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Baltimore Ravens Hire Ex-Giant Sam Madison as Part of Bill Walsh NFL Minority Coaching Fellowship

June 11th, 2014 at 1:00 PM
By Dan Benton

Retired New York Giants cornerback Sam Madison is still working to become a coach in the NFL, and one year after joining Big Blue for a three-week coaching program throughout training camp, Madison has now been hired by the Baltimore Ravens as part of the Bill Walsh NFL Minority Coaching Fellowship.

“My eventual goal is to coach DBs in the National Football League,” Madison said last year.

The Bill Walsh NFL Minority Coaching Fellowship, which is administered through the NFL's Player Engagement Department, aims to increase the number of full-time minorities league-wide. It was a program introduced by Bill Walsh in 1987 when he brought in a large group of minority coaches in to gain experience during San Francisco 49ers training camp.

17 years later and all 32 NFL teams participate in the Bill Walsh NFL Minority Coaching Fellowship.

In addition to Madison, the Ravens also hired former NFL wide receiver Donte Stallworth, Richan Gaskins from Gallaudet University and Tsuyoshi Kawata from Stanford.

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4 Responses to “Baltimore Ravens Hire Ex-Giant Sam Madison as Part of Bill Walsh NFL Minority Coaching Fellowship”

  1.  fanfor55years says:

    fanfor55years says:
    June 11, 2014 at 1:01 PM
    Big Blue, you may prove right (by the way, I think we’re a year or two away from a really good team that should be thought to be in the real mix for a ring, so we don’t disagree there), but I think you are underestimating this year’s team and overestimating our Division. That would be a natural response to the garbage and rot we’ve all seen from the Giants the past two seasons, but the past is past. This is a VERY different roster and will have a VERY different offense. I do not think one can overestimate the difference that getting away from Kevin Gilbride will make on the offense. His was old, tired, predictable and not attuned to the players who were available and what they could actually do in 2012-2013. McAdoo comes in beholden to no one and having taken a fresh look at the players as well as coming from a system that had a radically different approach to offense but was still very successful because they had a top quarterback who could run a complex offense based upon quick reads and a lot of options at the line of scrimmage, as do we.

    Where you and I clearly disagree is in regard to the defense. It played pretty well last season, especially against the run, and while the pundits insist it has been savaged by the loss of Tuck and Joseph I could not disagree more. This defense HAS to be much better this season because the back seven is much better and the front four really should be at least as good, and likely significantly better since they got next to NOTHING from JPP last season and should see a dramatic turnaround in that regard. I’m no Pollyanna, but I just don’t think it’s a good argument that this defense will be weak. They were good enough to win more games than were won last season, and it should only get better (the loss of Hill is big and the ONLY one about which I worry, but a combination of Brown and the acquisition of DRC more than offsets that, and when you add Thurmond we’re in a whole new ballpark).

    I think we’ll be very competitive and have a very good shot at winning the division. And this team should get better as time goes on and Eli gets used to manipulating a more dynamic offense. That and what I think will be special teams that should be an order of magnitude better could make them a tough out in the playoffs if they get there. There’s hope for this team. And if they fall short at least we’ll have the pleasure of seeing the first step in the “rebuild-on-the-fly”. I’m really excited about the 2014 season.

    •  BigBlueGiant says:

      I’m not underestimating the Defense at all. I think we’ll be strong against the run again, and should better in the secondary. But Where i think we are weak is the pass rush. I’m just not confident in any of our pass rushers.

      I know everyone here thinks that JPP is going to come back strong since he’s “healthy”, but the past TWO years, he’s been nothing but average. And I have my concerns about him going forward because of his lack of production the past two seasons. If he’s our MAIN pass rusher and amassed an astounding 8 sacks in the past 2 years, well, I think we’re going to be in trouble in that regard. Let’s just hope that it really was injuries that were holding him back and not a flash in the pan season.

      In all reality, shall JPP not return to form, Moore might be our BEST natural pass rusher, and we really don’t know much about what he can really do out there. That most definitely concerns me.

      •  fanfor55years says:

        Well, the “hurdle” that has to be jumped to have a better pass rush than over the past two seasons (and most of the 2011 season as well) is pretty damned low. So I think it’s almost unquestionable that we will have a better defense than we had last season, when the defense was NOT the reason we lost so many games (though a few well-timed stops would have been nice).

        The special teams should be light years ahead of last season both in returns and coverage.

        The offense would be better if they had ONLY brought in Schwartz, Walton and Richburg, but they hired McAdoo and dumped Gilbride and are replacing a disinterested Nicks with a very promising Beckham and a battered running corps with some pretty good players and possibly adding back Wilson with a coach and a scheme that should actually make good use of his talent instead of insisting he do what is the antithesis of what he should be asked to do. Heck, if only because in McAdoo’s system there are more short drops by Eli and fewer reads that have to be coordinated between young (or dumb) receivers and the quarterback, the offense would be much better.

        Anyway I look at it, all three parts of the team will be better in 2014 than was the case in 2012-2013. And that’s a very good start in the right direction.

  2.  Krow says:

    I’m not one to deny that there’s discrimination in the world. There is .. and we need to address it. But if there’s any venue where minorities actually dominate it’s sports. OK, maybe every isolated aspect of sports doesn’t hit the quota number. You seldom see an Asian batboy for instance. Or a female QB. But overall it’s vastly exceeded. Seems to me they’d be better off expending their efforts elsewhere. Sam Madison is a multi-millionaire … and hardly a victim of any sort of bias.

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