T. Nathan meets with Ravens

OWINGS MILLS -- Former Miami Dolphins running back and assistant coach Tony Nathan interviewed Tuesday for the Baltimore Ravens' running backs job, the final remaining vacancy on the coaching staff.

Nathan currently coaches running backs at Florida International University and has prior coaching stints with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1996 to 2001) and the Dolphins (1988 to 1995).

In 2000, Tampa Bay's running back tandem of Mike Alstott and Warrick Dunn were both named to the Pro Bowl and the Buccaneers finished with 2,066 rushing yards.

A third-round pick of the Dolphins in 1979, Nathan rushed for 3,543 career yards and caught 383 passes before retiring in 1987.

Nathan caught 10 passes in Super Bowl XIX against the San Francisco 49ers and registered another 10 receptions the following year in a 1985 divisional playoff win over the Cleveland Browns.

A former Alabama star who grew up in Birmingham, Nathan was inducted into the Senior Bowl Hall of Fame in Mobile, Ala., last month. He was named the Dolphins' Most Valuable Player in 1981 and ranks fourth in rushing attempts, rushing yards and receptions.

If he's hired, Nathan would replace former running backs coach Matt Simon who opted out of his contract.

"Our backs know Tony has done it all before and he brings something they can believe in," FIU coach Don Strock said in a statement about Nathan in the team's media guide. "He's proven to be an excellent coach. He relates to his players and they respect him."

In addition to being a long time contributor to RavensInsider, Aaron Wilson writes for the Carroll County Times in Westminster Maryland.

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