Ravens hire former Texans defensive coordinator Anthony Weaver as d-line coach

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By SportsRadio 610

(SportsRadio 610) -- With the Texans set to hire a new head coach, it stood to reason there would be major changes to the rest of their coaching staff.

The first shakeup among assistant coaches is the departure of defensive coordinator Anthony Weaver, who's been hired to become the Baltimore Ravens' defensive line coach.

Weaver is the Ravens' d-line coach and run game coordinator.

Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle first reported the news.

In his first and only season as Texans defensive coordinator, the Texans' defense was among the worst in the league. They gave up more yards on the ground than any team in football (2,564).

Still, Weaver has been widely regarded as an up-and-coming coaching prospect.

When asked last month for his honest assessment of the Texans' defense, he acknowledged there is a lot of work to do.

"Obviously, there's holes and the record says that," Weaver said of the Texans, who finished 4-12. "I think we are team that's transitioning. I think we have a bunch of players that care and want to do all they can to help the team win, but we need help. We need help and it's not about anything we don't have here now. But we need help on defense, on offense, just to inject energy into this team and try to help us win."

Weaver was drafted by the Ravens in the second round of the 2002 NFL Draft and played there through the 2005 season. He spent the next three seasons with the Texans before retiring.

Since then, Weaver's coached under Urban Meyer (graduate assistant at Florida in 2010); Rex Ryan (defensive line coach for the New York Jets in 2012 ); and Mike Pettine (defensive line coach for the Browns in 2014 and 2015) before joining the Texans' coaching staff.

The new Texans coach could decide to keep offensive coordinator Tim Kelly, who has been endorsed publicly by quarterback Deshaun Watson.