The 2023 season is officially dead. Long live the 2023 season.
In the first bit of offseason news that puts an end to the magic of Mizzou’s 11-2 campaign, Defensive Coordinator Blake Baker is reportedly leaving the program to take the same job at Louisiana State University.
#LSU is expected to hire Missouri defensive coordinator Blake Baker, sources tell The Advocate. He has Louisiana ties and coached linebackers at LSU in 2021. Baker was not retained during the coaching change then, but now he’ll return as the next DC.https://t.co/e3sFeiPwDk— Wilson Alexander (@whalexander_) January 6, 2024
In two seasons with the Tigers, Baker’s defenses ranked 19th and 14th in defensive SP+, respectively. This compared to 2021, when the Tigers finished 97th in SP+ under now San Francisco 49ers DC Steve Wilks. Baker’s defenses came to be known for their havoc-inducing style, dialing up creative blitzes early and often. Baker also coached up defensive backs like Ennis Rakestraw, Kris Abrams-Draine and Jaylon Carlies, all of whom have declared for the NFL draft and are expected to be picked.
It’s a tough pill to swallow for Eli Drinkwitz, who will now be hiring his fourth defensive coordinator in five seasons on the job. We’ll be sure to keep a close eye on who will be moving in and out following Baker’s departure.