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Mattison has talked to Michigan about defensive coordinator job

Ravens defensive coordinator Greg Mattison has talked to the University of Michigan about their defensive coordinator job, a league source said Tuesday.

It's a tough decision for Mattison because he has built a close relationship with the Ravens players, especially linebacker Ray Lewis, but he also has strong ties to Michigan and new coach Brady Hoke.

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They coached together on Jack Harbaugh's staff at Western Michigan and both worked under Lloyd Carr at Michigan. Another drawing point for Mattison is he has family who lives in that area.

If Mattison did leave, it is believed secondary coach Chuck Pagano would be the top candidate to replace him as defensive coordinator. Pagano finished a close second to Mattison when coach John Harbaugh replaced Rex Ryan as Ravens defensive coordinator in 2009.

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Attempts to reach Mattison were unsuccessful.

In two seasons with Mattison as defensive coordinator, the Ravens finished in the top 10 in defense both times. The Ravens were the NFL's No. 3 defense in 2009 and ranked No. 10 this past season.

Before joining the Ravens in 2008, Mattison spent 31 years on the collegiate level, including 12 seasons as a defensive coordinator.

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