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Mattison leaves Ravens for Michigan

Ravens defensive coordinator Greg Mattison has indeed pulled a Charlie Weis.

The team’s website has confirmed Mattison is leaving the Ravens for the same position at the University of Michigan.   Mattison has strong ties to Michigan coach Brady Hoke, but the move is still a surprise.

Former secondary coach Chuck Pagano will take over as defensive coordinator.

“We’re excited for our defense and for Chuck, and we’re happy for Greg Mattison,” said Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh. “I will talk more about it tomorrow when we formally announced Chuck as our new coordinator in a press conference.”

We often find out after the fact in these situations that the coach on the way out was often gently nudged to leave.  In this case, it appears that Mattison truly wanted to head back to college.

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16 Responses to “Mattison leaves Ravens for Michigan”
  1. camcameronsucks says: Jan 18, 2011 6:38 PM

    Now to get rid of the Offensive Coordinator….

  2. occamssabre says: Jan 18, 2011 6:44 PM

    “We often find out after the fact in these situations that the coach on the way out was often gently nudged to leave. In this case, it appears that Cameron truly wanted to head back to college.”

    Wish it said that instead….at least more for Cam than Mattison.

  3. tryytheeveal says: Jan 18, 2011 6:47 PM

    Unless you’re a semi, with a 2 ton winch, nobody pulls a Charlie Weis….He was a college coach for 37 years, and probably tired of the NFL drama queens…

  4. joemontanawasthegreatest says: Jan 18, 2011 6:50 PM

    The Ravens are aging badly in some key spots, it will be interesting to see how the D shapes up next year.

  5. bravin4evr says: Jan 18, 2011 6:51 PM

    Bye!!!!! Cameron needs to go to college also!!!

  6. crabcakeandfootball1 says: Jan 18, 2011 6:55 PM

    One idiot down, one remaining. Mattison didn’t understand when to blitz and Cameron doesn’t know how to run and pound the rock. This is Baltimore, not NE or GB. Our strength on offense is the run and on defense, blitz. A 10 year-old knows to blitz on a 3rd & 19 especially since the D already had 6 sacks.

  7. xtb3 says: Jan 18, 2011 7:00 PM

    Maybe he is sure there will be no NFL season?

  8. blitzburghgator says: Jan 18, 2011 7:05 PM

    When Mattison left UF for the Ravens, it was said that he was 2 years from qualifying for the NFL’s retirement package.

    Now that he put his 2 years in, he went back to where his heart evidently is….coaching kids.

    Good for him.

  9. mswravens says: Jan 18, 2011 7:23 PM

    In the end I’m pretty sure everyone will say he left voluntarily, but don’t believe it..his approach was not well received by the defense, particularly in contrast to Rex’s style. If there wasn’t so much talent on this D, it could’ve been a disaster! Like that 3rd & 19 disaster…all game long!

    …and I totally agree: one idiot down, one to go.

    Dont know much about Pagano or what to expect from him. I woulda thought Clarence Brooks might have been in the mix as well…or a more established coordinator.

    I worry about this team once Ray & his leadership retire… I’m not sold on Harbaugh yet…

  10. iselldrugstoandyreidskids says: Jan 18, 2011 10:09 PM

    O well he won’t be there long if he’s rushing 3 on 3rd and 19 against Ohio state na just kidding I like Greg but he did get a little to conservative sometimes but chuck deserves the job esspecially after the job he did with that secondary this year I mean they weren’t a shutdown unit but Jesus Christ to get that group to play as decent as they did that’s good coaching Besides he just sounds like a d coordinator-“chuck pagano”

  11. goldsteel says: Jan 18, 2011 10:43 PM

    You see Ravens fans there is hope after all.


  12. polegojim says: Jan 19, 2011 12:57 AM

    Way to Go Brady!

  13. jaypace says: Jan 19, 2011 2:03 AM

    You might see a couple more coordinators make the jump to college because of the labor situation. If there is no season coaches I think they only make like 40% of their pay. So why not coach at a big time program and get paid.

  14. faughqsahkit says: Jan 19, 2011 5:27 AM

    it appears that mattison truly wanted to get paid next year.

  15. spartaninnh says: Jan 19, 2011 12:24 PM

    @xtb3, jaypace, and faughqsahkit: Agree. Can’t really see it as surprising when pros go the college route just before an impending labor action, whatever that action might be.

    @blitzburghgator: If that’s the case, it’s even less surprising, especially when you factor in the connections between Mattison and the program he’s going to.

  16. somesome says: Jan 19, 2011 3:27 PM

    … and this is a good thing, good ridance.

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