Baltimore Ravens: Thomas Hammock

The Baltimore Ravens officially announced the hiring of Wisconsin's Thomas Hammock as their running backs coach Thursday.

"Take a look at Thomas’ college résumé," coach John Harbaugh said. "It’s impressive, and it’s clear he can teach, coach and help players become better."

This is the track record that Hammock brings to a Ravens running game that averaged 3.1 yards per carry, the lowest output for any team since the 2007 Chicago Bears:
  • During Hammock's three seasons as Wisconsin's running backs coach, the Badgers ranked third nationally in rushing yards per attempt (5.7), fourth in rushing touchdowns (121) and seventh overall in rushing yards per game (251.1). Wisconsin led the Big Ten in each of these categories during Hammock's time there.
  • Badger running backs eclipsed the 100-yard mark 40 times in Hammock's three years, producing the most 100-yard games of any team in the country since 2011.
  • Hammock has coached the country’s leading rusher twice during his career: Wisconsin's Montee Ball (2011) and Northern Illinois' Garrett Wolfe (2006). Ball, who is in his second season with the Denver Broncos, tied Barry Sanders' NCAA single-season touchdowns record (39) that season.
  • Last season, Wisconsin set a single-season school record with 3,689 rushing yards and ranked eighth nationally after averaging 283.8 rushing yards per game. Melvin Gordon (1,609) and James White (1,444) set the all-time NCAA record for rushing yards by a pair of teammates in a season, combining for 3,053 yards. The tandem made Wisconsin the nation's only team to produce multiple running backs that averaged more than 100 yards per game.

Hammock replaces Wilbert Montgomery, who coached the Ravens' running backs for the past six seasons. This is Hammock's first job in the NFL.

He reportedly chose the Ravens over the Green Bay Packers and an AFC North team, presumably the Cleveland Browns.

“The opportunity to coach at the highest level -- and that’s what the NFL is -- excites me,” Hammock said. “To come to an organization that is committed to winning and has a coaching staff that is so respected is a tremendous opportunity, and I’m looking forward to getting started. Working with Coach Harbaugh, learning the offense and working with Coach [Gary] Kubiak, and then coaching these outstanding Ravens players, is special."
The Baltimore Ravens are close to finalizing their coaching staff.

Wisconsin's Thomas Hammock has been hired to coach the Ravens' running backs, replacing Wilbert Montgomery. It was first reported by CoachingSearch.com (suband was later confirmed by Wisconsin head coach Gary Anderson.

This will be Hammock's first NFL job. He previously coached at Northern Illinois (running backs), Minnesota (running backs and co-offensive coordinator) and Wisconsin (assistant head coach, running backs and recruiting coordinator).

"This is something that Thomas has wanted for a long time," Andersen said. "Some people want to coach professional football. It's been a driving force of his for quite a few years, and it's where he sees the best spot for him and his family, which I have the utmost respect for, the decision that he has to make."

According to CoachingSearch.com, University of Pittsburgh's Bobby Engram has emerged as a strong candidate to coach the Ravens' wide receivers. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review is reporting that Engram is one of three candidates for the job.

In 2011, Engram retired after 15 years as an NFL wide receiver and joined Jim Harbaugh's staff in San Francisco as an offensive assistant. For the past two seasons, he has been the wide receivers coach for Pittsburgh.

The last openings on John Harbaugh's staff has been running backs coach and wide receivers coach.

Here's the rest of your wake-up caw ...
  • Clifton Brown, of Comcast SportsNet, goes over the wide receivers options for the Ravens in free agency. It's the usual suspects: Denver's Eric Decker, New England's Julian Edelman and the New York Giants' Hakeem Nicks.
  • Wide receiver Aaron Mellette announced on Twitter that he's been cleared to resume running. A seventh-round pick a year ago, he made some big catches in the preseason before being placed on injured reserve after the season opener. Mellette underwent arthroscopic knee surgery to address cartilage damage.
  • In the "I wouldn't have believed it unless I saw it" category, Harbaugh reenacted his favorite sports broadcasting call of all time. It comes via the team's official website.
  • Former Ravens offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie told Finsiders.com he doesn't believe his career is over. "I plan on playing for a couple more years and it would be great to just finish my career there where I already have a home," McKinnie said. Good luck with that, Bryant.

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