Charm City has been pulling out the purple carpet to keep welcoming new assistant coaches.
The Baltimore Ravens’ newest and final addition is WR Coach Bobby Engram. Engram has experience in the NFL as a player, but very little as a coach. The Ravens’ receiving corps needs to be put in the best position to succeed. Can a mediocre former NFL WR impact the WRs on the roster positively, or is John Harbaugh just hiring a former San Francisco 49ers coach as a favor to his brother Jim Harbaugh?
When I think of great NFL players who could teach technique and route running, I think of the Ravens’ own Derrick Mason. Who better than to coach up the team’s guys than a player who had the best chemistry with Joe Flacco? I look at Engram compared to Mason, and I see a guy who only broke the 1000-yard threshold once in his NFL career. Mason broke 1000-yards eight times throughout his career; four of those were with the Ravens.
Neither is very experienced as a coach, but I would rather have a guy who runs precise routes, knows how to get open and has the stats to prove it to teach the team’s guys, rather than a mediocre former player with little coaching experience.
Looking at great WR Coaches in this league, there is no better than the Atlanta Falcons’ Terry Robiskie. He became great through experience with the Los Angeles Raiders, Washington Redskins, Miami Dolphins and Cleveland Browns prior to his current position with the Falcons. The reason I am even mentioning Robiskie is because of the experience he has and the lack of experience Engram has as a coach, yet they are both coaching the same position.
I am well aware of Engram’s work with Tyler Boyd from the University of Pittsburgh and the stellar 85 catches for 1,174 yards he had last season, but that was at the college level. Pitt was ranked 54th in receiving last year; this is a porous stat that does not warrant an NFL hiring.
After digging into the stats even more, according to NFL.com, the 49ers’ Offense was ranked 30th in receiving in 2011 under the guidance of Engram as one of their offensive assistants. Between Engram’s hiring and the hiring of a QB coach with no experience in the position, Baltimore may be in for some rough times ahead.