Patrick Mahomes beatdown may help respected NFL coach join Ravens in 2024

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The Baltimore Ravens have seen yet another mass exodus from their coach staff, specifically on the defensive side of the ball. Losing Mike Macdonald, who became head coach of the Seattle Seahawks, was just the first salvo in what has been a very difficult offseason for Baltimore.

Assistant head coach and defensive line coach Anthony Weaver was named defensive coordinator of the Miami Dolphins, and defensive backs coach Dennard Wilson became defensive coordinator with the Tennessee Titans. In a strange twist of fate, a perfect Ravens assistant may have just become available thanks to Patrick Mahomes and the hated Kansas City Chiefs.

After the Chiefs' miracle comeback in Super Bowl LVIII, the San Francisco 49ers pinned the majority of the blame on defensive coordinator Steve Wilks. Kyle Shanahan and John Lynch dismissed Wilks despite some impressive defensive numbers, making him as available as ever.

While Zach Orr has already been installed as the defensive coordinator, he is just 30 years old and has never called defensive plays before. Getting an experienced voice with championship experience and a history of connecting with players in the room is never a bad idea for a contending team.

Baltimore Ravens should hire Steve Wilks after undeserved SB firing

Everywhere Wilks has called plays as a coordinator at the professional level (save for his Browns cameo), he's had some level of success, particularly when it comes to stopping opposing quarterbacks. San Francisco was once again one of the toughest teams to throw on last season.

Given his background in coaching defensive backs, Wilks coming in as a defensive backs coach or senior defensive assistant if he doesn't find full-time DC work would be a home-run hire. Losing two top coaches in one fell swoop would hurt anyone, let alone those two coaches being Macdonald and Wilson.

While Shanahan and the 49ers did allow Mahomes to score on each of his final four possessions in the game, it is tough for Wilks to lose his job after only giving up 19 points in regulation to the dynamo that is Mahomes. After all, Robert Saleh got a head coaching gig after a similar showing on the game's biggest stage.

If Baltimore is of the mindset that Shanahan is scapegoating Wilks in an effort to shift blame after the loss, they need to be all over him. Joining the Ravens will give him yet another chance to compete for a Super Bowl, even if it's in a more supplementary or advisory role next to Orr.