CHRIS HEWITT enters his eighth season leading Baltimore's secondary. He joined the Ravens as an assistant special teams coach in 2012, a post he held for two years, before earning a promotion to assistant secondary coach in 2014. Hewitt has led Baltimore's secondary since the 2015 campaign, helping the team consistently earn standout defensive rankings. Prior to his Baltimore arrival, Hewitt spent time coaching at the collegiate level, including one year (2003) as Notre Dame's assistant strength and conditioning coach and an eight-year stint (2004-11) at Rutgers.
- With Hewitt at the helm of the secondary (since 2015), Baltimore's defense has ranked at or near the top of the NFL in several categories, including points allowed per game (second – 20.3), yards allowed per game (first – 324.8) and third-down conversion percentage (second – 36.0)...The secondary has also contributed to the NFL's fifth-ranked opponent completion percentage (61.6) and sixth-best opponent passer rating (86.4).
- Hewitt has coached several Pro Bowl defensive backs since 2015, when he started leading Baltimore's group, including Eric Weddle (2016-18), Marlon Humphrey (2019-20), Marcus Peters (2019) and Earl Thomas III (2019).
- In 2020, the Ravens earned their third-straight playoff berth with the help of Hewitt's sixth-ranked pass defense (221.0 ypg)...Baltimore allowed the NFL's second-fewest points per game (18.9), seventh-fewest yards per game (329.8) per game, owned the second-ranked third-down defense (34.0%) and produced a league-high 25 FFs.
- In 2019, Baltimore achieved a franchise-best 14-2 record and earned its second-straight AFC North title...The defense allowed the NFL's third-fewest points per game (17.6), ranked fourth in yards per game (300.6), was No. 6 vs. the pass (207.2 ypg) and recorded the NFL's second-best defensive passer rating (77.5).
- In 2018, the Ravens were the top-overall defense, allowing an NFL-best 292.9 yards per game...Against the pass, Baltimore ranked fifth, allowing 210.0 yards per game, while its 80.6 defensive passer rating stood second..Baltimore also permitted the league's second-fewest points per game (17.9) and finished third in third-down defense (34.1)
2012-21: (with Baltimore) 2021:Coached a secondary that contributed to the Ravens' No. 3 third-down defense (34.8%)...Helped guide rookie DB Brandon Stephens, who saw action in all 17 contests (11 starts) and posted the most tackles (74) by a Ravens' rookie defensive back since S Matt Elam in 2013 (76)...Stephens' 74 tackles stand as the third most by a rookie defensive back in Ravens franchise history, trailing only Elam in 2013 and S Ed Reed in 2012 (80). 2020:The Ravens earned their third-straight playoff berth with the help of Hewitt's sixth-ranked pass defense (221.0 ypg)...Baltimore allowed the NFL's second-fewest points per game (18.9), seventh fewest yards pwer game (329.8) per game, owned the second-ranked third-down defense (34.0%) and produced a league-high 25 FFs...CB Marlon Humphrey made his second-straight Pro Bowl after leading the NFL with a Ravens' single-season record 8 FFs, also registering a team-high 11 PD...CB Marcus Peters tied (two players) to produce the NFL's third-most takeaways (4 INTs & 2 FRs)...S Chuck Clark tallied 96 tackles, 2 FFs, 3 FRs, 1.5 sacks 1 INT and 1 D-TD. 2019: Baltimore achieved a franchise-best 14-2 record and earned its second-straight AFC North title...The defense allowed the NFL's third-fewest points per game (17.6), ranked fourth in yards per game (300.6), was No. 6 vs. the pass (207.2 ypg) and recorded the NFL's second-best defensive passer rating (77.5)...Scored 6 defensive TDs in 2019, including 5 by defensive backs, tied (with '06 and '08) for the second most in franchise history (2004 – 7) and also tied (TB) for the most in the NFL...Three members of the secondary earned Pro Bowl honors: CB Marlon Humphrey (first), CB Marcus Peters (third) and S Earl Thomas III (seventh). 2018:Ravens defense ranked No. 1 (292.9 ypg)...Baltimore, the AFC North division champions, also permitted the league's second-fewest points per game (17.9), just behind Chicago (17.7)...Pass defense ranked fifth, allowing 210.0 yards per game, while the team's 80.6 defensive passer rating was second in the NFL and its 34.1% third-down conversion percentage ranked third...S Eric Weddle was voted to his third-consecutive Pro Bowl. 2017:The Ravens' pass defense finished 10th (213.8 ypg), and Baltimore led the NFL in INTs (22) for the second-straight year...The Ravens ranked No. 1 with a +17 turnover differential...Baltimore also produced the second-most defensive touchdowns (5, tied, Det. & Phi.) and recorded 3 shutouts on the season, the most by a team since 2003 (NE)...S Eric Weddle tallied a team-high 6 INTs en route to earning his second-straight (fifth overall) Pro Bowl selection. 