The Baltimore Ravens hired Tee Martin to be their new wide receivers coach last week. Martin replaces David Culley who was hired to be the head coach of Houston Texans. Culley served as the assistant head coach, wide receivers coach and pass game coordinator for the Ravens in 2019 and 2020.
The change should be a positive for the Ravens with Martin bringing a fresh approach to the receiver position. Martin led the University of Tennessee to their only National title in 1998 and was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2000.
He spent four seasons in the NFL as a backup quarterback with the Steelers and Oakland Raiders in addition to two seasons playing in the CFL. The Ravens’ group of receivers is headlined by 2019 first-round pick Marquise Brown but also includes speedsters Devin Duvernay, James Proche and Miles Boykin.
“Tee is a natural, charismatic leader, whose bright offensive mind will benefit our young group of wideouts,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. “His history of coaching standout receivers on the collegiate level will translate well to the NFL.” Martin was the University of Tennessee wide receivers coach and pass game coordinator over the last two seasons. While at Tennessee, he coached Josh Palmer, a wide receiver that stood out at the Senior Bowl and a likely NFL draft pick in April.
The new Ravens receivers’ coach began his coaching career in 2006 as the passing game coordinator for Morehouse College in Georgia. Martin went on to become the quarterbacks’ coach for New Mexico in 2009 then, served as the wide receivers coach at Kentucky the next year where he coached Texans wide receiver Randall Cobb. Martin’s longest tenure was with USC from 2012 – 2018 where he was wide receivers coach along with passing game coordinator and offensive coordinator.
During his time at USC, Martin was the wide receivers coach for current NFL receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster; Nelson Agholor; and Robert Woods. Smith-Schuster is a pending free agent and could be a target to bolster the Ravens’ group of wideouts that is desperately in need of a consistent playmaker. There’s a possibility that Smith-Schuster and Martin could be reunited in Baltimore. Martin’s son, Amari Rodgers was a standout player last season at Clemson and is considered one of the top prospects in this year’s NFL draft class.
Rodgers would give the Ravens a weapon in the slot to replace Willie Snead who will likely be moving on in free agency. Adding Martin to the fold will undoubtedly be a plus for Baltimore’s passing game, which is desperately in need of a jolt. It will be Martin’s first coaching job in the NFL, and after spending over a decade in the college ranks, Martin is more than ready to take on the challenge.