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Ravens hire former All-Pro DE as OLBs coach

The Baltimore Ravens haven’t been shy about adding talent to their coaching staff this offseason. The team has seen coaches come and go over the course of their franchise history, and it’s been more of the same over the course of the last few weeks.

On Wednesday, Baltimore made another impactful move on their coaching staff by adding former All-Pro defensive lineman Chuck Smith to be their outside linebackers coach. Smith has worked with countless players on their pass rush, and now enters a room with talented edge pieces such as Odafe Oweh, David Ojabo and more.

Smith’s previous coaching experience in the NFL is minimal, although he’ll have plenty of support while he acclimates to his new role with the Ravens. He coached the defensive line for the Tennessee Titans in 2010 after a nine-year playing career with the Atlanta Falcons and Carolina Panthers that ended in 2000. Smith also developed a pass rush training program utilized by players and coaches at the collegiate and NFL level.

While he is relatively untested as a coach, Smith should provide valuable input for the Ravens’ defense as they look to bolster their pass rush next season. Over the course of his career, Smith managed to find his way to the quarterback more than 58 times and surpassed the 10-sack threshold in three of the eight seasons he played in Atlanta.

Baltimore tied for the fourth-best mark in total sacks last season, and the Ravens should be primed for an even better showing in 2023 with Smith’s pass-rushing expertise at their disposal.

Story originally appeared on Ravens Wire

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