Breaking News: GM Eric DeCosta Confirms Another Big Addition for the Baltimore Ravens Ahead of the 2024 NFL Season…

The Baltimore Ravens are gearing up for the 2024 season with a notable new addition to their coaching staff. Zach Orr, a familiar name to Ravens fans, has been appointed as the team’s new defensive coordinator. Orr, who previously served as the Ravens’ linebackers coach, was also a key player for the team during the 2016 season. He has expressed confidence in his new role under head coach John Harbaugh, as reported by NBC Sports.

“Coach [John] Harbaugh does a great job of putting us in these game-like situations, even as play-callers and as coaches,” Orr said Thursday. “We always do ‘move the ball,’ [and] we do ‘call-it periods,’ where there is no script, you have to call it, and you have to think on the fly and use your play-calling sheet.”

Orr emphasized the importance of preparation and mental rehearsal. “I just go back and — when I’m watching the film or watching games from last year — just look at how I would call it, looking at the situation [and] trying to put myself in those shoes. And then, just before practice, just reviewing my play-call sheet and just trying to play out scenarios in my head that could possibly come up.”

Bringing a Player Perspective to Coaching

Orr’s journey from player to coach is notable. He was a crucial part of the Ravens’ 2016 defense, starting 15 games before transitioning into a defensive analyst role. His dual perspective as a former player and now a coach provides him with unique insights.

“When you’re a player, a lot of times, you think you have all the answers,” Orr said. “You’re like, ‘Man, we could do this, we could do that.’ But when you step back and you become a coach and you become a play-caller, you kind of see the bigger picture of things. You’re not just thinking about your one particular area or position that you’re playing — you take a step back and think about the whole game.”

Orr faces a significant challenge in his first regular-season game as defensive coordinator against Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs. Reflecting on Harbaugh’s advice, Orr noted, “Everybody in this league is good, and if you’re not prepared and you’re not doing things the right way, you’ll lose and get your butt kicked by anybody in this league. So you respect the guys. … We respect the team, the quarterbacks, the coordinators that we’re going to face as a defense, but we honestly believe that if we prepare the right way, we play how we’re supposed to play, it’s not going to really matter who we’re playing or when we’re playing them.”

Former Ravens linebacker named new defensive coordinator

Harbaugh Praises Orr’s Intelligence and Preparation

Orr follows in the footsteps of former Ravens linebackers coaches like Mike Macdonald, Wink Martindale, and Dean Pees, who also ascended to the role of defensive coordinator. Harbaugh highlighted Orr’s intelligence and preparation, particularly noting the advantage of his experience as a linebackers coach.

“Zach is super talented and super enthusiastic,” Harbaugh said. “He’s very smart. He has prepared for that job. He’s in the middle of the defense. I think when you’re a linebackers coach, that’s an advantage because you’re in the middle of the defense and you understand the whole defense inside and out.”

“The support he’s going to get will also contribute to his success,” Harbaugh continued. “There’s no reason not to put Zach in that position in my mind right now, and I think he’ll do a great job.”

Ravens Aim for Another Successful Year

The Ravens are aiming for another successful year after finishing last season with the No. 1 seed, a division title, and a 13-4 record. However, their season ended with a loss to the Chiefs in the conference championship. Their first game of the upcoming season will be a rematch against the Chiefs on Thursday, September 5.

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