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Ravens move Spagnuolo to secondary coach, hire Pariani as tight ends coach

The Ravens began filling the holes in their "in flux" coaching staff Wednesday by moving Steve Spagnuolo from senior defensive assistant to secondary coach and hiring Brian Pariani as tight ends coach, head coach John Harbaugh announced. Spagnuolo has also been named the team's assistant head coach. Spagnuolo, a 16-year coaching veteran, will be entering his second season as a member of Baltimore's staff and

Following Kubiak hire, rest of Ravens' offensive staff now "in flux"

After hiring Gary Kubiak as offensive coordinator and Rick Dennison as quarterbacks coach, John Harbaugh said the rest of the Ravens' staff could experience some more change going forward. The team needs to hire a group that both Harbaugh and Kubiak are comfortable working with. "It's going to be in flux a little bit. We've got the opportunity now to hire some new coaches. This

Ravens name Kubiak offensive coordinator, Dennison quarterbacks coach

The Ravens ended their thorough search for a new offensive coordinator Monday, adding two well-regarded coaches to what is starting to look to be an overhauled staff. Baltimore named former Texans head coach Gary Kubiak its third offensive coordinator in three years while adding former Houston and Denver offensive coordinator Rick Dennison as its quarterbacks coach. Kubiak and Dennison have worked on the same staff

Notes on Ravens in Pro Bowl, offensive coordinator search (another twist)

The Ravens had three of their four Pro Bowl selections participate in this year's NFL All-Star festivities Sunday, and two played significant roles for Team Deion Sanders in a 22-21 loss to Team Jerry Rice. Linebacker Terrell Suggs finished fourth on the team with five tackles while kicker Justin Tucker was 3-for-3 on PATs while going 0-for-2 on field goal tries. But it would've been

Kyle Shanahan, Jim Hostler the finalists to become Ravens offensive coordinator

The Ravens are down to two finalists in their search for Jim Caldwell's successor at offensive coordinator. Steelers running backs coach Kirby Wilson has been told he won't get the job, leaving only former Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan and Baltimore wide receivers coach Jim Hostler in the running, according to multiple reports. Shanahan, 34, spent the last four seasons leading Washington's offense, which went

Harbaugh names four offensive coordinator candidates, updates search

Coach John Harbaugh provided a detailed update on the Ravens' search for a new offensive coordinator in an interview with the team's website Tuesday. Harbaugh named Ravens wide receivers coach Jim Hostler, former Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan and former Lions offensive coordinator Scott Linehan as candidates who have already interviewed while adding that Steelers running backs coach Kirby Wilson will interview later this week.

Haloti Ngata pulls out of Pro Bowl (Austin to Lions)

Haloti Ngata won't be making his fifth Pro Bowl appearance after all. The Ravens nose tackle will sit out the NFL's All-Star festivities on Jan. 26, and will be replaced by Dallas' Jason Hatcher, the Cowboys announced Thursday. Ngata finished with 52 tackles, including 1.5 sacks, and three passes defensed in 15 games this season. He isn't missing the game because of injury, but for

Harbaugh issues statement about Ravens' search for new offensive coordinator

One day after seeing offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell leave the Ravens to become the Lions' new head coach, John Harbaugh issued a statement about the team's upcoming search for a replacement. The Baltimore coach said the team won't be limiting where it looks for its third offensive coordinator in three seasons. "We will be interviewing coaches inside and outside of the building," Harbaugh said. "We're

Kiper releases first mock draft, projects Ravens will take tight end Ebron

Mock draft season has officially arrived, even as football continues to be played and a champion has yet to be determined. ESPN draft expert Mel Kiper Jr. unveiled his initial 2014 first-round projection on Wednesday, and he has the Ravens taking North Carolina tight end Eric Ebron with the 16th overall pick. Ebron, listed at 6-foot-4 and 245 lbs., was ranked seventh on ESPN's latest

Reports: Caldwell emerges as favorite for Lions job (Caldwell hired)

Jim Caldwell could be on the cusp of returning to the NFL's head coaching ranks. The Ravens offensive coordinator has emerged as the favorite to become the Lions' new coach after Ken Whisenhunt spurned Detroit for the Tennessee job, according to multiple reports. Caldwell is said to have had a strong interview with the Lions and would bring an impressive resume with him. He went

Steve Bisciotti on 2013: "We had a lot of failures on the football field"

Finishing 8-8 and missing the playoffs for the first time in six years was enough to leave every member of the Ravens' braintrust frustrated and upset. Owner Steve Bisciotti - joining general manager Ozzie Newsome, coach John Harbaugh and president Dick Cass on the annual "State of the Ravens" panel - relayed as much on Wednesday. Bisciotti expected more this year, even if it was

Juan Castillo to return to Ravens as offensive line coach in 2014

Since the end of the Ravens' first playoffless season since 2007, the lightning rod of the coaching staff has been Juan Castillo. That's what happens when your title is run-game coordinator and the team's ground game finishes 30th in the NFL with a team record-worst 1,328 yards. It doesn't matter that Castillo has been a renowned NFL assistant for nearly two decades. Branded with that

Newsome talks top offseason priorities, more at State of the Ravens

More than on any other day of the year, Ravens management is at its most candid at the "State of the Ravens" event following each season. Unlike after the 2012 campaign when the team had five fewer weeks to plan for the following season, a panel of general manager Ozzie Newsome, owner Steve Bisciotti, coach John Harbaugh and team president Dick Cass met with the

Ravens' air attack doesn't deserve a pass for '13 (Caldwell update)

Even though the Ravens' running game drew the majority of the attention for the team's offensive struggles in 2013, the passing game can't go blameless. Baltimore ranked 18th in the NFL in passing yards, which isn't awful. But it's worse when you consider the Ravens ended eighth in attempts, necessitated by the team's inability to run the ball and some of the deficits that created.

Ravens running backs coach Montgomery will not return

The Ravens' running game was one of the worst in the NFL this season, and on Friday, the team experienced its first change toward shaking things up for 2014. Coach John Harbaugh announced that running backs coach Wilbert Montgomery will not return to the team next season. "Wilbert has decided to pursue other coaching and life opportunities," Harbaugh said in a statement. "I want to

Justin Tucker named AP first-team All-Pro

Justin Tucker's breakout season clearly went noticed outside of Baltimore. The Ravens' second-year kicker was named an AP first-team All-Pro for the first time on Friday. He was the lone Baltimore player to earn the postseason honor, making this the first time since 2009 that the Ravens had just one first-teamer. Last season, return specialist Jacoby Jones and fullback Vonta Leach were named to the

Leach unsure about whether he wants to be back with Ravens

While several of the Ravens' 13 pending free agents said they want to be back with the team, fullback Vonta Leach doesn't count himself among them. At least not yet. Leach's role diminished early in the season to the point that the former All-Pro played just two offensive snaps in Week 9, three in Week 15 and five in each of the Ravens' last two

Rumor roundup: Caldwell to interview with Lions, Redskins; Harbaugh drawing college interest

On Tuesday, coach John Harbaugh said he expected members of his staff to draw interest for openings around the league, and the calls have started to trickle in. Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell is expected to interview for head coaching openings with the Detroit Lions and Washington Redskins, according to The Sun. Caldwell just completed his second season with Baltimore and first full year as

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