The Ravens didn't need to look far for a replacement when secondary coach Teryl Austin left the coaching staff this offseason to become the Detroit Lions' new defensive coordinator.

They promoted Steve Spagnuolo from his previous title as senior defensive assistant.

As a former St. Louis Rams head coach and defensive coordinator with the New York Giants and New Orleans Saints, Spagnuolo has a significant amount of experience.

At this week's OTAs, defensive coordinator Dean Pees praised Spagnuolo's work so far with the defensive backs.

“Steve is a great coach, does a great job there with the secondary." Pees said. "Having Steve around has been good. He’s a very knowledgeable guy, very good coach, very good secondary coach, very good attention to detail, just like all of the coaches."

Spagnuolo is also the Ravens' assistant head coach with special teams coordinator Jerry Rosburg now holding the title of associate head coach.

"I feel good about the whole defensive staff, not just Steve, all of them," Pees said. "We’ve got a great staff. We have a lot of fun, play hard, work hard. I can’t say enough good things about all of them.”

Spagnuolo was the defensive coordinator for the Giants' Super Bowl XLII championship team in 2007, a group that led the NFL with 53 sacks. Spagnuolo was the Philadelphia Eagles' defensive backs coach for three seasons when Ravens coach John Harbaugh was on that coaching staff.

Spagnuolo inherits a secondary that returns three of four starters -- safety Matt Elam and cornerbacks Lardarius Webb and Jimmy Smith.

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