Clarence Brooks

Ravens Coach Clarence Brooks Passes Away

Long-time Ravens assistant coach Clarence Brooks has passed away following a battle with esophageal cancer, the team announced the morning. Brooks was 65-years-old, and he was the longest-tenured member of the Ravens’ coaching staff.

Clarence BrooksBrooks first joined the organization back in 2005 as the team’s defensive line coach, and John Harbaugh declared him “the greatest defensive line coach” he’s ever worked with. Jason La Canfora tweets that much of the Ravens defensive success has been attributed to Brooks, while Jeff Zrebiec of The Baltimore Sun tweets that Brooks was “one of most popular and beloved assistants that Ravens have ever had.”

Garrett Downing of highlights the respect the Brooks had earned in the locker room, adding that it “was evident throughout the last two seasons as he continued coaching despite the cancer diagnoses.” His wife, Justa, also remarked on the impact he left on his players.

“We knew he loved his players,” she said. “Through all of this, we’ve found out how much his players loved him. We thank everyone for the loving support.”

Prior to his tenure with the Ravens, Brooks spent time on the Dolphins, Browns, and Bears coaching staff. He also coached at the University of Arizona, Syracuse, and the University of Massachusetts, where he played for three seasons.

Our thoughts and condolences are with Mr.Brooks’ family and friends.

Ravens Rumors: Frazier, Cullen, Front Office

Leslie Frazier will join the Ravens’ coaching staff as the team’s secondary coach, Jeff Zreibec of the Baltimore Sun reports (Twitter links).

The former Vikings head coach was dismissed recently, when the Buccaneers opted to not pick up his option to remain on staff as their defensive coordinator.

Frazier and the Ravens do not have a contract in place yet, but a verbal agreement’s been established, per Zreibec (on Twitter).

Although Frazier, the Vikings’ head coach from 2011-13, coached the Colts’ defensive backs during their Super Bowl campaign in 2006, his title was assistant head coach. A defensive coordinator or head coach since the Bengals hired him in 2003 to run their defense, the 56-year-old Frazier hasn’t been purely a position coach since presiding over the Eagles’ secondary from 1999-2002.

The Bucs’ defense ranked 25th and 23rd the past two seasons, respectively.

Here are some more items regarding the Ravens’ coaching staff and front office.

  • Joe Cullen will move alongside Frazier from the Bucs to the Ravens, joining John Harbaugh‘s staff as defensive line coach, per Zac Jackson of Pro Football Talk. Cullen coached the Bucs’ defensive line last season and guided the Jaguars’ defensive line from 2010-12. He was arrested in 2006 as a member of the Lions’ coaching staff for driving through a Wendy’s drive-thru naked. The Ravens’ previous defensive line coach, Clarence Brooks, will serve as a senior defensive assistant, per Zreibec (on Twitter). Brooks will undergo surgery in January or February for esophageal cancer but is expected to be ready for the 2016 season.
  • Chris Hewitt will assist Frazier in coaching the Ravens’ secondary after being in charge of the group this season, Zreibec tweets. The 41-year-old Hewitt also served in this capacity in 2014.
  • Matt Weiss will transition from cornerback coach to a job working with the linebackers under Don Martindale, who’s been the Ravens’ inside linebacker coach since 2012, Zreibec tweets. Outside linebacker coach Ted Monachino recently signed on as the Colts’ defensive coordinator.
  • Lastly, the Ravens retained and promoted Scott Cohen, who the Browns sought for a front office position, according to Zreibec (via Twtter). He’ll remain in Baltimore and work with opponent analysis.