2016:The Ravens' defense ranked seventh overall (322.1 ypg), making Baltimore one of three teams (Den. & Sea.) to finish ranked in the NFL's Top 10 in each season from 2014-16...Baltimore's ninth-ranked pass defense (232.8 ypg) tied (KC & SD) to produce the NFL's most INTs (18)...S Eric Weddle earned Pro Bowl honors, registering a team-high 4 INTs (tied with LB C.J. Mosley) and career-high 13 PD. 2015:Baltimore's eighth-ranked defense (337.4 ypg) allowed a league-best 183.3 passing yards per game in the season's second half and helped permit the NFL's second-fewest total net yards (291.1 ypg) during that span (final eight games). 2014:Even while battling injuries throughout the season (six DBs were placed on Injured Reserve), the Ravens' secondary helped Baltimore's "D" allow the NFL's sixth-fewest points (18.9 ppg) and eighth-fewest yards per game (336.9). 2013:WR/RS Tandon Doss led the NFL in punt return average (15.6)...The Ravens were second in kickoff return average (26.4) and third in punt return average (14.2), posting an NFL-high 12 punt returns of 20-plus yards. 2012:Pro Bowl RS Jacoby Jones led the NFL in KOR average (30.7) and posted a league-best 2 KOR-TDs...Jones tied a league-high 3 kick return TDs (108- and 105-yard KORs and 63-yard PR) and set a Super Bowl record with 290 combined yards, including an NFL-postseason-record 108-yard KOR-TD.
2004-11: (with Rutgers) 2010-11:Was the Scarlet Knights' RBs coach and mentored RB Jawan Jamison, who joined Ray Rice in becoming just the third freshman in Rutgers history to rush for 200 yards in a game. 2008-09:Rutgers ranked second in the Big East in pass defense in 2008 (191.3 ypg) and 2009 (204.5 ypg). 2005-07:Was director of speed and skill development...Aided by Hewitt's training, Rice set all-time school rushing records with 910 attempts for 4,926 yards, 49 TDs and a 90-yard long gain…Rice became the first player in Rutgers history to rush for 1,000-plus yards in three seasons (2005-07). 2004:Joined Rutgers' staff as a graduate assistant.
2003: (with Notre Dame)Served as the assistant strength and conditioning coach.
NFL PLAYER: (1997-99 with New Orleans)Signed with the Saints as a rookie free agent in 1997 and played in 39 games (four starts)…Played defensive back, serving primarily on special teams…Totaled 29 tackles (22 solo) from scrimmage, 3 sacks, 1 PD, 1 FF and 1 FR…Recorded 7 special teams tackles (6 solo) for the Saints' kickoff coverage team that ranked fifth in the NFL in average opponent starting field position (23.8-yard line) in 1998…Was named the NFC Special Teams Player of the Week in Week 12 vs. Seattle (11/16/97) after blocking a punt that led to a crucial field goal.
COLLEGE:Was a four-year letterman at Cincinnati and a two-time All-Conference USA selection (1995-96) as a DB…Played for longtime Ravens special teams coordinator Jerry Rosburg, who was the team's LBs, special teams and secondary coach (1992-95), and John Harbaugh, who was the Bearcats' special teams, TEs, OLBs and RBs coach (1989-94) and assistant head coach (1995-96)…Totaled 80 tackles and 2 INTs in his senior season…Earned a bachelor's degree in criminal justice.
PERSONAL:Participated in the NFL's Minority Coaching Fellowship Program, completing training camp stints with the Ravens (2006 & 2008), Eagles (2005) and Browns (2001)…Played football, basketball and track at Dwight Morrow (Englewood, NJ) HS…Was born in Kingston, Jamaica before moving to New Jersey when he was 5 years old…Chris and his wife, Tanisha, have three daughters (Azia, Briana and Christina) and a son (Christopher, Jr.).
Ravens Announce Four Coaching Changes
Baltimore has promoted Chris Hewitt to secondary coach and Mike Macdonald to defensive backs coach. Drew Wilkins has been promoted to assistant defensive line coach and Juney Barnett has been elevated to strength and conditioning coach.
Ravens Make Several Coaching Moves
Head Coach John Harbaugh has filled the defensive backs and tight ends coaching vacancies.
More Playing Experience Added To Coaching Staff
The Ravens will have five coaches on staff this year with NFL playing experience.