Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Thursday that linebackers coach Ted Monachino is leaving to become the defensive coordinator of the Indianapolis Colts under Chuck Pagano.
"That's a great opportunity for him, and speaks to the quality of the guys that we have," Harbaugh said.
But otherwise, he said the coaching staff from this year's 5-11 season will see "no changes," personnel-wise.
"Certainly, changes in how we do things and how we approach things with schemes and things like that, we're working on that already," Harbaugh said. "But the same guys will be in place, and I'm excited to work with our guys."
Thus, Monachino's loss is the only one they'll have to absorb. He joined the staff in 2010, and worked two seasons with Pagano, who coached the Ravens secondary in 2010 and was the defensive coordinator in 2011 before taking the Colts job.
On Tuesday, Pagano fired his defensive coordinator, Greg Manusky, along with a couple of other defensive assistants, and Monachino's name immediately surfaced as a possible replacement. Pagano has a close relationship with Monachino and Ravens defensive line coach Clarence Brooks.
Monachino was considered an in-house candidate to eventually succeed defensive coordinator Dean Pees here, but instead chose for his first career chance at being a defensive coordinator to be in Indianapolis.
Harbaugh declaring that no other changes made meant that Pees will be back for a fifth season as defensive coordinator, and offensive coordinator Marc Trestman and his staff returns as well.
"I know what kind of coach Dean Pees is, and I look at the season and the improvements that we made, especially on the back-end throughout the course of the season, and that's what we look for," Harbaugh said. He allowed that the defense was inconsistent in the first half, and said the team lost a bit of its identity offensively when throwing the ball so much and running the ball a franchise-low 383 times this year.
He said work on correcting some of the major issues was underway late in the season and continues even now that it's over on both sides of the ball.
"We still have plenty of work to do, but I trust Dean," Harbaugh said. "I know he's a very good coach, and all those guys, they know they're good coaches. You work side by side with a bunch of guys for a season like this, you find out what they're made of. I like our guys."