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Craig Ver Steeg
Senior Offensive Assistant
Age:
57
College:
USC
Hometown:
Redondo Beach, CA
Experience:
11

Biography

Craig Ver Steeg (pronounced ver-STEGG) is in his 10th year working with the Ravens’ offense. Ver Steeg, who owns 34 years of coaching experience, has an extensive background working with quarterbacks, receivers and running backs – and helping them succeed. As one of John Harbaugh’s original coaching hires (2008), Ver Steeg has assisted Ravens offenses in numerous areas, including game preparation, game and practice analysis and guiding individual players.

Additional Coaching HighlightsSuper Bowl XLVII MVP QB Joe Flacco has led the Ravens’ offense during Ver Steeg’s tenure in Baltimore (2008-16), setting career highs in passing yards (4,317 in 2016), TDs (27 in 2014) and completion percentage (64.9 in 2016). In 2014, the Ravens set single-season franchise marks with 409 points and 5,838 total yards. Prior to entering the NFL, Ver Steeg guided several players who benefited under his tutelage on the collegiate level, including QB Alex Smith (Chiefs) and RB Ray Rice.

2008-16:(with Baltimore) 2016: QB Joe Flacco set a career and Ravens single-season high with 4,317 passing yards and a 64.9 completion percentage. 2015: Behind four different starting QBs for the first time in team history, Baltimore posted the NFL’s No. 8-ranked passing offense (266.9 ypg), including a franchise-record 4,271 net passing yards...Flacco sustained a season-ending knee injury in his 122nd-consecutive start (fifth-longest streak in NFL history). 2014: Offense set single-season franchise marks in total points (409), road points (206) and total yards (5,838)...WR Torrey Smith recorded 11 TD receptions, the second most in team history (Michael Jackson, 14 in 1996)...Baltimore’s 19 sacks allowed were the second fewest both in the NFL in ‘14 and in team history...Pro Bowl RB Justin Forsett produced a career-best 1,266 rushing yards and led the NFL in runs of 20-plus yards (team-record 17). 2012: Baltimore surrendered just 16 give-aways, setting a franchise single-season low and tying for the NFL’s second fewest. 2009: Assisted with game preparation for a unit that set team records for most total TDs (47) and most rushing TDs (22). 2008: Joined the Ravens as offensive assistant.

2007: Served as RBs coach, guiding Ravens 2008 second-round draft pick and All-American RB Ray Rice, who rushed for a school-record 2,012 yards and 24 TDs on 380 carries (154.8 ypg)…Rice finished his career holding several Rutgers records, including career yards rushing (4,926), career rushing TDs (49) and single-game rushing yards (280). 2005: Rutgers was second in the Big East in both total offense (406.3 ypg) and passing (234.6 ypg). 2004: Scarlet Knights boasted the nation’s No. 6 overall and Big East’s top-ranked passing attack (310.5 ypg).

2001-02: (with Utah) Served as offensive coordinator/QBs…Helped recruit the No. 1 overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft, QB Alex Smith, to Utah…Utah’s offense improved 50-or-more spots nationally in nearly every offensive category. 2001: Returned to Utah for his second stint at the school.

1997-2000: (with Illinois)Served as QBs coach and recruiting coordinator for four years for the Illini.

1996: (with Chicago) Under Dave Wannstedt, worked with the Bears’ QBs as an offensive asst./quality control coach.

1994-95: (with Harvard) Served as the passing game coordinator, QBs and WRs coach and recruiting coordinator.

1990-93: (with Cincinnati) Spent four years on the Cincinnati coaching staff with John Harbaugh...Coached QBs, WRs and served as recruiting coordinator.

1986-89: (with Utah) 1989: As the school’s assistant QBs coach, he worked with NCAA record-setting QB Scott Mitchell, who went on to play 12 NFL seasons...Also served as Utah’s recruiting coordinator and graduate assistant/QBs.

1984-85: (with USC) Launched his coaching career at his alma mater as a graduate assistant.

College: Graduated from USC in 1983 and later received his master’s degree in education from USC in 1986.

Personal: Attended Redondo (Redondo Beach, CA) HS, where he was later hired as an assistant coach (1980-82) while attending USC…Lettered in football as a DB and wrestled all four years…Craig and his wife, Lisa, have a son, Ian (13).

