Ravens promote Spagnuolo, hire Pariani

Ravens promote Spagnuolo, hire Pariani
January 29, 2014, 4:15 pm
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The Ravens officially filled two other coaching staff positions on Wednesday, naming Steve Spagnuolo to coach the secondary, and Brian Pariani as tight ends coach.

Spagnuolo spent the 2013 season as a Ravens special assistant. His is a former NFL head coach with the St. Louis Rams, and he was the Giants’ defensive coordinator in 2007 when they won the Super Bowl. Spagnuolo replaces Teryl Austin, who left the Ravens recently to become the Lions defensive coordinator under Jim Caldwell.

“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?” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said in a team statement. “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 spent the past eight years as the Texans’ tight ends coach while serving under Gary Kubiak who was named the Ravens’ offensive coordinator on Monday. Pariani was expected to join the Ravens staff once they hired Kubiak.

“Brian has earned a reputation as one of the NFL’s top tight ends coaches, and we’re excited that he was available and willing to join us,” Harbaugh said. “Another factor that immediately makes him valuable to us is his familiarity with the offense we want to run. We are making changes on offense, and Brian will be able to help teach and implement them.”

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