EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Angela Baker has joined the Giants' coaching staff as the inaugural recipient of the Rosie Brown Minority Coaching Fellowship. Baker will be the offensive quality control coach.
Baker becomes the second woman to join Brian Daboll’s staff. Laura Young is the team's director of coaching operations.
"(I) did an interview with her over Zoom," Daboll said yesterday at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis. "Just very impressive. A former player for six or seven years as a slot receiver. Very knowledgeable. I thought she'd be a very good addition to our staff."
The fellowship is named in honor of Rosie Brown, one of the greatest players and arguably the best offensive lineman in Giants history. A member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame class of 1975, Brown played for the Giants from 1953 through 1965 after joining the team as a 27th round draft choice from Morgan State. He was a starting tackle for 13 consecutive seasons, a period when he was named to nine Pro Bowls and selected All-NFL eight consecutive seasons. Brown helped the Giants win the NFL title in 1956 and advance to the championship game in 1958, 1959, 1961, 1962 and 1963. He was immediately named assistant line coach by the Giants after a phlebitis condition forced him to retire in 1966. Brown continued his Giants affiliation as a scout from 1971 until his death on June 9, 2004.
Daboll also hired Cade Knox as an offensive assistant/game manager.
View photos of the 2022 New York Giants coaching staff, led by Head Coach Brian Daboll.
Baker spent the 2021 season at the University of Redlands in California, where she helped coach the kickers and punters and was a defensive quality control coach.
In the spring of 2020, Baker spent three weeks with the Cleveland Browns coaching staff as part of the NFL's Bill Walsh Diversity Coaching Fellowship program. She was one of six aspiring coaches, including two women, to join the Browns' staff as part of the fellowship. The fellows participated in the team's offseason practices, which were limited to virtual meetings because of the pandemic.
Baker worked with Cleveland's quarterbacks, including Baker Mayfield, by analyzing film, studying the playbook and identifying weaknesses of the team's quarterback play. She also learned coaching techniques from offensive coordinator Alex Van Pelt. Baker specifically addressed team unity and cohesiveness through technology interactions amidst the pandemic.
Baker was a seven-time Women's Football Alliance (WFA) All-American while competing for the Pittsburgh Passion Women's Professional Football Team. The full-contact football squad won the Independent Women's Football League National Championship in 2014 and 2015 and she was named the National Conference Offensive Player of the League in 2016.
After a three-year hiatus from school, Baker graduated from Slippery Rock University with a B.S. in physical activity and fitness management and a minor in coaching.
The Club Coaching Fellowship Program gives minorities who hope to coach in the NFL an opportunity to work full-time on a team's staff for one or two seasons. Offensive quality control coaches have regular and direct contact with the head coach, offensive coordinator (Mike Kafka) or quarterbacks coach (Shea Tierney).
Knox spent the 2020 season with the Giants as a football data and innovation intern.
Daboll was asked if Knox's promotion is an indication he will "lean" on analytics.
"We used that heavily (in Buffalo)," Daboll said of his stint as the Bills' offensive coordinator. "It's a part of the process. It's a tool to use. As a Harvard graduate who played quarterback and moved to receiver, (Knox) was working in the analytics room. I'd say we have a number of people back there who are highly, highly intelligent in that area who were there before me. I sat down and talked to a variety of them. Cade played quarterback, played receiver, very, very smart, so he'll be up in the box during the game. He'll have a headset on.
"You do a lot of planning. (Game management decisions) are not spur of the moment. What we did in Buffalo is similar to what we'll do here, Friday meetings and Thursday meetings on a lot of different situations and scenarios that come up. You never know when they're going to come up and you have to make split-second decisions. It's always good to have a voice that is there with you in the heat of the process when you are doing other things, too. He is an impressive young man."
Knox is a 2020 graduate of Harvard, where he earned a bachelor's degree in psychology and was a wide receiver on the football team.
Knox is a native of Phoenix, where he was all-section honorable mention at quarterback and defensive back at Brophy College Prep.