David Culley has been hired as Assistant Head Coach/Receivers/Passing Coordinator, the Ravens announced Tuesday.
“We are very pleased to add David Culley to our staff,” Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh said. “He is highly respected throughout the league as a teacher, game-planner and motivator.
"As [Offensive Coordinator] Greg [Roman] and I moved forward with a review and preview of our offense, we both wanted to add the very best coach in this area possible. With David joining us, we have done that. His overall NFL and coaching experience and abilities will help us immensely.”
Culley spent the past two seasons as the Buffalo Bills’ quarterbacks coach and was a longtime NFL assistant coaching wide receivers under Andy Reid with the Philadelphia Eagles (1990-2012) and Kansas City Chiefs (2013-16). Culley also previously coached wide receivers for the Pittsburgh Steelers (1996-1998) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1994-1995).
The 63-year-old Culley worked with Harbaugh for 10 years, when both were assistant coaches under Reid in Philadelphia. Culley joined Reid in Kansas City when he became the Chiefs' head coach in 2013. Reid is known for having one of the NFL’s most creative passing attacks, and this season, the Chiefs led the NFL in total offense and finished third in passing yards. Culley left Kansas City to take the quarterbacks coach job in Buffalo in hopes of climbing the coaching ladder.
Harbaugh said he planned to build the offense “from the ground up” this offseason, with 22-year-old quarterback Lamar Jackson as the centerpiece. Adding Culley to the staff is part of that process.
Culley will play a role in designing the offense, as the Ravens look to develop Jackson as a quarterback while expanding their passing game. Culley spent the past season in Buffalo working with another athletic young quarterback, Josh Allen, who had 631 rushing yards as a rookie, second among quarterbacks behind Jackson (695 yards).
The Ravens have made several offensive coaching staff changes this offseason. Earlier this month, Greg Roman was promoted to offensive coordinator, replacing former offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg. Bobby Engram has shifted from wide receivers coach to tight ends coach. The Ravens have not yet replaced former running backs coach Thomas Hammock, who left to become head coach at Northern Illinois.