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The Ravens have always been a team that breeds linebackers and coaches. From guys like Marvin Lewis and Jack Del Rio getting their head coaching start on the back of great performance here in Baltimore, to the lesser known guys moving on from their assistant positions into coordinators and eventually head coaches.

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The Ravens have always been a team that breeds linebackers and coaches. From guys like Marvin Lewis and Jack Del Rio getting their head coaching start on the back of great performance here in Baltimore, to the lesser known guys moving on from their assistant positions into coordinators and eventually head coaches.

Some of those coaches that you might not even realize were former Ravens are guys like Mike Pettine, the now head coach of the Cleveland Browns. Pettine is a guy that started in Baltimore in the video department for the Ravens. From video department all the way up to coaching a franchise... Clearly something is in the water in Baltimore.

Sports Illustrated did a nice little piece on coaches around the league that could be next in line at head coaching. Using scouts, agents, reporters and even front office personnel, Robert Klemko compiled a definitive list of potential coaches.

Defensive coordinator Dean Pees is on the "just missed the cut" section. It makes sense that despite putting up some of the better defenses in the league during his career in Baltimore, he has done so with arguably one of the most talented rosters in the league as well. Though last year tested his coaching ability as the Ravens were one of the most injured teams in football and still played good defense.

The more interesting aspect of this list isn't how many Ravens coaches are on it, but it is how many former Ravens are on it. Much like Mike Pettine, the list is littered with guys that were understudies in Baltimore and have gone on to greatness with other teams.

On that list is Hue Jackson (Bengals offensive coordinator), Mike Smith (former Falcons head coach), David Shaw (Stanford head coach), Greg Roman (Bills offensive line coach), Vic Fangio (Bears defensive coordinator), Eric Mangini (former Jets and Browns head coach), and Teryl Austin (Lions defensive coordinator). All were various coaches and assistants for the Ravens before getting a promotion to join another team.

It should be noted that out of the seven coaches there, three are minority coaching candidates as well. On the article's entire list, there are only nine minority coaches out of 32 total. With one of the only black general managers in sports, the Ravens have definitely led the way on that front.

It should also be noted that out of 32 coaches on the list, the Ravens find that they have employed seven of them. Nearly 22% of this list is all about the Ravens! Clearly Ozzie Newsome and company don't mess around with how they draft and how they employ coaches.