The Baltimore Ravens announced Tuesday Defensive Coordinator Greg Mattison would leave the team after accepting the same position at the University of Michigan.
Mattison previously served in the same role with the Wolverines from 1995-1996; he coached the Wolverines’ Defensive Line from 1992-1996.
New Michigan Head Coach Brady Hoke was the Defensive Ends coach in Ann Arbor from 1995-1996.
Mattison’s apparently departure comes just over 24 hours after Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh told reporters he expected his coaching staff to remain intact.
“I really like our coaching staff” said Harbaugh Monday. “I think we have a great, great coaching staff. Top to bottom-that includes all three coordinators, that includes every one of our position coaches, there’s not a guy that I’m disappointed in.”
The source confirmed Mattison’s decision was about his own comfort level and the team wanted him back in Charm City.
The team also confirmed Secondary Coach Chuck Pagano had been promoted to Defensive Coordinator, replacing Mattison.
Pagano recently finished his third season as the team’s secondary coach, his unit finished the 2010 season ranked 21st in the NFL against the pass, allowing 224.9 yards per game. The team’s defense finished the season ranked 10th in the league as a whole, allowing 318.9 yards per game.
Pagano’s only previous experience as a coordinator came at the college level. He served in the role at UNLV in 1991 and at North Carolina in 2007.
Ravens CB Cary Williams told WNST Tuesday he was excited about the news of Pagano’s promotion.
“Coach Mattison was a good coach, but Coach Pagano is a good coach too” said Williams. “I think everybody in the defensive room will be happy about the move. I don’t think we’ll be losing anything, I think we’ll actually be gaining something.”
Despite continuing rumors regarding the status of Offensive Coordinator Cam Cameron, a Ravens official confirmed to WNST Tuesday Cameron would be returning “for sure.”
Defensive Assistant Roy Anderson is considered a likely candidate to replace Pagano as Secondary Coach.