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Ravens move Steve Spagnuolo to secondary coach


The Ravens continue to adjust their coaching staff, and have given a former NFL head coach new job description.

The team announced the hiring of tight ends coach Brian Pariani, and that Steve Spagnuolo had been moved from senior defensive assistant to secondary coach.

Spagnuolo was in the consultant role last year after getting washed out in New Orleans, where the defense he coordinated set a league record for yards allowed. The former Rams head coach was already familiar with the Ravens personnel, making it an easy switch to replace Teryl Austin (who left to become Jim Caldwell’s defensive coordinator in Detroit).

“How fortunate are we to have a former NFL head coach, former defensive coordinator and secondary coach become the Ravens’ coach for our defensive backs?” head coach John Harbaugh said in the team’s release. “Steve is one of the outstanding teachers in the NFL, and he already worked with our defensive staff and players last season as a senior assistant. Our players respect him, and a number of our veteran defensive backs recently said to me that they wanted Steve to coach them.”

Pariani replaces Wade Harman, who had been with the team since 1999, as part of the offensive shakeup. He had coached tight ends alongside new offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak in Houston and Denver.


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23 Responses to “Ravens move Steve Spagnuolo to secondary coach”
  1. crownofthehelmet says: Jan 29, 2014 3:33 PM

    We should confirm this report. Not sure if Harbs got Steve’s “OK” to make this coaching change.

  2. coachjohnharbaugh says: Jan 29, 2014 3:38 PM

    what a boss move for a boss franchise

    this is why we are reigning, defending & the rest of you aren’t

  3. joe3001 says: Jan 29, 2014 3:40 PM

    I think what Harbaugh really means is:

    “How fortunate was Steve to have that D-Line he had w/ the Giants in 2007? Those guys earned him a lot of money. Now he’s back where he belongs in the NFL, as a position coach.”

  4. Nofoolnodrool says: Jan 29, 2014 3:41 PM

    Desperate moves by a desperate team. This guy keeps stepping down the coaching ladder and will be in charge of the Gatorade baths for Harbag next.

  5. dboys6 says: Jan 29, 2014 3:45 PM

    Ravens make coaching changes and its “adjustments”. But the cowboys make coaching changes and its a “shake up” a “lack of consistency” a “fire the GM” a “dysfunction”. Unbelievable

  6. jwh8541 says: Jan 29, 2014 3:46 PM

    Spagsasm is the real life reverse Peter Principle;
    Eventually he’ll get demoted to his level of incompetence.

  7. thepftpoet says: Jan 29, 2014 3:47 PM

    Hiring a coach who led the worst historical defense in terms of yards giving up of all team… To lead your defense?

    Great logic.

  8. jwh8541 says: Jan 29, 2014 3:48 PM

    BTW coachjohnharbaugh your team is reigning not defending. your team is home with 30 others.

  9. Nofoolnodrool says: Jan 29, 2014 3:57 PM

    BTW coachjohnharbaugh your team is reigning not defending. your team is home with 30 others.

    Please don’t confuse coach anymore with all the moves going on his head is spinning faster his mommas spin cycle. And coach your reign is ending on Sunday so yuk it up while can.

  10. crownofthehelmet says: Jan 29, 2014 4:03 PM

    By the end of the season, Biscotti will be down on the sidelines gametime, watching over JH.

  11. tcostant says: Jan 29, 2014 4:06 PM

    Spags will be the NY Giants next head coach. You heard it here first.

  12. coachjohnharbaugh says: Jan 29, 2014 4:09 PM

    this move guarantees i win yet another super bowl 1 year from now


  13. crownofthehelmet says: Jan 29, 2014 4:21 PM

    Big Ben and Antonio Brown will be responsible for this guy loosing his job.

  14. nealduplantis says: Jan 29, 2014 4:23 PM

    In 2012 on that Horrible defense:
    Pass defense: rank 31 293 ypg
    Looks as though he made a great impact in the pass game, didn’t finish last!

  15. The League's Crusade Against The Steelers Continues says: Jan 29, 2014 4:23 PM

    LOL, wow! Are you serious? This is getting downright pathetic.

  16. getyourownname says: Jan 29, 2014 4:24 PM

    Lots of Steeler trolls today. They doth protest too much. Maybe they are just worried what Kirby told the Ravens when interviewing.

  17. Nofoolnodrool says: Jan 29, 2014 4:25 PM

    this move guarantees i win yet another super bowl 1 year from now


    So what position did you play to be able to say another Super Bowl. I mean outside of your dreams you know like in real life.

  18. coachjohnharbaugh says: Jan 29, 2014 4:31 PM

    our PR guy revealed to all of you steelers fans on our team website that kirby wilson had spent 6 hours interviewing with my DEFENSIVE coaches breaking down pittsburgh’s power run game…LOL

  19. taosravenfan says: Jan 29, 2014 4:32 PM

    What is hilarious is all the troll Steeler fans comments. Spags got the NY job because of the job he did in Philly. He is responsible for Coughlin not getting fired once the defense came together. N.O. was a train wreck. Comes under the heading of stuff happens.

    Guy runs an attacking aggressive defense and I for one am glad he is available to replace Teryl Austin.

    As for the Cowgirl fans comment. The difference is that we didn’t add 30 cooks to the same stew. We replaced people who left for job upgrades. Let’s see in the NFL and CF there are no less than 8 head coaches that come from the Raven tree.

    Tell me, how many Cowboy coaches go to upgrades. And don’t count Zimmer. Your idiot owner fired him.

    So to Crown and FooleyDrooley – we’ll see you next year for resumption of the best rivalry in football. That is unless Ben breaks down again or Tomlin tries to tackle a KR.

  20. asseenonokra says: Jan 29, 2014 5:11 PM

    Saints had the worst defense ever under Spags. Rob Ryan shaped those same players into a top 5 defense.

  21. steelcurtainn says: Jan 29, 2014 5:12 PM

    Spagnuolo to the swish cheese b-more secondary. Big Ben and Antonio Brown are going to have a field day.

  22. ravenswhat says: Jan 29, 2014 5:50 PM

    So they promote Castillo and Spags despite disastrous results their last few years in the league? Wtf is going on in ravens land Johnny?

  23. Joemontanaflacco says: Jan 30, 2014 5:25 PM

    I’m glad all the jealous little Steelers trolls are so obsessed with the Ravens. Maybe they want us to be impressed that they traded an 8-8 running backs coach for one that went 5-10-1? Unfortunately, we just think it’s really sad.

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