The Baltimore Ravens have hired longtime NFL assistant coach David Culley, who will coach the team's receivers and oversee its passing game.
Culley, 63, spent the past two years as the quarterbacks coach for the Buffalo Bills. He has more than 20 years experience as an NFL receivers coach, including 10 years when he worked on the Philadelphia Eagles staff alongside current Ravens head coach John Harbaugh.
Culley's official title with the Ravens will be assistant head coach/receivers/passing coordinator.
"We are very pleased to add David Culley to our staff," said Harbaugh via a statement released by the team. "He is highly respected throughout the league as a teacher, game-planner and motivator. As [new offensive coordinator] Greg [Roman] and I moved forward with a review and preview of our offense, we both wanted to add the very best coach in this area possible. With David joining us, we have done that.
"His overall NFL and coaching experience and abilities will help us immensely," added Harbaugh, who
signed a new four-year deal
Jan. 24 to continue as Ravens head coach, a post he has held since 2008.
Roman has been the architect of the Ravens' dynamic rushing attack that became the most productive in the league once Lamar Jackson took over as the starting quarterback after nine games. Led by Jackson, the Ravens won six of their final seven regular-season games to win the AFC North title with a record of 10-6.
promoted to offensive coordinator
earlier this month, and in the chain reaction that followed that move, previous offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg left the organization and wide receivers coach Bobby Engram was shifted to tight ends coach, filling a vacancy created by Roman's promotion.
Now Culley fills the void at receivers coach, and it will be up to him and quarterbacks coach James Urban to develop an air attack to complement the Ravens' ground game, which averaged a league-best 187 rushing yards during Jackson's seven-regular season starts.
"We're going to build the offense from the ground up this year," Harbaugh said Jan. 25 at the news conference announcing his new deal. "That's what's kind of exciting, and we'll see what comes of it."
Jackson showed promise but mechanical flaws and inconsistency as a passer in his rookie year. He completed 99 of 170 passes (58.2 percent) for 1,201 yards, with six touchdowns and three interceptions and a passer rating of 84.5.
Culley takes over a receivers group that could be in flux. John Brown (42 catches for team-high 715 yards) is a pending free agent, and veteran Michael Crabtree (54-607) is a potential cap casualty. Willie Snead (team-high 62 catches, 651 yards) is expected to return, but production for all three dropped sharply with Jackson as quarterback as the Ravens became a run-first offense.
Other than those three, the Ravens return Chris Moore (19-196) and a pair of second-year players (Jaleel Scott and Jordan Lasley) who did not play a down as rookies.
Culley has worked as a wide receivers coach with four organizations, most recently the Kansas City Chiefs (2013-2016). He was with the Eagles from 1999-2012, working as the receivers coach for all but the last two years of his tenure there. He also served as receivers coach with the Pittsburgh Steelers (1996-98) and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1994-95), moving to the NFL after 16 years as a college coach.
The Ravens still have a vacancy at running backs coach after Thomas Hammock was hired last week as the head coach at Northern Illinois, his alma mater.
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