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Ravens assistant Hammock to become Northern Illinois head coach

Posted on 18 January 2019 by Luke Jones

The Ravens are losing another member of their offensive coaching staff as running backs coach Thomas Hammock will become the head coach at Northern Illinois.

Hammock, 37, arrived in Baltimore in 2014 and guided four different backs — Justin Forsett, Terrance West, Alex Collins, and Gus Edwards — to lead the Ravens in rushing over the last five seasons. He returns to lead his alma mater where he rushed for 2,432 yards and 25 touchdowns from 1999-2002 and served as the running backs coach from 2005-06. Hammock also coached at Wisconsin and Minnesota before breaking into the NFL with the Ravens.

His departure comes a week after head coach John Harbaugh promoted assistant head coach and tight ends coach Greg Roman to offensive coordinator. That move prompted Marty Mornhinweg to leave the organization despite being asked to remain under a different job title.

With Hammock gone and Bobby Engram expected to become the tight ends coach, openings remain at the running backs and wide receivers coaching positions. It remains to be seen whether Harbaugh will hire another assistant to focus on the passing game, a role that had been earmarked for Mornhinweg after he was demoted from offensive coordinator.

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Engram reportedly to join Hammock to complete Ravens’ offensive staff

Posted on 06 February 2014 by Luke Jones

On the same day the Ravens made the hiring of new running backs coach Thomas Hammock official, it appears that head coach John Harbaugh has taken the final step to complete his coaching staff for the 2014 season.

Former NFL wide receiver and current University of Pittsburgh assistant Bobby Engram is set to become the Ravens’ new wide receivers coach, according to Pete Roussel of CoachingSearch.com. Engram would be replacing the departed Jim Hostler, who accepted a position with the Buffalo Bills last week after he did not receive Baltimore’s offensive coordinator job that went to Gary Kubiak.

Engram spent 14 years playing in the NFL before spending the 2011 season with the San Francisco 49ers and head coach Jim Harbaugh, who presumably gave him an endorsement in speaking to his older brother. A record-setting receiver at Penn State, Engram spent the last two years as Pitt’s wide receivers coach.

Spending time with Chicago, Seattle, and Kansas City in his professional career, Engram amassed more than 7,500 receiving yards and 35 touchdowns.

The Ravens officially announced Thursday that they’d hired Hammock, who has 11 years of collegiate coaching experience and spent the last three seasons as the University of Wisconsin’s running backs coach and assistant head coach. Hammock previously spent time coaching the running backs at the University of Minnesota (2007-2010) as well as at Northern Illinois (2005-2006), his alma mater.

“Take a look at Thomas’ college resume,” Harbaugh said in a team statement. “It’s impressive, and it’s clear he can teach, coach, and help players become better. He’s an impressive person, and we’re looking forward to seeing him coach our players.”

During Hammock’s three seasons as the Badgers’ running backs coach, they ranked third nationally in rushing yards per attempt (5.7), fourth in rushing touchdowns (121), and seventh overall in rushing yards per game (251.1), with each category also leading the Big Ten during this span.

Hammock’s most famous pupil was 2013 second-round pick Montee Ball, who won the 2012 Doak Walker Award as the nation’s best running back and set the NCAA all-time record for rushing touchdowns (77). With Ball off to the NFL to play for the Denver Broncos last season, Hammock guided senior James White and sophomore Melvin Gordon to rush for a combined 3,053 yards, an NCAA single-season record for a pair of teammates.

“The opportunity to coach at the highest level excites me,” Hammock said. “To come to an organization that is committed to winning and has a coaching staff that is so respected is a tremendous opportunity, and I’m looking forward to getting started. Working with coach Harbaugh, learning the offense and working with coach Kubiak, and then coaching these outstanding Ravens players, is special.”

Engram and Hammock will join Kubiak, quarterbacks coach Rick Dennison, and tight ends coach Brian Pariani as new additions to Harbaugh’s coaching staff this season. Senior defensive assistant Steve Spagnuolo was appointed as the new secondary coach to replace Teryl Austin, who became the new defensive coordinator of the Detroit Lions last month.

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