Ravens Make Two Coaching Moves

Chris Hewitt joins the Ravens from Rutgers. Matt Weiss promoted to defensive assistant.

Posted by Garrett Downing on Thursday, February 16th, 2012 at 3:19 pm | Categories: Garrett Downing

The Ravens coaching staff is now complete.

Former Rutgers running backs coach Chris Hewitt has joined the Ravens staff as the assistant special teams coach, taking the spot vacated by Marwan Maalouf, who went with Chuck Pagano to Indianapolis as the Colts special teams coordinator.

Matt Weiss, who has served as Head Coach John Harbaugh’s assistant the past three seasons, has been promoted to defensive assistant.  He is replacing Roy Anderson who also went to Indianapolis to be the safeties coach.

“It’s just a great opportunity to learn more and to continue to develop as a coach,” Weiss said.  “When I look back as a coach, I think working as Coach Harbaugh’s assistant will be three of the most valuable years I ever spent in terms of getting to study him up close and learn everything from him about being a head coach.”

Weiss joined the Ravens staff after spending four seasons at Stanford University under Jim Harbaugh as a defensive/ special teams assistant and graduate assistant.  He was a punter at Vanderbilt (2001-04) for four seasons.

“Matt is an integral part of our coaching staff and our team,” Harbaugh said. “His responsibilities keep growing and his input keeps increasing.”

Hewitt comes to Baltimore after spending the last eight seasons with Rutgers, where he coached running backs, cornerbacks and was the team’s Director of Speed and Skill Development. This is his first full-time coaching job in the NFL.

“I’m really excited about being in the NFL,” Hewitt said. “It’s a great opportunity to be working with coach Harbaugh. He is someone I’ve known for a long time.”

“His experience coaching, his experience as a player and his devotion to teaching players are qualities that can only make our team better,” Harbaugh said.

Hewitt played three seasons in the NFL (1997-2000) after a standout college career at the University of Cincinnati. Harbaugh and Special Teams Coordinator Jerry Rosburg were assistant coaches at Cincinnati when Hewitt was an All-Conference USA defensive back for the Bearcats.

“It’s a unique situation where you get an opportunity to be with guys that coached you, that taught you some things,” Hewitt said. “Now I get an opportunity to work alongside them, so I’m extremely excited about it.”

“We believe Chris’ maturity, work ethic and overall skill set will enhance our special teams units,” assistant head coach/special teams coordinator Jerry Rosburg added. “He brings experience as a coach in a highly-competitive college program and also as a NFL player. Chris is very familiar with our organization, and his core values align well with those of our coaching staff.”

As a player, Hewitt played a number of special teams roles.  

“I did pretty much everything on special teams – kickoff, punt team, I returned kicks, punt block team,” Hewitt said.

Following his playing career, Hewitt went into coaching and spent time with the Ravens in 2005 as part of the NFL’s minority coaching fellowship program. He was also with the Browns (2003) and the Eagles (2006) as part of the fellowship.

“I’m just looking forward to new challenges and new journeys and going forward to try to win a Super Bowl,” Hewitt said.

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