Ravens finalize coaching staff, keep Kokinis

OWINGS MILLS -- Baltimore Ravens director of pro personnel George Kokinis won't be leaving the organization to work for the New York Jets in the same capacity, according to general manager Ozzie Newsome.

The NFL Network reported that Kokinis -- a longtime friend of Jets coach Eric Mangini from their years working entry-level jobs with the Cleveland Browns -- would be joining the Jets.

Newsome said the Jets haven't contacted him to ask for permission to speak to Kokinis who's preparing the Ravens for free agency, which begins March 3.

"George is here working his butt off," Newsome said Thursday.

Because Kokinis is under contract for several years, under league rules the Ravens don't have to allow him to interview for a job that lacks complete authority on all football decisions. Because the Jets already have general manager Mike Tannenbaum, this position doesn't hold that cache. Plus, the Jets signed deposed general manager Terry Bradway to a one-year consulting contract.

NOTES: The Ravens finalized their coaching staff, officially hiring Tony Nathan as running backs coach and Greg Roman as assistant offensive line coach. Nathan coached running backs at Florida International University the past three seasons and is a former Miami Dolphins running back and assistant coach. Roman is a former Houston Texans quarterbacks coach and offensive line coach. "I am extremely pleased that we were able to bring in Tony Nathan and Greg Roman," Ravens coach Brian Billick said. "These two men provide us a tremendous amount of experience, and they will enhance our coaching staff immensely." ... Offensive assistant John Fassel was hired as assistant special teams coach. ... Newsome said that the Ravens have only had one discussion with the agent for Pro Bowl safety Ed Reed since the season ended.
 

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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