Ravens Hire Personal Pass-Rush Coach of Steelers Cam Heyward, Alex Highsmith
Pass-rush coach Chuck Smith, who worked with several Pittsburgh Steelers players as a personal pass-rush coach, has been hired as outside linebackers coach by the Baltimore Ravens, the team announced on Wednesday.
Smith, sometimes known as Dr. Rush, has worked extensively with Steelers players in the offseason on improving their pass-rush moves and repertoires, specifically with Cam Heyward and Alex Highsmith.
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Smith, an Athens, Georgia native that played most of his NFL career with the Atlanta Falcons, has been working as a personal position coach in the Atlanta area for a long time and has worked with Heyward since his high school days.
Heyward also personally introduced Highsmith to Smith. Highsmith developed his spin move while in college by watching Smith’s videos.
The Ravens have been revamping to their coaching staff this offseason. They also hire former Philadelphia Eagles defensive backs coach Dennard Wilson this week.
“Chuck is a proven and highly-respected pass rush coach who many pro and collegiate players have sought guidance from,” Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said. “He brings unique insight, experience and passion to the Ravens, and we’re confident that he’ll have a great impact on our outside linebackers group.”
The team also promoted Tee Martin to quarterbacks coach and hired former Oregon and Florida State head coach Willie Taggart as running backs coach.