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  • Assistant Head Coach/Secondary
  • Born: December 8, 1940, Glendale, CA
  • 3rd Year w/Ravens
  • 34th Year Coaching
  • 18th Year NFl
  • Utah State
  • Steve Shafer  

    Steve Shafer is in his 34th year of coaching, his third with the Ravens. Shafer is also the Ravens’ assistant head coach and is responsible for helping head coach Brian Billick in various administrative roles. In 2000, the World Champion Ravens’ defense set 16-game NFL records including fewest points allowed (165) and fewest rushing yards allowed (970). The secondary, led by Pro Bowl’s Rod Woodson, who was named to his ninth Pro Bowl, set a team mark with 23 interceptions and led the NFL with 49 takeaways. The Ravens allowed only 11 TD passes in 20 games (tops in the NFL).

    “I believe Steve is the most fundamentally-sound secondary coach in the NFL,” said Billick. “His experience and background are an invaluable source for our players and other defensive coaches. Steve and I have known each other and shared football ideas for 27 years.”

    Before joining Billick’s staff, Steve tutored the Carolina Panthers’ defensive backs in 1998. The Panthers’ tied for fourth in the NFL that season with 19 interceptions. Steve coached the Oakland Raiders’ secondary for three seasons (1995-97) after serving as defensive coordinator at San Diego State in 1994. He coached the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ defensive backs from 1991-93 and the Los Angeles Rams’ defensive backs from 1983-90.

    Shafer launched his coaching career in 1968 at San Mateo (CA) Junior College, where he was defensive coordinator for five seasons before taking over as head coach for the 1973-74 seasons. He then coached defensive backs at San Diego State from 1975-82.

    Steve was a five-year defensive back for the CFL’s B.C. Lions after being drafted in the 11th round in 1963 by the San Francisco 49ers. He was a quarterback and defensive back at Utah State and College of the Sequoias after graduating from Burbank (CA) High School.

    Steve and his wife, Jane, have a son, Don (6/15/64), and a daughter, Shawn (5/6/67). The Shafers live in Owings Mills, MD.

    Coaching Background: 1968-74 (San Mateo (CA) J.C.); 1975-82, 1994 (San Diego State); 1983-90 (Los Angeles Rams); 1991-93 (Tampa Bay Buccaneers); 1995-97 (Oakland Raiders); 1998 (Carolina Panthers); 1999-2001 (Baltimore Ravens).

    Last updated on 8/22/01.

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