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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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