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Ravens finalize coaching staff, promoting five assistants

Ravens head coach John Harbaugh finalized several changes to his coaching staff Wednesday, promoting five members from last season's staff and officially announcing the hiring of former Chicago Bears tight end coach Andy Bischoff.

Bischoff, 44. was hired as an offensive quality control coach, reuniting with new Ravens offensive coordinator Marc Trestman, whom he worked with in Chicago and with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League. Bischoff replaces Jay Harbaugh, John's nephew, who earlier this month became the tight ends coach at the University of Michigan under his father, Jim.

Chris Hewitt, an assistant to Steve Spagnuolo last season, was promoted to secondary coach after Spagnuolo left to become the defensive coordinator of the New York Giants. The 40-year old Hewitt, who played three seasons as a defensive back for the New Orleans Saints, has been on Harbaugh's staff since 2012, when he was hired to be an assistant special teams coach.

Richard Angulo, a former...

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Towson cornerback Tye Smith invited to NFL scouting combine

When invitations were sent out to draft prospects for the NFL scouting combine, Towson All-American cornerback Tye Smith was happy to find out he's on the list.

Behind the strength of a good week at the East-West Shrine all-star game and growing buzz among NFL scouts, Smith will join Towson defensive end Ryan Delaire at the combine in February at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. This marks the second consecutive year that Towson may have a player drafted after running back Terrance West was selected in the third round last spring by the Cleveland Browns.

"My reaction is it was kind of surreal to find out that I'm going to the combine," Smith told The Baltimore Sun in a telephone interview. "It's something I've been working for ever since I was younger. I've worked hard for this, and my hard work is starting to be noticed. Terrance being drafted and doing well in the NFL opens some doors."

During the East-West game earlier this month, Smith turned heads with his coverage skills as he...

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Ravens considering former Bears assistant Andy Bischoff as offensive assistant, sources say

The Ravens are expected to hire former Chicago Bears tight ends coach Andy Bischoff as an offensive assistant, according to sources with knowledge of the situation.

Bischoff coached the Bears tight ends for the past two seasons and has long-standing ties to new Ravens offensive coordinator Marc Trestman. Bischoff worked under Trestman in Chicago and previously with the Montreal Alouettes in the Canadian Football League.

Bischoff spent 14 years as an assistant head coach and offensive line coach at Cretin-Derham Hall in St. Paul, Minn., before being tabbed by Trestman to join him with the Alouettes.

During his time at Cretin-Derham Hall, the high school went 168-22 with one state title and 13 playoff appearances. Bischoff helped develop 18 Division I offensive linemen, including NFL offensive lineman Ryan Harris.

Among the prominent former Cretin-Derham Hall players: former Ravens Pro Bowl center Matt Birk, former Carolina Panthers quarterback Chris Weinke, former Dallas Cowboys...

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Disappointing season has Ravens' Matt Elam looking for improvement

Standing at his locker at the close of another disappointing individual season, Ravens strong safety Matt Elam was at a loss for words as he reluctantly discussed his status heading into a pivotal offseason.

The 2013 first-round pick after a consensus All-American career at Florida lost his starting job midway through the season despite being shifted from free safety back to his natural strong safety position during the offseason. Elam wound up starting 11 of 16 games, but he finished with just 47 tackles, a half-sack, zero interceptions, five pass deflections and a forced fumble.

"I just want to improve my game and get better at small things and get consistent for the most part," Elam said. "I feel like did well. I improved toward the end of the year. I got better at small things. It helped me stay consistent."

That wasn't exactly the case, though. Elam led the Ravens with 16 missed tackles during the regular season. And Elam allowed New England Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola...

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Five questions with former Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis

Since he retired in February 2013 after the Ravens'Super Bowl XLVII victory over the San Francisco 49ers, Ray Lewis hasn't had any problems keeping busy.

The former Ravens middle linebacker's latest project is a Spike TV series called “Coaching Bad,” which features nine coaches who are trying to get their anger management issues under control. Lewis and Dr. Christian Conte, an anger management specialist, put together a comprehensive program to try to help coaches change their ways.

The show, which premiers Feb. 8, will include a guest appearance from former Ravens defensive coordinator and current Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano.

Lewis spoke to The Baltimore Sun on Monday to promote the television series, discuss how his post-playing career has evolved and to give his thoughts on the 2014 Ravens.

Why is the premise of “Coaching Bad,” helping to reform youth coaches with anger issues, so important to you?

Lewis: “They have a real impact, and I lived it. Kids learn what...

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Ravens' Elvis Dumervil has two sacks for winning team in Pro Bowl

During the regular season, Ravens outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil relentlessly harassed quarterbacks and finished the year with 17 sacks.

Dumervil maintained his pass-rushing form in Sunday night's Pro Bowl. He had the only two sacks of the game as his Team Irvin defeated Team Carter, 32-28, at University of Phoenix Stadium.

Dumervil finished with six tackles, including five solos, as he and offensive guard Marshal Yanda's Pro Bowl squad beat a team coached by John Harbaugh that included Ravens running back Justin Forsett and rookie inside linebacker C.J. Mosley.

Players from the winning team receive $55,000, with the losing players getting $28,000 apiece.

Yanda started at right guard for Team Irvin, which was chosen by former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Michael Irvin.

Team Carter, which included former Ravens quarterbacks coach Rick Dennison, now the Denver Broncos offensive coordinator, calling the plays, got three carries for 31 yards from Forsett. Forsett caught all five passes...

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