The Baltimore Ravens have had so many of their assistant coaches get poached by other teams and college programs over the last two months that you’d think they, not the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, were the reigning Super Bowl champions .
That offseason trend continued over the weekend when running backs coach Matt Weiss was reportedly hired to become the Quarterbacks coach at the University of Michigan.
Replacing him on the staff will be longtime offensive assistant Craig Ver Steeg who has been with the team since 2008 and is being promoted to be the primary coach of one of the strongest groups on the roster.
“Craig is a highly-regarded member of our staff and someone who’s served as an integral part of our offense for many years,” Head Coach John Harbaugh said. “He has vast experience coaching and coordinating offenses, a thorough understanding of our schemes and techniques, and has a great relationship with our running backs. Craig is a dedicated coach and teacher who has a proven ability for getting the most out of our players.”
Ver Steeg is 60 years old and has been coaching for nearly four decades, 38 years to be exact. His most recent title before this promotion was as a Senior Assistant/Running Backs coach for the last two years during the Ravens’ historic rushing dominance.
Prior to coming to Baltimore as one of the original hires of Harbaugh’s staff, he had spent 21 years at the collegiate level as an assistant coach. In 1996, he served as an offensive assistant with the Chicago Bears.
He possesses an abundance of experience working with several different offensive skill position groups, not just running backs. He has also worked with quarterbacks, wide receivers, and has assisted the team with in-game preparation, game and practice analysis, advanced scouting, and player development.