Baltimore Ravens continue to tweak coaching staff
2/26/2021, 6 a.m.
The Baltimore Ravens have established themselves as one of the more successful franchises in the NFL. The team’s recent success continues to take a toll as members of the coaching staff have been plucked to serve roles with other franchises.
Former assistant head coach and wide receivers coach David Culley has joined to the Houston Texans to take over as the head coach. The Ravens hired Tee Martin to take over the role vacated by Culley. Martin served as a wide receiver coach for Kentucky, USC and Tennessee.
Keith Williams was also hired to be the Pass Game Specialist. Williams coached wide receivers at Nebraska from 2015- 17. His recent experience includes serving as a personal wide receivers coach for an assortment of NFL players, including Tyreek Hill and Davante Adams. He also served as the wide receivers coach for the San Antonio Commanders of the Alliance of American Football in 2019.
Former linebackers coach Mike McDonald left the Ravens to become the defensive coordinator for the University of Michigan. Ironically, he will work under Jim Harbaugh, Ravens head coach John Harbaugh’s brother.
“Mike is an excellent defensive mind who is highly respected across the NFL,” John Harbaugh said in a statement. “He has been a valuable member of the Baltimore Ravens staff, and shown a passion for teaching, coaching and developing his players. We are excited about everything that Mike brings to our defense, team and university.”
The Ravens have added Jay Peterson to be the assistant linebackers coach. Peterson joined Baltimore’s staff after most recently serving as linebackers’ coach at Wayne State. The Ravens also added veteran defensive coach Rex Ryan to serve as the inside linebackers coach.
Jason Brooks was also added as the assistant defensive line coach. Brooks joined the Ravens after most recently serving as the defensive line coach for over the last two years at Charleston Southern University.
Running backs coach Matt Weiss is the latest coach to leave the flock. Weiss left the Ravens to serve as the quarterback’s coach for the University of Michigan. He was also part of Jim Harbaugh’s staff during his time at Stanford where he worked on the defensive side of the ball and assisted with special teams.
John Harbaugh promoted long-time assistant Craig Ver Steeg to running backs coach to replace Weiss. In over 12 seasons as Harbaugh’s assistant coach, Ver Steeg has worked with running backs, quarterbacks and wide receivers.
“Craig is a highly regarded member of our staff and someone who’s served as an integral part of our offense for many years,” John Harbaugh said in a statement. “He has vast experience coaching and coordinating offenses, a thorough understanding of our schemes and techniques, and has a great relationship with our running backs. Craig is a dedicated coach and teacher who has a proven ability for getting the most out of our players.”