ESPN is reporting that the Ravens have promoted linebacker’s coach Greg Mattison to be their new defensive coordinator. This is no surprise, as the Ravens have always been an “in-house” type team for most coaching changes, especially on the defensive side.
Mattison has been in coaching for 37 years, but last year was his first in the NFL, having been a college coach before joining the Ravens. Prior to Baltimore, he was co-coordinator/defensive line coach at the University of Florida, according to his team bio on the Ravens’ official site.
Mattison has some big shoes to fill. The Ravens have been known for their defense for the last decade. Starting with Marvin Lewis, and through Mike Nolan and Rex Ryan, Baltimore’s defensive coordinators have perenially had their units at the top of the league.
Best of luck to Coach Mattison, and may he be the next to carry the torch in the punishing purple tradition.