Last year at this time, Greg Mattison was the defensive line coach for the Florida Gators and was busy putting down rumors that he was headed to the NFL after Signing Day to prospects like Omar Hunter. Oddly enough, Mattison ended up with Ravens a few days after Signing Day anyway. Weird huh? Anyway, now after just one season as the defensive line coach for the Baltimore Ravens, the former Irish defensive coordinator has been promoted to the same position with the Ravens.
That’s right. Greg Mattison is now running one of the best defenses in the NFL. That’s quite an ascension in just twelve months time. Mattison has been entrusted to run the Ravens nasty defense after just one season of NFL coaching experience. If the Ravens are able to resign their free agent linebackers – Ray Lewis, Bart Scott, and Terrell Suggs; Mattison will have some of the best talent in the NFL to work with. If they are unable to, Mattison is going to be in a very tight spot.
Interestingly enough, all three of the Ravens previous defensive coordinators have went on to be head coaches in the NFL – Marvin Lewis, Mike Nolan, and Rex Ryan. Could Mattison be the next in line? Greg Mattison, NFL Head Coach? Who’d have thunk it?