Smith goes to Jaguars, Ryan won't join Lewis

OWINGS MILLS – The defections have begun. A source close to the Baltimore Ravens coaching staff confirmed that linebackers coach Mike Smith was departing to become the Jacksonville Jaguars' defensive coordinator. The source also asserted that defensive line coach Rex Ryan could be heading to the Cincinnati Bengals to join former Ravens defensive coordinator Marvin Lewis' staff. However, that was ultimately untrue as Lewis hired Eagle secondary coach Leslie Frazier as defensive coordinator.

Smith, an Eldersburg resident who was in his first year as linebackers coach, had filled the spot of the Jaguars new coach Jack Del Rio when Del Rio left Baltimore to become the Carolina Panthers' defensive coordinator.

Now, they have become reunited.

The source stressed that Ravens secondary coach Donnie Henderson will not be joining Lewis in Cincinnati even though he had hoped for a promotion as a defensive coordinator after performing excellently with a revamped secondary last season.

Lewis had attempted to hire Atlanta Falcons secondary coach Emmit Thomas as his defensive coordinator, but the move was blocked by Falcons owner Arthur Blank.

Meanwhile, with the Associated Press reporting that former NFL quarterback and University of Virginia offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave, 35, will become Del Rio's offensive coordinator that should dispel any thoughts of either Baltimore offensive coordinator Matt Cavanaugh or tight ends coach Wade Harman joining Del Rio in North Florida.

The Jaguars haven't settled on a personnel boss, though, after stonewalling Ravens director of college scouting Phil Savage during negotiations that broke down on Saturday.

Jacksonville executives say they're still pondering the candidacies of Ravens director of pro personnel James Harris, Buffalo Bills' director of football operations Tom Modrak and Jaguars director of pro personnel Rick Reiprish.

It was erroneously reported in a Florida newspaper that that Savage, the man behind many of the Ravens' draft selections such as Ray Lewis, Jonathan Ogden, Todd Heap and Ed Reed, had an agent to grapple with Jaguars owner Wayne Weaver.

Savage remains in Florida, working for the Ravens, to scout collegiate talent at the Gridiron Classic in Orlando.

The Seattle Seahawks are interested in interviewing Savage and Harris for their general manager vacancy created when head coach Mike Holmgren was stripped of that responsibility. It's unclear at this point if either will be leaving, though, and both men are obviously welcome back in the Ravens' personnel department working under general manager Ozzie Newsome.

 


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