Joe Cullen

Defensive Line Coach

College: Massachusetts

Experience: 14 years


JOE CULLEN enters his fifth year as the Ravens' defensive line coach. A defensive line specialist, Cullen has 31 years of coaching experience, including 13 in the NFL with five teams (Bal., TB, Cle., Jax. and Det.). In 2019, the Ravens upheld Baltimore's strong defensive tradition, allowing the NFL's third-fewest points (17.6) and fourth-fewest net yards (300.6) per game. Led by strong play from the defensive front, the team also ranked No. 5 against the run (93.4 ypg) and No. 6 vs. the pass (207.2 ypg). In 2018, the Ravens produced the NFL's No. 1 defense, allowing 292.9 yards per game. Baltimore also permitted the league's second-fewest points per game (17.9), ranked third in third-down defense (34.1) and was fourth in rushing yards allowed (82.9 ypg). Standout DT Brandon Williams earned his first Pro Bowl, while DT Michael Pierce received high grades from various analytic outlets. In 2017, Cullen guided a D-line that contributed to Baltimore allowing just 18.9 points per game (NFL's sixth-best mark) and tied for 11th with 41 sacks. In 2016, Cullen guided a D-line that contributed to Baltimore allowing just 89.4 rushing yards per game (NFL's fifth-best mark). Led by Williams, the Ravens extended their NFL record to 21-consecutive seasons of not permitting over 4.0 yards per carry (3.7 in 2016). Williams, named a second alternate to the Pro Bowl in 2016, ranked third among all NFL nose tackles by posting 51 total tackles, while DT Timmy Jernigan tallied 5 sacks (second on the team and tied for third among AFC DTs).