Matt Weiss has been named the Ravens’ new running backs coach, Head Coach John Harbaugh announced Friday. There are no more vacancies on Harbaugh’s 2019 coaching staff.
The 35-year-old Weiss has spent the past 10 seasons on Baltimore’s coaching staff, most recently serving as football strategy coordinator while assisting Bobby Engram coaching wide receivers. Engram has shifted from wide receivers to tight ends. Weiss replaces former running backs coach Thomas Hammock, who departed to become the head coach at Northern Illinois University.
The Ravens’ running back corps will be especially crucial moving forward considering Baltimore’s offense will lean more heavily on the ground game behind quarterback Lamar Jackson. Gus Edwards and Kenneth Dixon became a strong 1-2 punch last year, and the Ravens could bolster the unit this offseason.
Weiss has detailed knowledge of how the Ravens operate on many levels. As part of his football strategy duties, he was responsible for leading the coaching staff’s analytics department, advising Harbaugh on game management and scripting the team’s situational football practice periods.
“Matt’s wide-ranging knowledge of the game will serve as a tremendous asset to our running backs group,” Harbaugh stated. “He is a thorough, bright and creative coach who will help our offense attain the high standard we’ve set out to achieve.”
From 2016-17, Weiss worked with the quarterbacks as an offensive assistant. Prior to joining the offense, he coached defense in a variety of roles working with cornerbacks (2015), linebackers (2014) and defensive quality control (2012-14).
Weiss joined the Ravens in 2009. He spent four years at Stanford as a defensive/special teams assistant (2008) and as a graduate assistant (2005-07). Weiss played collegiality at Vanderbilt (2001-04), where he earned a degree in economics. He later obtained a master’s degree in liberal arts from Stanford (2008).