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Ravens promote Steve Spagnuolo, announce hire of Brian Pariani

Spagnuolo to coach secondary.

Steve Spagnuolo was promoted to secondary coach on Wednesday.
Steve Spagnuolo was promoted to secondary coach on Wednesday.
Dilip Vishwanat

It was an obvious choice.

With Teryl Austin moving on to become the defensive coordinator in Detroit, the Ravens needed to find a new defensive backs coach. With Steve Spagnuolo already on the staff as a defensive assistant, it was a natural fit to promote him to coach the secondary, which the Ravens announced on Wednesday.

“How fortunate are we to have a former NFL head coach, former defensive coordinator and secondary coach become the Ravens’ coach for our defensive backs?” Harbaugh said in a statent. "Steve is one of the outstanding teachers in the NFL, and he already worked with our defensive staff and players last season as a senior assistant. Our players respect him, and a number of our veteran defensive backs recently said to me that they wanted Steve to coach them.”

The Ravens also officially announced that they've hired Brian Pariani to coach tight ends.

“Brian has earned a reputation as one of the NFL’s top tight ends coaches, and we’re excited that he was available and willing to join us,” Harbaugh said. “Another factor that immediately makes him valuable to us is his familiarity with the offense we want to run. We are making changes on offense, and Brian will be able to help teach and implement them.”