Report: Ravens assistant Joe Cullen to be new Jacksonville defensive coordinator

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Report: Ravens' Joe Cullen to become new DC for Jacksonville originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

Ravens defensive line coach Joe Cullen will head to Jacksonville to be the defensive coordinator as part of Urban Meyer’s new staff, according to multiple reports. The move was first reported by Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic.

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Cullen has been the team’s defensive line coach for five seasons and will be the third coach on the Ravens’ staff to take a promotion this offseason. They lost linebackers coach Mike Macdonald to Michigan and, reportedly, defensive backs coach Jesse Minter to Vanderbilt where they will both be defensive coordinators. 

As Zrebiec pointed out, there’s also the possibility that Cullen takes a Ravens assistant with him to Jacksonville. Pass defense coordinator Chris Hewitt reportedly interviewed for the Jaguars’ defensive coordinator position as well.

The Ravens’ defense ranked 2nd in the league in 2020 in points against (18.9 per game), so while they’ll keep defensive coordinator Don “Wink” Martindale around for another season, they’ll have some significant re-shuffling to do on the defensive staff. 

Quarterbacks coach James Urban also reportedly interviewed for the Detroit Lions’ offensive coordinator position

They could look to Sterling Lucas, a defensive assistant who has been with the organization since 2016 and has worked with the defensive line before. Drew Wilkins, an outside linebackers coach who has been with the team for 11 seasons, could also be an in-house promotion.

Baltimore’s season recently ended against Buffalo in the AFC Divisional Round of the playoffs after a dominant defensive performance fell short in a 17-3 loss.