Ravens hire Monachino as OLB coach

OWINGS MILLS – The last time Terrell Suggs collaborated with Ted Monachino he set a collegiate record for sacks and tackles for losses. Now, the Baltimore Ravens have hired Monachino as their new outside linebackers coach following Suggs' career-low season for sacks.

"I am really looking forward to the opportunity to work with my former college coach," Suggs said in a statement. "Coach Monachino challenged me to be the best I could be every practice, every game and every day. He is a perfectionist who will get the best out of all of us. I am really excited to work with him again."

Monachino was recently replaced as the Jacksonville Jaguars' defensive line coach by Joe Cullen.

When Monachino coached Suggs at Arizona State in 2002, Suggs registered single-season NCAA records with 24 sacks and 31 ½ tackles for losses.

The consensus All-American selection was honored with the Bronko Nagurski award as the nation's top defensive player and the Lombardi award as the top lineman.

Last year, Suggs posted only 4 ½ sacks while dealing with a heel injury, conditioning issues and a sprained medial collateral ligament. Unlike last year when he was the Ravens' franchise player before signing a $62.5 million contract, Suggs has pledged to attend the offseason conditioning program.

Monachino, 43, was with the Jaguars for the past four seasons.

He takes over a position that had remained vacant after Mike Pettine became the New York Jets' defensive coordinator following the 2008 season.

Last year, Vic Fangio coached the linebackers before taking a job as the Stanford defensive coordinator working for Ravens coach John Harbaugh's brother, Jim Harbaugh. Fangio was replaced by Dean Pees as the linebackers coach.

Defensive coordinator Greg Mattison helped out with the rush ends last season.

This season, Mattison will be free to concentrate on coordinating the defense.

Before coaching with the Jaguars, Monachino spent his entire coaching career in the college ranks with stops at Boise State, James Madison, Southwest Missouri State and Texas Christian.

"Ted comes highly recommended from every person we spoke with, and he backed that up while interviewing with us," John Harbaugh said. "He brings with him an impressive wealth of knowledge and an intense passion for the game. Ted will work with our outside linebackers under Dean Pees, and he will have a tremendous impact on our defense, primarily through the pass rush. We are fortunate to add a coach of his level to our team."

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