Taggart takes first NFL job, joins Ravens’ staff


Feb 22, 2023

  • Adam Rittenberg ESPN Senior Writer


    • College football press reporter.
    • Joined ESPN.com in2008
    • Graduate of Northwestern University.

The Baltimore Ravens have actually employed long time college coach Willie Taggart to supervise their running backs, the group revealed Wednesday.

Taggart is the previous head coach at Florida State, Oregon, Western Kentucky, South Florida and Florida Atlantic, which he led for the previous 3 seasons prior to being fired in November. He had actually been set to sign up with Colorado’s personnel under coach Deion Sanders however rather will handle an NFL task for the very first time.

Taggart will take control of for Craig Ver Steeg, who has actually coached the Ravens’ running backs for the previous 3 seasons. Ver Steeg, who has actually been on the Ravens’ personnel considering that John Harbaugh’s very first season in Baltimore in 2008, might get reassigned to a various function.

” We are delighted to invite Willie to the Ravens as our running backs coach,” Harbaugh stated in a declaration. “Willie has actually been an extremely effective and highly regarded college assistant and head coach. He has a tested performance history for establishing gamers as a position coach, as an offending organizer and as a head coach. A leader and an extremely reliable incentive, Willie’s track record for developing strong relationships with his gamers and fellow coaches will serve our offense well moving on.”

The Ravens return leading running back J.K. Dobbins, who is entering his agreement season. After missing out on the 2021 season with a knee injury, Dobbins balanced 99.3 backyards hurrying and 7.0 lawns per bring in his last 4 video games this previous season.

The Ravens likewise revealed that pass receivers coach Tee Martin will now be the group’s quarterbacks coach.

Baltimore might make extra modifications to its offending personnel under brand-new planner Todd Monken.

Taggart, 46, went 15-18 at Florida Atlantic after a 9-12 record in less than 2 seasons at Florida State. He’s 71-80 in general as a college head coach, consisting of a 10- win season at South Florida in 2016.

Taggart bet and later on coached under Jack Harbaugh, the dad of Ravens coach John Harbaugh, at Western Kentucky. He likewise worked for John Harbaugh’s bro, Jim, at Stanford from 2007 to 2009 prior to landing his very first head-coaching task at Western Kentucky.

The 2009 season significant Taggart’s newest as an assistant– he coached Stanford’s running backs that fall. A star quarterback for Western Kentucky, Taggart started his training profession dealing with pass receivers at his university in 1999.

ESPN’s Jamison Hensley added to this report.

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