Baltimore Ravens Appoint New Running Backs Coach to Replace Matt Weiss- How Will This Affect Their Rushing Offense?

Published 02/22/2021, 9:28 AM EST
Jan 10, 2021; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) runs the ball for a touchdown against the Tennessee Titans during the second quarter in a AFC Wild Card playoff game at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports


The Baltimore Ravens have already started making changes to their franchise. Yesterday, news broke that Ravens’ running back coach Matt Weiss was leaving the franchise to join the Michigan Wolves.

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Weiss is the new quarterback coach for the college team. And now, the Ravens have already found a replacement for Weiss within their own coaching staff.

The Baltimore Ravens appointed Craig Ver Steeg as the running backs coach after Weiss’ departure. Ver Steeg had been with the franchise for a very long time as an assistant.

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He has over 30 years of coaching experience in football and was part of John Harbaugh’s original coaching staff. Harbaugh only had kind words for Ver Steeg at the press brief.

Jan 3, 2021; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) defended by Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Darius Phillips (23) during the first quarter at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joseph Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

“Craig is a highly-regarded member of our staff and someone who’s served as an integral part of our offense for many years. He has vast experience coaching and coordinating offenses, a thorough understanding of our schemes and techniques.

“And (he) has a great relationship with our running backs. Craig is a dedicated coach and teacher who has a proven ability for getting the most out of our players.”

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The appointment of Ver Steeg may prove to be a very intelligent move by the Ravens. Rather than finding an external coaching figure, the Ravens chose to promote a long-standing member of their current coaching staff.

Lamar Jackson, the franchise quarterback, could be very happy with this move, considering how they already share a rapport; courtesy of the time that they have spent together in the past.

Jan 10, 2021; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) scores a touchdown against the Tennessee Titans during the second quarter in a AFC Wild Card playoff game at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Appointing a new coach from the existing staff also fosters a positive culture within the franchise. It promotes the ideals that the franchise values hard work, dedication, and loyalty over big names. Furthermore, it sets him up well for success, given that the Ravens had the best rushing offense in the entire NFL.

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Will the Baltimore Ravens make more changes to their team? Be it players or coaching staff, the Ravens may want to address some major concerns within their squad.

Given the fact that they suffered yet another disappointing playoff exit, they may want to initiate a thorough rejig in the hope of digging themselves out of this grave.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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