INDIANAPOLIS -- A reporter for the Baltimore Sun tweeted from Baltimore's "State of the Ravens" press conference Thursday afternoon that the team's LB coach is going to be the Indianapolis Colts' new defensive coordinator.
Harbaugh said that Ted Monachino will be the defensive coordinator of the Colts.
— Jeff Zrebiec (@jeffzrebiecsun) January 7, 2016
Monachino, 49, spent six seasons working with the Ravens' linebackers under head coach John Harbaugh, including leading OLB Terrell Suggs to a 2011 Defensive Player of the Year award. He also coached Pro Bowlers Elvis Dumervil and LB C.J. Mosley from the time he was a rookie.
In 2014 with Monachino on board, Baltimore racked up the NFL’s second-most sacks, claimed the No. 2 red zone defense and allowed the fourth-fewest rushing yards per game. Dumervil and Suggs also combined to produce the most QB drops among NFL duos. Monachino also helped the Ravens to the NFL's third-best defense in points allowed in the 2011 season.
He started his professional career with Jacksonville in 2006, working to develop their defensive ends before becoming their defensive line coach. Prior to that, he worked with various college and high school programs.
The Colts need all the help they can get on defense, coming off a season in which they ranked 26th in yards allowed in the NFL out of 32 teams this past season, and 25th in points allowed, giving up an average of 25.5 per game.