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Ravens promoted Steve Spagnuolo to defensive backs coach and assistant head coach.
Spagnuolo was hired as a senior defensive assistant prior to the 2013 season. He gets a bump up for 2014 and will see an increased role when it comes to game planning. Spags has a boatload of experience as a defensive backs coach. He and coach John Harbaugh are close friends from their Eagles days. Wed, Jan 29, 2014 05:38:00 PM

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Ravens hired Steve Spagnuolo as a senior defensive assistant.

In addition to his stints as Rams head coach and defensive coordinator of the Giants and Saints, Spagnuolo coached linebackers in Philadelphia when John Harbaugh was the special teams coach. The two are close friends. Spagnuolo has coached in the NFL for 14 years. He's be little more than a sounding board as senior assistant, while learning how Baltimore's 3-4 defense operates.
Sat, May 4, 2013 09:55:00 AM

Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome has made it clear that he won't be considering retirement anytime soon.

"I work with good people. We have a blast," Newsome explained. "I don't know how much longer. I want Super Bowls. Steve (Bisciotti) and I talk about two Super Bowls and three Super Bowls. Once I get to that point, I'll start deciding." The Ravens have personnel director Eric DeCosta under contract as "GM in waiting."
Tue, Feb 7, 2012 07:14:00 PM

Ravens promoted LBs coach Dean Pees to defensive coordinator and retained Cam Cameron as offensive coordinator.

The Ravens habitually promote from within at defensive coordinator, and it's been a highly successful practice. Pees left the Patriots two years ago under a mysterious medical condition that turned out to be a bad reaction to the inhaler medication Albuterol. The Pats were the only team in the NFL to finish in the top 10 in scoring defense over Pees' four-year span as coordinator. His 2006 squad set the franchise record for points allowed. There's no reason to suspect the Ravens will suffer a falloff on defense under Pees.
Fri, Jan 27, 2012 11:16:00 AM

The Carroll County Times is hearing that LBs coach Dean Pees is "very likely" to be the Ravens' next defensive coordinator.

The Ravens usually stay in-house with their defensive bosses because they're smitten with their scheme. Pees has coordinator experience, having worked in the same role under Bill Belichick in New England from 2006 through 2009. The Ravens have a hole at the position after losing Chuck Pagano to the Colts.
Wed, Jan 25, 2012 08:08:00 PM

The Ravens announced Friday that director of player personnel Eric DeCosta has opted to stay in Baltimore.

DeCosta will not even interview with the Bears, Colts, or Rams. The Bears were considered the one job he would "strongly consider," but DeCosta has strong family ties to the Baltimore area and a loyalty to GM Ozzie Newsome and owner Steve Bisciotti. His contract calls for him to eventually succeed Newsome as general manager.
Fri, Jan 6, 2012 12:04:00 PM

After talking to NFL executives, Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times doubts that Ravens director of player personnel Eric DeCosta would leave Baltimore for the Bears GM vacancy.

NFL Network reported earlier in the day that DeCosta could be "enticed to bolt," specifically for Chicago. DeCosta's wife is from the Baltimore area, though, and he was handed an extension last offseason as Ozzie Newsome's eventual successor. Execs tell Jensen that Marc Ross of the Giants, Will Lewis of the Seahawks, Les Snead of Falcons are prime candidates to replace Jerry Angelo in the Bears' front office.
Tue, Jan 3, 2012 05:17:00 PM

Owner Steve Bisciotta confirmed that Ravens director of player personnel Eric DeCosta has been given a "nice new contract" as incentive to stay in Baltimore as GM Ozzie Newsome's successor.

"With this new agreement, I think it would take a perfect job in the perfect city in order for Eric to say he's not willing to be Ozzie's successor," explained Bisciotti. Newsome has given no indication that he's ready for retirement "anytime soon." The two have teamed up to produce one of the finest draft records in the NFL.
Wed, Mar 30, 2011 09:17:00 AM

Ravens signed head coach John Harbaugh to a contract extension through 2014.

The contract will pay him roughly $4 million annually, and is reportedly "very similar to Mike Tomlin's deal." Harbaugh is 32-16 in three regular seasons and 4-3 in the playoffs, although he's yet to take his team to the Super Bowl. The extension is still deserved. A rare special teams coordinator-turned-head coach in 2008, the 48-year-old Harbaugh has consistently put together and replenished one of the finest staffs in the NFL. He's also a favorite in the Ravens' locker room.
Mon, Feb 14, 2011 01:37:00 PM

The Ravens and head coach John Harbaugh are near agreement on a contact extension.

Entering the final year of his contract, Harbaugh is expected to make over $4 million a year in his new contract, though the length is not yet known. $4 million is obviously not chump change, but considering Harbaugh has led Baltimore to at least one road playoff victory in each of his first three years on the job, it's possible he could have gotten more.
Fri, Jan 21, 2011 08:06:00 AM

Ravens promoted secondary coach Chuck Pagano to defensive coordinator.

It should be a smooth transition to Pagano, who has a reputation for aggressiveness -- even more so than predecessor Greg Mattison. "Coach Pagano is probably the best secondary coach I've ever had," CB Fabian Washington said. "He has a great formula. You can bank on it that it's going to work. He can pick apart another team's offense. He was our third-down guy. He came up with all that stuff. He would say, ‘They're going to run this on third down,' and you could bet your bottom dollar that's what it would be."
Wed, Jan 19, 2011 09:31:00 AM

Ravens announced that DC Greg Mattison will leave for the University of Michigan's defensive coordinator position.

The Michigan job is small potatoes compared to the same position in the big leagues, but Mattison apparently relishes the opportunity to work with good friend Brady Hoke. Third-year secondary coach Chuck Pagano, well regarded in the Ravens locker room, is expected to take over as coordinator. Pagano's defensive backs have excelled at every stop in his coaching past, going back to the University of Miami with Ed Reed and Duane Starks.
Tue, Jan 18, 2011 06:13:00 PM

Ravens DC Greg Mattison has reportedly spoken with the University of Michigan about their defensive coordinator job.

Mattison is tight with new Michigan head man Brady Hoke. The two coached together under Jim Harbaugh at Western Michigan as well as under Lloyd Carr at Michigan. Secondary coach Chuck Pagano, reportedly drawing consideration for the Raiders' defensive coordinator job, would be the top candidate to replace Mattison if he leaves Baltimore.
Tue, Jan 18, 2011 03:45:00 PM

Former Patriots defensive coordinator Dean Pees will take over for Vic Fangio as the Ravens' linebackers coach.

Pees had been mentioned as a candidate to lead the defense in Denver and Buffalo after a falling out with the Pats. He and Ravens coach John Harbaugh go back to the 1900s where Pees coached Harbaugh at Miami of Ohio.
Tue, Jan 26, 2010 12:14:00 PM

According to's Don Banks, Ravens' director of player personnel Eric DeCosta declined to interview for the Seahawks' GM job because he has emerged as Ozzie Newsome's heir apparent in Baltimore.

Speculation arose last year at this time that Newsome would pursue opportunities in his home state of Alabama, but he denied that a departure was imminent. The Ravens clearly did not want to lose DeCosta to Seattle, but it's not known how long he'll be biding his time behind Newsome.
Tue, Jan 12, 2010 02:17:00 PM

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