Ravens hire Giants' Johnnie Lynn

OWINGS MILLS -- The Baltimore Ravens have hired former New York Giants defensive coordinator Johnnie Lynn as their secondary coach. He replaces Donnie Henderson, who joined the New York Jets as their defensive coordinator. <br>

"We are excited for Donnie Henderson," Ravens coach Brian Billick said. "We hate to see him go, but it is a great opportunity for him. We are equally excited about Johnnie Lynn joining our staff. "Johnnie has great coordinator experience and is highly thought of in the league. He makes a great addition to our staff."

Lynn's Giants defense ranked third in the NFL in scoring defense in 2002 (17.4 points a game, allowing 17 or fewer points in 10 of 16 regular-season games. They were ninth in total yardage allowed, giving up 309.3 yards a game. In 2003, the Giants were 10th in the league, allowing 119.4 rushing yards a game4. They ranked second to Baltimore in sacks with 46 and led the league in sacks per play behind All-Pro end Michael Strahan

Lynn coached the Giants secondary from 1997 to 2001. In 1997, the Giants led the NFL with 27 interceptions. He has coached Will Allen, William Peterson, Shaun Williams and Jason Seahorn. 

In 1996, Lynn coached the San Francisco 49ers' secondary. He entered the NFL ranks in 1994 as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' secondary coach. 
Lynn is also a former coach at the University of Arizona. Lynn starred at UCLA as a defensive back before being selected in the fourth round of the 1979 NFL Draft by the Jets. 

An immediate starter as a rookie, Lynn ended his career ranking 10th in Jets history with 17 career interceptions. Lynn played in four bowl games at UCLA and received All-Pac 10 honors as a senior while earning his bachelor's degree in history. Lynn and his wife, Laurie, have three children.


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