Know Your Baltimore Ravens Coaching Staff

Bleacher ReportContributor IMay 19, 2009

PITTSBURGH - JANUARY 18:  Head coach John Harbaugh of the Baltimore Ravens looks on after he threw a challenge flag which over-turned a potential reception by the Pittsburgh Steelers during the AFC Championship game on January 18, 2009 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Head Coach—John Harbaugh

Former Philadelphia Eagles special teams coordinator and defensive backs coach John Harbaugh was hired as Head Coach of the Baltimore Ravens on January 19, 2008. He beat out several other candidates interviewing for the job, including the recently fired Ravens defensive coordinator Rex Ryan.

Initial response to Harbaugh's signing was mixed, as fans in Baltimore wondered if he had enough experience to lead a pro football team. Although Harbaugh achieved a wealth of success as the Eagles' special teams coordinator, he had no previous head coaching experience at the professional level.

Fan favorite Rex Ryan had been considered the likeliest choice for the position, but Harbaugh won over Ravens management with his charisma, winning attitude, and leadership potential. It didn't take Baltimore fans long to see why he was the right man for the job.

What Harbaugh lacked in experience, he made up for by surrounding himself with one of the top coaching staffs in the league. His first moves were to resign Rex Ryan as defensive coordinator and bring in Cam Cameron to run the offense.

Despite entering the season inexperienced, with a rookie quarterback, and a young, shaky offensive line, John Harbaugh led the Ravens to an 11-5 regular season record. Harbaugh led the team on a marvelous post season run that ended in a heart breaking loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Championship game.

Former Head Coach: Brian Billick

Led the Ravens to five winning seasons, one Super Bowl victory in the team's only Super Bowl appearance, four total playoff appearances, and a 5-3 playoff record

Offensive Coordinator
—Cam Cameron

One of Harbaugh's toughest choices upon taking on the head coaching position was finding someone to run the offense.

Under Brian Billick, the offense coordinator position had been a revolving door of coaches including Jim Fassel, Rick Neuheisel, Matt Cavanaugh, and even Billick himself. None of these men were able to find any consistent success on the offensive side of the ball.

Enter Cam Cameron, coming off a disastrous head coaching stay with the Miami Dolphins in which his team finished 1-15 in 2007. Despite his failure as a head coach, Cameron had an illustrious track record as offensive coordinator of the San Diego Chargers (2002-2006).

During this time, the offense broke numerous team and league records, and sent multiple players to the Pro Bowl including quarterbacks Drew Brees and Philip Rivers, running back Ladainian Tomlinson, and tight end Antonio Gates.

As offensive coordinator of the Ravens in 2008, Cam Cameron led the unit to finish 18th in the league in total offense. Cameron played to the strengths of the Ravens, choosing to run the ball early and often.

However, at times he showed flashes of his more innovative side, making use of the Wildcat formation and various reverses and trick plays.

Cameron was also integral in the development of rookie quarterback Joe Flacco.

Former offensive coordinator: Brian Billick

Unit finished 22nd in 2007, 17th in 2006, 24th in 2005, 31st in 2004, 21st in 2003, 26th in 2002, 14th in 2001, 16th in 2000, 24th in 1999 in total offense

Defensive Coordinator
—Greg Mattison

Following one of the Ravens best defensive efforts to date, coordinator Rex Ryan was offered a head coaching position by the New York Jets in 2009. Head coach John Harbaugh was faced with another large set of shoes to fill.

The decision was made to promote from in-house. The Ravens defensive assistants were all familiar with Rex Ryan's trademark scheme, one involving bizarre personnel packages, odd formations, and exotic zone blitzes.

Greg Mattison, who in 2008 served as the Ravens linebackers coach, was chosen to take over for the departed Ryan on January 26, 2009. He beat out the likes of defensive assistant Vic Fangio and defensive line coach Clarence Brooks.

Mattison is best known for his accomplishments at the collegiate level. He served as defensive coordinator of the University of Florida, Notre Dame, and Michigan. He has 37 years of coaching experience under his belt.

Former defensive coordinator: Rex Ryan

Unit finished second in 2008, sixth in 2007, first in 2006, and fifth in 2005 in total defense.

Special Teams Coordinator
—Jerry Rosburg

Head coach John Harbaugh spent the majority of his career as a special teams coordinator, and rightfully places an emphasis on strong special teams play.

Jerry Rosburg was hired by John Harbaugh as the special teams coordinator on January 30, 2008 after successful stays as the special teams coordinator with the Atlanta Falcons and Cleveland Browns.

The Baltimore Ravens finished 18th in punt return average and 31st in kick return average in 2008.

During the offseason, Rosburg and Harbaugh worked with Ozzie Newsome to bring in dual threat talents. Cornerback Chris Carr was signed via free agency and cornerback Ladarius Webb was picked in the third round of the 2009 NFL draft.

The team hopes that both players can contribute to the special teams unit as return men and help improve on the unit's 2008 performance.

Rosburg also holds the title of Assistant Head Coach.

Quarterbacks Coach
—Hue Jackson

Molding a young quarterback is as delicate and fragile a process as there is in football. It requires patience and experience, as one misstep can lead to a $30 million failed experiment.

In 2008, coach John Harbaugh placed the development of rookie Joe Flacco in the hands of Hue Jackson. Jackson previously headed the offense of the Atlanta Falcons and worked closely with Michael Vick and his understudies.

When Kyle Boller and Troy Smith went down prior to the start of the 2008 season, Joe Flacco was thrust into the starting position. Jackson was no stranger to this, as he helped tutor Joey Harrington and Byron Leftwich when Michael Vick was lost for the 2007 season in Atlanta.

Under Hue Jackson's watchful eye, Joe Flacco progressed valiantly throughout the 2008 season. By week six of his first NFL season, Flacco had thrown only one touchdown and seven interceptions. After a brilliant turnaround game against Miami in week seven, he finished the season with 2971 yards, 14 TDs, 12 INTS, and an 80.3 QB rating.

Joe Flacco won the Diet Pepsi Rookie of the Year Award at the end of the 2008 season.


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