Craig Ver Steeg (pronounced ver-STEGG) is in his 10th year working with the Ravens’ offense. Ver Steeg, who owns 34 years of coaching experience, has an extensive background working with quarterbacks, receivers and running backs – and helping them succeed. As one of John Harbaugh’s original coaching hires (2008), Ver Steeg has assisted Ravens offenses in numerous areas, including game preparation, game and practice analysis and guiding individual players.

Additional Coaching HighlightsSuper Bowl XLVII MVP QB Joe Flacco has led the Ravens’ offense during Ver Steeg’s tenure in Baltimore (2008-16), setting career highs in passing yards (4,317 in 2016), TDs (27 in 2014) and completion percentage (64.9 in 2016). In 2014, the Ravens set single-season franchise marks with 409 points and 5,838 total yards. Prior to entering the NFL, Ver Steeg guided several players who benefited under his tutelage on the collegiate level, including QB Alex Smith (Chiefs) and RB Ray Rice.

2008-16:(with Baltimore) 2016: QB Joe Flacco set a career and Ravens single-season high with 4,317 passing yards and a 64.9 completion percentage. 2015: Behind four different starting QBs for the first time in team history, Baltimore posted the NFL’s No. 8-ranked passing offense (266.9 ypg), including a franchise-record 4,271 net passing yards...Flacco sustained a season-ending knee injury in his 122nd-consecutive start (fifth-longest streak in NFL history). 2014: Offense set single-season franchise marks in total points (409), road points (206) and total yards (5,838)...WR Torrey Smith recorded 11 TD receptions, the second most in team history (Michael Jackson, 14 in 1996)...Baltimore’s 19 sacks allowed were the second fewest both in the NFL in ‘14 and in team history...Pro Bowl RB Justin Forsett produced a career-best 1,266 rushing yards and led the NFL in runs of 20-plus yards (team-record 17). 2012: Baltimore surrendered just 16 give-aways, setting a franchise single-season low and tying for the NFL’s second fewest. 2009: Assisted with game preparation for a unit that set team records for most total TDs (47) and most rushing TDs (22). 2008: Joined the Ravens as offensive assistant.

2007: Served as RBs coach, guiding Ravens 2008 second-round draft pick and All-American RB Ray Rice, who rushed for a school-record 2,012 yards and 24 TDs on 380 carries (154.8 ypg)…Rice finished his career holding several Rutgers records, including career yards rushing (4,926), career rushing TDs (49) and single-game rushing yards (280). 2005: Rutgers was second in the Big East in both total offense (406.3 ypg) and passing (234.6 ypg). 2004: Scarlet Knights boasted the nation’s No. 6 overall and Big East’s top-ranked passing attack (310.5 ypg).

2001-02: (with Utah) Served as offensive coordinator/QBs…Helped recruit the No. 1 overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft, QB Alex Smith, to Utah…Utah’s offense improved 50-or-more spots nationally in nearly every offensive category. 2001: Returned to Utah for his second stint at the school.

1997-2000: (with Illinois)Served as QBs coach and recruiting coordinator for four years for the Illini.

1996: (with Chicago) Under Dave Wannstedt, worked with the Bears’ QBs as an offensive asst./quality control coach.

1994-95: (with Harvard) Served as the passing game coordinator, QBs and WRs coach and recruiting coordinator.

1990-93: (with Cincinnati) Spent four years on the Cincinnati coaching staff with John Harbaugh...Coached QBs, WRs and served as recruiting coordinator.

1986-89: (with Utah) 1989: As the school’s assistant QBs coach, he worked with NCAA record-setting QB Scott Mitchell, who went on to play 12 NFL seasons...Also served as Utah’s recruiting coordinator and graduate assistant/QBs.

1984-85: (with USC) Launched his coaching career at his alma mater as a graduate assistant.

College: Graduated from USC in 1983 and later received his master’s degree in education from USC in 1986.

Personal: Attended Redondo (Redondo Beach, CA) HS, where he was later hired as an assistant coach (1980-82) while attending USC…Lettered in football as a DB and wrestled all four years…Craig and his wife, Lisa, have a son, Ian (13).

 

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