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Tag:Greg Mattison
Posted on: January 27, 2012 12:00 pm
 

Pees promoted by Ravens, Cameron gets extension

Dean Pees and Cam Cameron will coordinate Baltimore in 2012. (US Presswire)
By Will Brinson

The Ravens suffered a big loss when defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano left the team to take the Colts head coaching position, but they didn't waste any time filling the role as John Harbaugh announced on Friday that linebackers coach Dean Pees would replace Pagano as defensive coordinator. Harbaugh also announced that much-maligned offensive coordinator Cam Cameron would stay with the team and receive an extension.

As we've previously noted, defensive coaches promoted by the Ravens tend to do OK later in life: four of their five defensive coordinators (with the exception of just Greg Mattison) have gone on to head-coaching jobs.

"It’s an incredible opportunity to be a defensive coordinator for anybody in this league, but it’s especially humbling to be one for the Ravens,” Pees said Friday. “I’m not going to be the same as Chuck Pagano. You got to be who you are."

Cameron's situation is a more surprising. The Ravens ranked 12th in points scored in the NFL in 2011 and 15th in yards. They finished 10th in rushing yards in 2011 but only 19th in passing yards. That's not necessarily a bad thing, though, especially considering how run-heavy their offense was at times.

Bigger concerns involve the play-calling, which was odd at times during the season, to say the least. But Harbaugh likes what he saw apparently.

"Cam has been our offensive coordinator, will continue to be our offensive coordinator," Harbaugh said Friday. "I think our coaches did a tremendous job this year."

The truth is the Ravens were just one Lee Evans foot (on a great throw by Joe Flacco) away from the Super Bowl. If Evans taps his toe before the ball's knocked out of his hands, we're not even having this conversation yet.

Harbaugh didn't provide any specifics about the nature of Cameron's extension on Friday. And he doesn't really need to unless it's a blockbuster of some sorts: Cameron will likely remain under scrutiny in 2011. Just like Flacco.

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Posted on: January 18, 2011 6:05 pm
Edited on: January 18, 2011 6:35 pm
 

Looks like the Ravens will have a new DC in 2011

Posted by Andy Benoit

UPDATED 6:35 p.m. EST: The Ravens have announced that Greg Mattison is headed to Michigan. He will be repalced by secondary coach Chuck Pagano.

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Just days after being eliminated by the hated Steelers, the Ravens must find a new defensive coordinator. Multiple media outlets are reporting that Greg Mattison is electing to return to the college ranks, this time as the defensive czar at Michigan.

Mattison had been Baltimore’s linebacker coach before assuming coordinator duties after Rex Ryan took the Jets head coaching job in 2009. Under Mattison, the Ravens became a little less complex and aggressive, though they still ranked third in points allowed in both of his seasons.

As was the case last time they needed a new D coordinator, Baltimore is filling the position with an in-house replacement. According to NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora, secondary coach Chuck Pagano would get the nod. Pagano was a candidate for the Raiders defensive coordinator job. He has been in the NFL for nine years and joined the Ravens in 2008.

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Posted on: November 12, 2010 10:01 pm
 

Ravens defense not up to snuff

Baltimore safety D. Landry, seen here getting run over by Atlanta's J. Snelling for a touchdown, was one reason Baltimore's defense underperformed Thursday (US Presswire).

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The Ravens defense, last seen allowing a last-minute, game-winning, 80-yard drive to Matt Ryan and the Falcons on Thursday night, is so damn unimpressive, the Baltimore Sun wrote two articles about it today.

Here’s the first, and here’s the second.

Some people might blame second-year defensive coordinator Greg Mattison as one reason why the Ravens have given up six fourth-quarter leads this season, but if you look at last season – Mattison’s first as the DC – Baltimore ranked third in yards allowed (300.5 yards per game) and third in scoring (16.3 points).

The Ravens, it should be noted, rank 11th and eighth, respectively, this season. Which, you know, doesn’t put them in line for worst defense ever.

As Sun columnist Mike Preston sees it, however, the problem is a lack of talent. And he might be on to something. Baltimore has LB Ray Lewis, DT Haloti Ngata, S Ed Reed and LB Terrell Suggs. And who else exactly?

The secondary, meanwhile, continues to struggle badly, and the Ravens have a tough time rushing the passer (entering Thursday’s game, they ranked tied for 22nd with only 14 sacks on the season).

Writes Preston:

So if you blitz, your cornerbacks are exposed. If you don't, then a quarterback such as Tom Brady or Peyton Manning will pick you apart given time. It's basically a no-win situation, but it's not like we all didn't know this going into training camp.

Certainly, there is a real concern here about how far the Ravens can go in the postseason facing a potential quarterback list of Brady, Manning, Ben Roethlisberger and Philip Rivers. Just like Atlanta rolled out a spread formation, so will these other teams. I suspect that once the criticism of Mattison dies down, some will be directed at general manager Ozzie Newsome.


For all this talk about how the Ravens are Super Bowl contenders, it makes it difficult to believe those proclamations if their defense continues to falter. Obviously, they’ve got wonderful receivers, a sturdy quarterback and running back dynamo. Offense isn’t the problem.

But what’s been so dominant the past decade in Baltimore is, right now, the unit that could kill its chances for a deep postseason run.

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