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Former Ravens coach Brian Billick joins Arizona State; All NFL Awards for 3 Ravens | NOTES

Former Ravens coach Brian Billick has joined Arizona State as an offensive analyst and advisor to head coach Herm Edwards, the Sun Devils announced Monday.

Billick, who coached the Ravens from 1999 to 2007 and won Super Bowl XXXV, will be reunited with his former defensive coordinator Marvin Lewis, who serves on the staff as Edwards’ special assistant. Billick said in a statement that Arizona State was contacted two weeks ago when he was coaching the Hula Bowl, an all-star college football game.

“I have known Coach Edwards for over 40 years, and Ray Anderson and Marvin Lewis for almost as long,” Billick said in a statement. “I really enjoyed communicating with the players and helping them to reveal their abilities. They offered me this opportunity to have another pair of eyes watch and appreciate Sun Devil football and I thought it was the right time for me to take that step.

“I love what they do at ASU. It’s all about the structure of the NFL, and hopefully that’s what I can offer at ASU. My work for the past 12 years in television at Fox and the NFL Network has allowed me to take a step back and look at the game from a different angle. It has broadened my perspective and that is what I will bring to this position.”

Edwards said Billick, who recently worked as an analyst for the NFL Network and contributed to the Ravens’ website, “has earned one of the best reputations the NFL has ever known as a head coach, assistant coach and respected coach.” television analyst. Brian has one of the brightest attacking minds in today’s football and that’s why I hired him. He will serve as a valuable resource for our entire coaching staff, but especially for our attacking staff.”

Edwards, who was the head coach of the New York Jets and Kansas City Chiefs in the 2000s, scored 25-18 points in four seasons at Arizona State. The Sunny Devils finish the season 8-5, including a 6-3 mark in Pac-12 Conference play.

More Trio Awards

After earning First Team All-Pro honors earlier this month, Ravens tight end Mark Andrews, kicker Justin Tucker and punt returner Devin DuVernay were named to the All-NFL and All-AFC teams on Monday by Pro Football Writers of America.

Andrews led all NFL titles in receptions (107) and receiving yards (1,361) and set franchise records for receiving in both categories. This season, Tucker made 35 of 37 field goals and 32 of 32 on extra points. Meanwhile, DuVernay led the league with 13.9 yards per punt return.

Tucker was named the PFWA All-NFL for four consecutive seasons. This is the first such honor for Andrews and DuVernay.

Former Ravens offside linebacker Matthew Judon was named an All-AFC after an outstanding first season with the New England Patriots. Former Maryland quarterback JC Jackson, now a star of the Patriots, was also named an All-AFC.

Wolfe had surgery

Ravens linebacker Derek Wolfe, who missed the 2021 season with back and hip injuries, tweeted on Monday that he is “on the mend” following successful hip surgery.

Wolfe, who signed a three-year, $12 million contract last offseason, including $8.5 million guaranteed, was injured during a joint practice session with the Carolina Panthers in August. He briefly returned to training at the end of October, but never made the Ravens’ 53-man roster.

“He’s not in a place where he can play,” coach John Harbaugh said in mid-November.

In 2020, Wolfe’s first season in Baltimore, he had 51 tackles (six for a loss), one sack and four quarterback hits in 14 games, eight of which he started.

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