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Ravens hire Anthony Weaver and Rob Ryan to defensive coaching staff

Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh discusses the many challenges from the 2020 NFL season.

The Ravens began filling out their defensive coaching staff Friday, adding a pair of assistants with ties to the franchise’s defining defensive era.

Former Ravens defensive lineman Anthony Weaver will serve as defensive line coach, the team announced, while Rob Ryan, the twin brother of former Ravens defensive coordinator Rex Ryan, will take over as inside linebackers coach.

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Weaver, 40, who previously served as defensive coordinator and defensive line coach for the Houston Texans, will also serve as run game coordinator.

“Anthony is highly regarded throughout the NFL,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said in a statement. “As a former Ravens’ draft pick who made significant contributions while playing here, he understands the culture of our organization and the standard to which Baltimore defense is held.”

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The Ravens selected Weaver in the second round of the 2002 draft. He spent four seasons in Baltimore and three with the Texans, totaling 15½ sacks over a seven-year career.

In 2010, Weaver entered coaching as a graduate assistant under Urban Meyer at Florida. Weaver then spent one season coaching linebackers at North Texas before making the jump to the NFL; Rex Ryan hired Weaver in 2012 as an assistant defensive line coach for the New York Jets. Weaver also had stints with the Buffalo Bills and Cleveland Browns.

“I think he’ll be outstanding. He’s one of the guys we’ll be talking about as a head coach in the next few years with that kind of personality and that kind of charisma,” Rex Ryan, now an ESPN analyst, told the Houston Chronicle in May.

Weaver replaces Joe Cullen, who became the third defensive assistant to leave the Ravens this offseason when he joined the Jacksonville Jaguars as the team’s defensive coordinator.

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Rob Ryan replaces former linebackers coach Mike Macdonald, who was hired as Michigan’s defensive coordinator. Ryan last coached in 2019, when he served as the Washington Football Team’s inside linebackers coach. From 2004 to 2015, he served as a defensive coordinator for four teams, moving from the Oakland Raiders (2004-2008) to the Cleveland Browns (2009-2010) to the Dallas Cowboys (2011-2012) to the New Orleans Saints (2013-2015).

Ravens defensive coordinator Don “Wink” Martindale overlapped with Ryan in Oakland, serving as linebackers coach from 2004 to 2008.

“Rob is a proven NFL coach who brings extensive experience to the Ravens,” Harbaugh said. “In addition to his passion for the game, he has an outstanding ability to connect with and teach players.”

The Ravens have yet to name a replacement for former defensive backs coach Jesse Minter, who is set to be named Vanderbilt’s defensive coordinator.

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