Ravens hire Todd Washington

OWINGS MILLS -- Former NFL offensive lineman Todd Washington has been hired as the Baltimore Ravens' new assistant offensive line coach. Washington will work with offensive line coach Andy Moeller, who was promoted when the team fired John Matsko after last season

"We researched Todd's career and know he's a demanding coach who builds very good relationships with the players," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "Todd will work well with Andy and our players to make the offensive line the best it can possibly be."

Last year, Washington coached the offensive line for the Hartford Colonials in the United Football League.

Washington played in the NFL for eight years at guard and center, playing for Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Houston Texans after being drafted by Tampa Bay in the fourth round out of Virginia Tech. He was an All-Big East Conference selection.

Washington, 34, is former University of San Diego assistant. That's the same school where Harbaugh's brother, Jim Harbaugh, was the head coach prior to going to Stanford and the San Francisco 49ers.

Washington was named offensive coordinator after two seasons as offensive line coach. With Moeller facing a driving under the influence trial April 11 in Baltimore County, his third alcohol-related case since 2007, Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti recently said that the assistant coach is down to his last strike with the organization.

So, hiring Washington does provide the Ravens with a contingency plan in case Moeller becomes unavailable or no longer employed by the team.

"We're very concerned," Bisciotti said ."All we can do at this stage is see how Andy responds to this. He's taking the right steps. Obviously, it's a very personal issue. I don't think there's anybody in this room who hasn't been affected by alcohol. That's not a character trait, that's a disease. That's a problem. As long as he is doing what he is expected to do, then he has our support, the caveat being that it's his last chance, and he knows that.

"He's either going to get it under control, or he's going to spend a lifetime in misery like other people that are affected by that. So, we're behind him as long as he earns that trust and continues to earn that trust. But he knows he's one step away from not being a Raven, and then probably not being in the NFL at all."

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