Craig Ver Steeg

Senior Football Analyst/Game Planning

College: USC

Hometown: Redondo Beach, CA

Experience: 17 years


CRAIG VER STEEG (pronounced ver-STEGG), who owns 39 years of overall coaching experience, is in his 15th year working with the Baltimore offense and his second as the team's running backs coach. 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 players. Prior to the NFL, Ver Steeg guided several players who benefited under his tutelage on the collegiate level, including QB Alex Smith and RB Ray Rice.

·       From 2018-21, Baltimore rushed for 100-plus yards in 43 consecutive games, tying for the longest streak in NFL history (Pit. 43 – 1974-77).

·       Baltimore finished with the NFL's No. 1 rushing attack (191.9 ypg) for the second-straight season in 2020, producing the third-most rushing yards in a 16-game NFL season (3,071).

·       In 2019, the Ravens earned a second-straight AFC North title and a franchise-best 14-2 record. Led by 2019 NFL MVP QB Lamar Jackson, the Ravens ranked No. 1 in points (33.2) and rushing yards (206.0) per game, while they finished No. 2 in total yards (407.6)…Baltimore became the first team ever to average 200 passing and 200 rushing yards per game in a season.

·       Baltimore boasted the NFL's No. 2 rushing attack (152.6 ypg) in 2018.

·       Super Bowl XLVII MVP QB Joe Flacco (2008-18) led the Ravens' offense during much of Ver Steeg's tenure in Baltimore, setting career highs in passing yards (4,317 in '16), TDs (27 in '14) and completion pct. (64.9 in '16).

2008-21: (with Baltimore) 2021: Despite season-ending injuries to RBs J.K. Dobbins, Gus Edwards and Justice Hill prior to Week 1, Baltimore finished with the league's No. 3 rushing attack (145.8 ypg)…Veteran RBs Devonta Freeman (576 – 5 TDs) and Latavius Murray (501 – 6 TDs) combined to rush for over 1,000 yards and 11 TDs. 2020: The Ravens registered an NFL-best six games with at least 200 rushing yards, producing a franchise record 404-yard output in Week 17's victory at Cincinnati…Baltimore tallied the third-most rushing yards (3,071) in a 16-game season, while Dobbins ranked No. 3 among NFL rookies in both rushing yards (805) and rushing TDs (9)…The Ravens had three players – QB Lamar Jackson (1,005), Dobbins (805) and Edwards (723) – rush for over 700 yards each for the second-straight year. 2019: Baltimore set a new NFL single-season rushing record (3,296), besting the 1978 Patriots (3,165)…RB Mark Ingram II, who rushed for 1,018 yards and posted 15 total TDs, tying a single-season team record and ranking fourth overall in the NFL, earned Pro Bowl honors for the third time in his career…Baltimore also set season team records for TDs (64), points (531), net yards (6,521), fewest turnovers (15) and first downs (386), which was eclipsed in 2021 (394). 2018: The Ravens finished second in rushing (152.6 ypg) en route to winning the AFC North title. 2017: Baltimore ranked ninth in points per game (24.7) and seventh (tied) in both fewest giveaways (17) and sacks allowed (27). 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. 2014: Offense set then-single-season franchise marks in total points (409)…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 giveaways, setting a franchise single-season low and tying for the NFL's second fewest en route to winning Super Bowl XLVII. 2009: Assisted with game preparation for a unit that set then-team records for most total TDs (47) and rushing TDs (22).

2003-07: (with Rutgers) 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: Served as offensive coordinator at Rutgers, which finished 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.

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 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 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 (19), who's a freshman wide receiver at Wake Forest.