The Ravens have never hired an external candidate for their defensive coordinator position, promoting assistants ever since their original (post-Browns) DC — Marvin Lewis — left in 2002. They are interviewing at least one internal candidate for the job this year.
Defensive line coach Anthony Weaver interviewed for the now-vacant Baltimore DC job, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com tweets. Although Weaver counts as an internal candidate, the 2021 season was his first on the Ravens’ staff. However, Weaver did play with the Ravens for four seasons (2002-05).
Weaver, 41, joined Martindale’s staff after five seasons in Houston — the last as the Texans’ defensive coordinator — and four previous seasons working as a position coach elsewhere. A seven-year veteran as a player in the 2000s, Weaver spent the ’21 season as Baltimore’s defensive run-game coordinator.
The Ravens have also been linked to defensive backs coach Chris Hewitt for their DC job, and Michigan DC Mike Macdonald was viewed as the favorite to succeed Martindale prior to leaving Baltimore for Ann Arbor last year. Hewitt has been with the Ravens since 2012, serving as the team’s defensive passing-game coordinator for the past two seasons. The Ravens are also considering an outside hire, having requested permission to interview Cowboys DBs coach Joe Whitt Jr.