense?

When he was at ND, he did well because they play Usc which ironically matches up well with his defenisve philosophy and also Navy, Army plus a few smash mouth Big-10 teams. With that kind of schedule he was bound to have pretty good stats, then throw in some really talented players. It was a good match for him there with the type of team they play.

I bet if he were to coach against a schedule with teams like Texas Tech, Oregon, Hawaii, Florida, Illinois, Arizona he would struggle big time.

He will struggle in the WAC but the WAC has never been known to have good defenses so the bar is not set too high.

Also, Tomey is a defensive guy so that takes some pressure off.

Lastly, Baer was not a bad coach, he is a guy with a huge knowledge base and has coached defense longer then most of us have watched football. Just because he doesn't adjust quickly to the ever changing offenses doesn't mean he isn't a marketable defensive assistant on a College Division 1 level. I think he will do fine there at SJSU. I wish him the best of luck.

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