Ravens add offensive assistant, Baxter has surgery

OWINGS MILLS – Jedd Fisch switched allegiances and sides of the football to join the Baltimore Ravens' coaching staff in a newly-created offensive assistant position.<br><br> Fisch was the Houston Texans' defensive quality control coach, assisting with the linebackers and working with computerized components of the weekly game plans.

Last season, Fisch, 27, didn't work on the field with the Texans while recovering from a near-fatal offseason heart condition. He has made a full recovery.

His responsibilities in Baltimore will include film breakdown, game preparation and scouting reports. He'll also help quarterbacks and receivers coach David Shaw with the receivers.

Fisch will share an office with senior consultant Jim Fassel, the former New York Giants head coach.

"I couldn't say yes fast enough," Fisch said. "I'm really excited about getting on the offensive side of the ball and moving up in the coaching profession. To work for Brian Billick and to share an office with Jim Fassel, you can't beat that opportunity."

Fisch has a background at the University of Florida and the Arena Football League's New Jersey Red Dogs. He had a year remaining on his contract with the Texans.

Fisch was a graduate assistant with the Gators for two seasons following stints as a high school coach while he attended Florida and as a wide receivers coach/quality control for the Red Dogs.

"Jedd is a very competent coach," Ravens coach Brian Billick said. "His unique background of being on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball is going to be a great assistance to us. He is going to be of great assistance to Matt Cavanaugh by giving him the computer and game-plan preparation support that we have not had prior to this."

NOTES: Starting cornerback Gary Baxter underwent abdominal hernia surgery at the University of Maryland Medical Center Tuesday morning to repair a preexisting condition that he played with throughout last season.

Trainer Bill Tessendorf said the typical recovery time ranges between one to two months, which would mean he would likely be available for spring minicamps.

All-Pro linebacker Ray Lewis will have his right shoulder reexamined next week. Lewis wore a shoulder harness for the final month of the season. 

He was placed on injured reserve during the 2002 campaign and had surgery on a partially dislocated left shoulder. Lewis has experienced shoulder problems for two consecutive seasons. …

General manager Ozzie Newsome said the team hasn't reached any agreements in principle with its unrestricted free agents, but plans to meet with several of the players' agents this week at the scouting combine in Indianapolis. …

Offensive tackle Tony Pashos (Cologne Centurions) has been allocated to NFL Europe along with wide receivers Cecil Moore and Todd Devoe (Cologne), tight end Lamar Hill (Cologne) and linebacker James Harrison (Rhein Fire).

Aaron Wilson writes for the Carroll County Times.


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