Former Ravens Super Bowl champ returns to Baltimore in new role


Former Baltimore Ravens cornerback Cary Williams returns an interception during the 2013 playoffs.

Former Baltimore Ravens cornerback Cary Williams returned to the team as a trainee coach. by Jeff Zrebiec of The Athleticbringing the winner of Super Bowl XLVII back to Baltimore.

Williams is the latest former Raven to join John Harbaugh’s coaching staff this year along with Zach Orr, Anthony Levine and Sam Koch. Orr was previously an outside linebacker coach for the Jacksonville Jaguars, while Levine and Koch both held positions in Baltimore after retiring in the offseason.

Williams will likely focus on defensive play for the Ravens given his experience as a cornerback. Although he starts as an intern, it is possible for him to move up the ranks in Baltimore. Orr and new defensive coordinator Mike Macdonald started as a coach at Baltimore, Orr as a defensive analyst after retiring in 2017 and Macdonald as an intern in 2014.

The Ravens haven’t released any details about Williams’ internship, but expect more interest in his role if he stays with the team through the 2022 season.

Williams’ story in Baltimore

Williams played for the Ravens from 2009 to 2013 after a brief stint with the Tennessee Titans, who drafted him in the seventh round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He mainly played on special teams in his first year in Baltimore before being suspended for the first two games of the 2010 season for unspecified violations of the league’s personal conduct policy.

A stellar pre-season still earned Williams a spot on the roster as the main special teams contributor – a recurring pattern under John Harbaugh – and he eventually landed a starting cornerback role the following season. He started all 16 games for the Ravens in 2011 and repeated the feat in 2012, racking up a career-high four interceptions in the regular season. He was a crucial defender in Baltimore’s run to Super Bowl XLVII, playing all but three snaps on playoff defense and recording six passes defended and two interceptions, including a fourth-quarter pick from Tom Brady that sealed the game of AFC Championship.

Williams’ strong season earned him a three-year contract with the Philadelphia Eagles. He recorded five interceptions in 2013 and 2014 before being released in 2015. He signed another three-year contract with the Seattle Seahawks but was cut before the end of his first season. He briefly signed with Washington in 2016, but was unable to hold down a roster spot. After little interest from the NFL for a few years, Williams retired as Raven in 2019.

Other Ravens could return as coaches

The Ravens have four former players on their coaching staff, and they could add even more in the future.

All-Pro cornerback Marcus Peters was often seen dragging his teammates to the sidelines last season as he recovered from a torn ACL. He even called plays for defense in one of the Ravens’ preseason games. Peters’ ability to recognize opposing route combinations and anticipate passes has made him a hawk in the NFL, and that could translate into a coaching career.

Veteran linebacker Josh Bynes has been mentioned as a potential future coach after several successful stints at Baltimore, including stabilizing the middle of the defense last year.

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