Matt Baker News Archive

Football Letterman's Roundtable

Matt Baker: "I feel sorry for Bryn Renner; I don’t know him personally, but he’s put in five good years here at North Carolina. He bided his time the first couple years and worked hard. I think he took every advantage of the opportunity. It’s unfortunate to have him go out like this, especially at this point in the season – coming down the final stretch of his senior year."

Football Letterman's Roundtable

Matt Baker on the play of Marquise Williams against Virginia Tech: "I thought Marquise played a solid game. I think we’re jumping a little ahead of ourselves by calling for a quarterback controversy and putting him up as the second coming. I think we’ll go with the quarterback who has the hot hand, but after that performance he certainly deserves to get some more snaps."

Football Letterman's Roundtable

Matt Baker: "We’re still playing fast, but we’re not going anywhere. It’s hurting the whole team when we play that fast and don’t get any yards with it because the defense never gets off the field and we never get any momentum going. I don’t know if there is one particular spot to point the finger. I think the coaches and players will probably echo that."

Football Letterman's Roundtable

Matt Baker: "Congratulations to these players for coming back after a lot of the nonsense that’s taken place the last couple of years, to come back with a new coaching staff and win the Coastal Division. Unfortunately what has happened the last couple of years, we can’t go. That doesn’t mean it’s any less of an accomplishment."

Letterman's Roundtable

Matt Baker - "When Bryn gets going, when Bryn gets playing, he looks really good. But, he gets off beat, that’s when you see him try to force some throws, throws into coverage. He locks onto a receiver and makes up his mind before the snap. I think when he’s in the zone, he’s great; when it’s off then the whole offense is off, that’s when you see the struggles."

Preseason Letterman's Roundtable, Part I

Matt Baker: "I think, personally, Larry Fedora’s just too competitive not to see this team give its all. Like you see in most places, the identity of the team is going to follow the head coach. I don’t think he’s going to allow them to feel sorry for themselves because they’re going to miss a bowl game. I’ve seen them say it before; it’s a 12-game season."

Buffalo Bills pick up Matt Baker

After failing to draft a QB in the draft, Buffalo picked up Matt Baker on Thursday. On Jan. 30 this year Baker inked a deal with Miami but was let go after the Dolphins drafted Michigan quarterback Chad Henne in the second round. Baker has a legitimate shot at cracking the 53-man roster as it stands now. The Bills haven't signed a veteran quarterback through free agency, and the market is extremely dry right now.

Miami Dolphins add Matt Baker

The Miami Dolphins added three players who are viewed as long shots to make the active roster. All three of the new additions - former UNC quarterback Matt Baker, offensive lineman Trey Darilek, and outside linebacker/defensive end Junior Glymph - were a part of the Cowboys organization. Baker, the former Tar Heels starter, was a member of the Cowboys practice squad in 2006. He spent last season on the Cardinals practice squad.

Saints Cut Matt Baker

The New Orleans Saints have released former UNC QB Matt Baker. Baker, who played most of the fourth quarter against the Bengals on Saturday, did okay for a player with limited time in the system. He showed good feet and a lively arm, and was signed by the Saints after Sean Payton received personal recommendations from his former Dallas teammates Tony Romo and Drew Bledsoe.

Matt Baker to take center stage

New Orleans Saints quarterback Matt Baker said getting ready for Saturday night's preseason game at Cincinnati reminds him of cramming for an economics exam back at North Carolina. "There's no time for naps and getting to bed early this week," Baker said Tuesday. "I'm just studying the play book as much as possible. You've got a whole book to learn in a week and a half. I'm pushing myself I think more than I'm asked to.

Saints sign Matt Baker

The New Orleans Saints have a fifth quarterback. Matt Baker, a former North Carolina quarterback who spent part of last season with Dallas, practiced today. He was in for a workout last week. Payton says that was when he decided he would sign Baker -- not after Sunday night's loss to Pittsburgh. To make room on the roster for Baker, the Saints waived receiver Chris Jackson.

Could Matt Baker be the next Tony Romo?

He stands 6-2. He is right-handed. He went undrafted. He can hit a golf ball a mile. One day he wants to be a starting quarterback in the NFL. In 2003, that described Tony Romo. Now that description fits for Matt Baker. Baker spent last year on the Cowboys' practice squad, and he enters this year hoping to secure a spot on the 53-man roster behind Romo and Brad Johnson.

UNC's Nebraska transfer has turned into a big bust

Joe Dailey, the Tar Heels' junior quarterback from Husker Town, hardly resembles Turner Gill. Nor, for that matter, does he resemble Matt Baker, the tackling dummy who survived inept blocking and malicious pass rushers last year to produce five Carolina wins and now works for the Dallas Cowboys.

Matt Baker Makes Cowboys' Practice Squad

Matt Baker will be an important player on the practice squad, considering the Cowboys have just two quarterbacks on the active roster. In years past, the team has used its third quarterback to run the scout team, but Baker will likely handle those duties this year.

Matt Baker finds himself in rare position

Could Matt Baker become the exception? That is, could he become just the second former North Carolina Tar Heel to play quarterback in a regular-season NFL game. "Don't bet against him," said Gary Tranquill, who coached Baker at Carolina last season. "Matt sounds like a long shot, and maybe he looks like a long shot. But that's one tough kid, and he's got plenty of talent. He's always had more talent than most people had any way of knowing."

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