Former Philadelphia Eagles defensive backs coach Dennard Wilson wasn’t unemployed for very long. Two days after he and Philly reportedly went their separate ways, the Baltimore Ravens, on the same day they announced they would franchise Lamar Jackson, have also shared, via their official Twitter account, that Wilson will join Jim Harbaugh’s staff as their defensive backs coach.
This is a homecoming of sorts for Wilson who’s a proud alum of both DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, Maryland and the University of Maryland.
Dennard played both cornerback and safety for the Terrapins from 2000 until 2003 and appeared in 42 games with 30 career starts at the collegiate level. He lettered all for years and spent time with Washington as a professional before an injury led him to the next stage in his football life coaching.
Another Eagles assistant lands in the AFC. Dennard Wilson joins the Ravens.
Dennard Wilson’s coaching career began in 2012 when he accepted a job to join what was then the Saint Louis Rams. He was a defensive quality control coach at that time. Four years later, he was promoted and became a defensive backs coach. He was with the Rams when they moved to Los Angeles in 2016.
In 2017, Wilson moved to the other side of the country to join the New York Jets. He was there for two seasons as their defensive backs coach before adding the title of the Jets passing game coordinator to his resume in 2019. He served in that role for two more seasons.
In 2021, Wilson joined the Eagles and Nick Sirianni’s staff as their defensive backs coach. The title of passing game coordinator again was added to his plate this past season. Guys like Darius Slay, Marcus Epps, Avonte Maddox, and James Bradberry all had some of the best seasons of their careers under his watch.
Here’s an official statement from Ravens GM Eric DeCosta about Wilson’s addition and former Eagles/Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith’s reaction. He, like so many, appears to be pretty pumped about the news.
Regardless of how things ended (the rumor mill is most certainly churning), it’s been a nice ride with Dennard in Philly. We appreciate him and wish him luck, unless of course the Ravens and the Eagles cross paths on the playing field which, as you know, would be in a Super Bowl if both teams qualify.
Hey, you never know. Anything can happen in pro football.