The Baltimore Ravens made two moves with their coaching staff and neither come as a surprise.
The Ravens named Steve Spagnuolo their secondary coach after he spent a season as their senior defensive assistant. They also hired Brian Pariani as their tight ends coach.
It's long been speculated that Spagnuolo would replace Teryl Austin, who became the Detroit Lions' defensive coordinator, as the Ravens' secondary coach. Pariani is the second assistant to follow offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak from the Houston Texans and he may not be the last.
Spagnuolo, 54, who was head coach of the St. Louis Rams (2009-11), is a position coach for the first time since he was the Philadelphia Eagles' linebackers coach in 2006. He also has experience as a defensive backs coach, serving in that role for the Eagles from 2001-03.
"How fortunate are we to have a former NFL head coach, former defensive coordinator and secondary coach become the Ravens' coach for our defensive backs?" head coach John Harbaugh said in a statement released by the team. "Steve is one of the outstanding teachers in the NFL, and he already worked with our defensive staff and players last season as a senior assistant. Our players respect him, and a number of our veteran defensive backs recently said to me that they wanted Steve to coach them."
Parini finished his eighth season as the Texans' tight ends coach. He joins quarterbacks coach Rick Dennison as coaches hired by the Ravens this week who have experience in Kubiak's offensive system.
"Brian has earned a reputation as one of the NFL's top tight ends coaches, and we're excited that he was available and willing to join us," Harbaugh said. "Another factor that immediately makes him valuable to us is his familiarity with the offense we want to run. We are making changes on offense, and Brian will be able to help teach and implement them."
Parini replaces Wade Harman, who had been the longest-tenured coach in franchise history. Harman completed his 15th season with the Ravens and is the only coach to serve on both of the Ravens' Super Bowl teams.
There has been no announcement on whether wide receivers coach Jim Hostler will remain with the team. He could decide to go elsewhere after being turned down in the Ravens' offensive coordinator search.
The only current opening on the Ravens staff is running backs coach.