Ravens hire former Rams coach Spagnuolo as senior defensive assistant

The Ravens added one of the NFL’s most respected defensive minds to their coaching staff Friday when they hired former Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo.

Spagnuolo will serve as a senior defensive assistant under coordinator Dean Pees. He has spent 14 years as an NFL coach, with his last three jobs being Saints defensive coordinator (2012), Rams head coach (2009-11) and Giants defensive coordinator (2007-08).

He has extensive familiarity with Ravens coach John Harbaugh from their seven seasons together on the Eagles staff.

Spagnuolo has been a part of eight playoff teams, six division title winners, five conference championship game appearances and the Giants’ Super Bowl XLII victory.

“Steve had a number of opportunities in the league right now, and we’re excited he picked the Ravens,” Harbaugh said in a statement. “He comes to a staff that we believe is very strong, and he makes us even better. His wealth of NFL coaching experience speaks for itself, and he’ll help us across the board. We think he can help with every position on the defense, and we’ll take full advantage of his knowledge and excellent teaching abilities. The Ravens got better today with the addition of an outstanding coach and person like Steve.”

This isn’t the first addition to the 2013 staff from Harbaugh’s Eagles days. Baltimore hired longtime Philadelphia assistant Juan Castillo to be its running game coordinator.