Assessing the Baltimore Ravens 2021 NFL Coaching Staff

By Dan Vasta in Sports
| August 25, 2021 6:40 am PDT

The Baltimore Ravens and John Harbaugh have been a fun team to follow over the years due to their exceptional ability to win close games. They have always played stellar defense with great special teams.

Relying on their ground game has been a staple, but they have brought running the ball to a whole new level with Lamar Jackson.

The coaching staff has done their best to tailor their offense around Jackson, and they have seen success. While the winning has occurred in the regular season, the struggles in the postseason have been costly.

Three straight, double-digit win seasons and trips to the postseason would be a success for most franchises, but Baltimore is attempting to win another Super Bowl.

The expectations are as high as ever for the Ravens, making the job for Harbaugh and his staff a challenging one.

It is time for your Baltimore Ravens coaching staff analysis for the upcoming 2021 NFL season.

John Harbaugh – Head Coach

The amount of success one coach can have for a franchise is often determined in postseason play. Harbaugh has made the postseason nine times since 2008, making it to the Divisional Round in eight of those years.

Only four times has Harbaugh won the AFC North with Baltimore, meaning winning on the road in the postseason was mandatory to advance deep into the playoffs. Harbaugh picked up his eighth postseason road victory last season.

No other coach has ever won more postseason games on the road in NFL history.

He passed some elite company, and the hope is Baltimore can get back to playing some home games in January.

Developing the Ravens offense could get them back to a Super Bowl, a place the franchise hasn’t been to since the 2012-13 season. Harbaugh has some additions on the offense that will hopefully put them over the top though.

The AFC North will be a season-long battle since the Browns have the goods to stay in the hunt all season long. This coaching staff will have its work cut out for them, but Harbaugh has done more with less before.

Top Ravens Assistant Coaches

The staff has plenty of experience, but both coordinators’ head into the season with lofty expectations. The pressure to win is never easy, especially in the AFC North.

Building trust with players will allow an easier path to success. Greg Roman and Don Martindale are the coordinators. They will be returning for their third and fourth years, respectively, on the Ravens staff.

Greg Roman – Offensive Coordinator

The Baltimore offense has its strengths and weaknesses heading into the 2021 season. Lamar Jackson is one of the most explosive playmakers in the league but has not been a consistent passer yet.

The team needs more balance with their offensive attack. The inability to have players stretch the field and make people miss has been an issue.

The numbers and lack of consistent balance are apparent when you look at the numbers from last season.

  • 191.9 rushing yards per game (1st)
  • 171.2 passing yards per game (32nd)

For this team to fully reach its ceiling, Roman needs Jackson to become a more consistent passer.

Tight end Mark Andrews has been the only reliable target. Developing another security blanket for Jackson is a goal. This season needs to feature more of a balanced offensive attack to get to where they want to be.

Don Martindale – Defensive Coordinator

The defense was dominant in stretches thanks to the way the offense dominates at the time of possession. The number of veterans that play at the line of scrimmage is impressive. Derek Wolfe and Calais Campbell are two experienced defensive players that should help create a solid pass rush.

Martindale is an aggressive coach that plays physical man-to-man coverage with Marlon Humphrey and Marcus Peters.

Having coached in the NFL since 2004, Martindale has been instrumental to the success of Baltimore.

If the defense continues to play fast by getting off the field on third downs, it could be the perfect complement to Lamar Jackson and the offense.

Other Ravens Assistants for 2021

  • Chris Horton: Special Teams Coordinator
  • Randy Brown: Special Teams
  • Jason Brooks: Assistant Defensive Line/Quality Control
  • Richard Angulo: Assistant Offensive Line
  • Bobby Engram: Tight Ends Coach
  • Scott Elliott: Assistant Strength & Conditioning
  • Joe D’Alessandris: Offensive Line
  • Tee Martin: Wide Receivers
  • D’Anton Lynn: Defensive Backs
  • Chris Hewitt: Passing Game Coordinator/Secondary
  • Rob Ryan: Inside Linebackers
  • Sam Rosengarten: Football Performance
  • Jay Peterson: Assistant Linebackers/Quality Control
  • Steve Saunders: Head Strength & Conditioning
  • Ron Shrift: Assistant Strength & Conditioning
  • Travis Switzer: Offensive Quality Control
  • Anthony Watson: Assistant Strength & Conditioning
  • Craig Ver Steeg: Running Backs
  • James Urban: Quarterbacks
  • Anthony Weaver: Run Game Coordinator/Defensive Line
  • Keith Williams: Pass Game Specialist
  • J. Weist: Special Teams
  • Drew Wilkins: Outside Linebackers
  • Daniel Stern: Football Research
  • Scott Cohen: Director of Football Research
  • Megan McLaughlin: Director of Football Information
  • Dan Parsons: Assistant to the Head Coach

Chris Horton and Rob Ryan are two of the standout coaches that bring experience to Baltimore’s staff. Horton is in his third season as the special teams’ coach.

Ryan is the linebackers coach, and he has been around the NFL since 2000, which was when he started with New England. He has been the defensive coordinator for four separate franchises (Saints, Cowboys, Browns, Raiders).

This staff has the makings of becoming one of the better ones in the league due to a solid balance of veterans and young rising stars.

2021 NFL Season Outlook for the Ravens

The Ravens have been knocking on the door as AFC threats these past three seasons. Lamar Jackson brings a ton of excitement to the football field, but the team will continue to struggle in the postseason until they find more consistency.

The signing of Sammy Watkins and draft selection of Rashod Bateman could be what the doctor ordered.

J.K. Dobbins enters his second season as the Baltimore running back. He should make strides that limit the punishment that Jackson may take. Losing him against Buffalo in the postseason was all she wrote for that game, and his health is vital.

Harbaugh has all the pieces for a deep run in January, but the road ahead will be demanding.

Baltimore has the coaching and talent to make some noise in 2021, but what about the rest of the AFC? Have a look at some other NFL coaching staffs for the coming season.

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