The Ravens have hired former Jaguars D-Line coach Ted Monachino as their new OLB Coach. I guess the easy assessment to make here is that they wanted someone who could work personally to shape up Terrell Suggs, as the team didn’t really hide their disappointment with the shape T-Sizzle was in after returning from injury in Training Camp last season.
Here is the official release from the team….
For Immediate Release
RAVENS HIRE OLBs COACH MONACHINO
The Baltimore Ravens have hired Ted Monachino as their new outside linebackers coach, head coach John Harbaugh announced Tuesday afternoon.
A four-year NFL coaching veteran, Monachino has spent his entire pro career with the Jacksonville Jaguars (2006-09). For the past two seasons, he was Jacksonville’s defensive line coach after serving the previous two years as their assistant defensive line coach.
“Ted comes highly recommended from every person we spoke with, and he backed that up while interviewing with us,” Harbaugh stated. “He brings with him an impressive wealth of knowledge and an intense passion for the game. Ted will work with our outside linebackers under Dean Pees, and he will have a tremendous impact on our defense, primarily through the pass rush. We are fortunate to add a coach of his level to our team.”
In his four seasons with Jacksonville, the Jaguars allowed just 103.7 rushing yards per game, ranking as the NFL’s sixth-best run defense during that span. The Jaguars’ defense ranked 14th overall during that time, permitting 320.2 yards a contest.
Prior to joining the Jaguars, Monachino, 43, worked as the defensive line coach at Arizona State University (2000-05), where he helped guide Ravens OLB Terrell Suggs’ stellar collegiate career.
Baltimore’s first-round draft choice (10th overall) in 2003, Suggs played under Monachino and set the NCAA single-season record for sacks (24) and tackles for loss (31.5) in 2002. Suggs earned several national honors that season, including the Bronco Nagurski Award as the nation’s top defensive player and the Lombardi Award as the best lineman.
“I am really looking forward to the opportunity to work with my former college coach,” Suggs said Tuesday. “Coach Monachino challenged me to be the best I could be every practice, every game and every day. He is a perfectionist who will get the best out of all of us. I am really excited to work with him again.”
A native of Council Bluffs, Iowa, Monachino was a three-year letterman as a defensive lineman at the University of Missouri, where he graduated in 1990.
Born Oct. 15, 1966, Monachino and his wife, Amy, have three children: daughter Mikalee, and sons Sam and Michael.