Ravens hire Austin as secondary coach

Posted Jan. 28, 2011 @ 11:51 a.m.
Posted By PFW staff

The Ravens have hired former University of Florida defensive coordinator Teryl Austin as their secondary coach.

Austin recently completed his first season with the Gators after previously serving as the Arizona Cardinals secondary coach 2007-09.

"He's an outstanding teacher and motivator who has been successful in both the NFL and at the college level," head coach John Harbaugh said in a press release. "His intelligence and experience will add to our defensive mix."

He replaces Chuck Pagano, who was promoted to defensive coordinator when Greg Mattison became the University of Michigan's defensive coordinator.

"This is another great opportunity to work for a class organization with outstanding coaches and players," Austin said. "I couldn't ask for anything better, and I'm excited to get to work. My goal is to do whatever I can to help the team and help the players get better. The Baltimore defense has set a high standard, and it's my job to uphold that standard and help the players be at their best. I'm excited to enter a situation with great players who play in a great scheme, knowing they take a lot of pride in what they are doing."

The way we see it

Austin spent seven seasons with the Seahawks and Cardinals before leaving for Florida, and will be faced with the task of helping maintain the Ravens' dominant defense after Mattison's departure.