The Ravens have hired David Culley as assistant head coach and wide receivers coach, the team announced Tuesday.
Culley, 63, also will be the first assistant coach in John Harbaugh’s 11-plus years in Baltimore to serve as a passing coordinator. He will work this offseason with offensive coordinator Greg Roman to help rebuild the offense around Lamar Jackson, a gifted runner and developing passer.
Culley spent the past two seasons as the Buffalo Bills’ quarterbacks coach, where this past season he worked with rookie Josh Allen. He previously served with Harbaugh for a decade on Andy Reid’s Philadelphia Eagles staff.
“We are very pleased to add David Culley to our staff,” Harbaugh said in a release. “He is highly respected throughout the league as a teacher, game-planner and motivator.
"As Greg and I moved forward with a review and preview of our offense, we both wanted to add the very best coach in this area possible. With David joining us, we have done that. His overall NFL and coaching experience and abilities will help us immensely.”
Culley replaces Bobby Engram, who now coaches Ravens tight ends. Roman coached the team’s tight ends before his promotion to offensive coordinator this month. The team still has yet to hire a new running backs coach; Thomas Hammock left Jan. 18 to become the head coach at Northern Illinois, his alma mater.
Before his move to Buffalo, Culley had served under Reid for 17 years, first with the Eagles (1999-2012) and then with the Kansas City Chiefs (2013-16). Notably, he coached Chiefs All-Pro wide receiver Tyreek Hill during his rookie year. After totaling 281 receiving yards in 2014 at Oklahoma State and 444 at Division II West Alabama in 2015, Hill had 593 in his first year at Kansas City.
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Culley, who previously coached wide receivers at Texas A&M and for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Pittsburgh Steelers, takes over a position group that could be in flux. John Brown is an unrestricted free agent, Michael Crabtree could be cut, and Jordan Lasley and Jaleel Scott did not play during their rookie years. The Ravens also could add wide receivers through the draft and free agency.