In a somewhat surprising – but nonetheless very welcome – move, Ravens’ defensive coordinator Greg Mattison decided this evening to leave Baltimore to join the Michigan Wolverines to take the same position.
While I believe Mattison was the recipient of some slightly unfair criticism during his two years as mastermind of the Ravens’ defense – his units finished #3 and #10, respectively – I’m not absolving him of his share of the blame for Saturday’s loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Divisional round of the playoffs. Mattison’s decision to use his patented 3-man rush on the 3rd-and-19 that the Steelers would ultimately convert is, in my mind, a fire-able offense on its own.
The Ravens immediately announced that secondary coach Chuck Pagano would be taking over for Mattison. Pagano, 50, has been with the Ravens since 2008. He has previously coached at the University of North Carolina (defensive coordinator), in Oakland with the Raiders (defensive backs), in Cleveland with the Browns (secondary), and at the University of Miami (defensive backs) among other stops.
Let’s hope Pagano’s first act as DC is to rip out every page from the Ravens’ defensive playbook that has the words “3-man rush” on it.
Oh, and, hey Michigan – you guys need an offensive coordinator too, riiiiiight?