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Coaching Changes


The Ravens need to find a new quarterbacks coach after Hue Jackson agreed to become the Oakland Raiders’ offensive coordinator Tuesday. The team is expected to look at Jim Zorn and Al Saunders for a position that will be key in the development of second-year quarterback Joe Flacco.

Jackson did a fine job helping develop Flacco. It should be noted that Joe Flacco has the fifth most productive first two seasons in NFL history, ranking him next to players like Peyton Manning, Dan Marino and Drew Bledsoe. It wasn’t much of a surprise that Jackson would eventually move on to a coordinator position.

Who replaces him will be important, as there are some specific improvements that need to be made in the young quarterback’s game for him to step up to the next level. As per usual, John Harbaugh is mum on the subject.

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Meanwhile, the Ravens officially announced that they hired former New England Patriots defensive coordinator Dean Pees as their linebackers coach. Pees replaces Vic Fangio, who was not retained after one season in that role.

In four seasons with Pees as coordinator, the Patriots’ defense always ranked among the stingiest, never giving up more than 20 points per game in any season. Pees, 60, chose not to return to New England after his contract expired Jan. 14.

Pees has an interesting connection with Harbaugh. In 1983, he was the defensive coordinator and secondary coach at Miami of Ohio, where Harbaugh played defensive back.

This was a less publicized move but interesting since Fangio has been with the team since 2006. He was a special assistant to the head coach, has worked with the defense and this past season specifically the linebackers. Fangio has had three other stops in the NFL as a Defensive Coordinator in Indianapolis, Houston and Carolina.

I’m just curious as to why he wasn’t asked back. Was there an issue of some type or was Fangio simply interested in a new opportunity?

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