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The Ravens continue to lose assistants from their defensive coaching staff with defensive line Joe Cullen becoming the latest.

According to multiple reports, Cullen will become the defensive coordinator of the Jacksonville Jaguars, joining new head coach Urban Meyer. The 53-year-old had been with Baltimore since 2016 when he replaced the late Clarence Brooks.

The Jacksonville defensive line coach from 2010-12, Cullen had been linked to other jobs in the past and interviewed for the head coach position at the University of Massachusetts two years ago. He is the third Ravens defensive assistant to accept defensive coordinator positions elsewhere since the season ended, joining linebackers coach Mike Macdonald (University of Michigan) and defensive backs coach Jesse Minter (Vanderbilt University).

According to an NFL Network report, quarterbacks coach James Urban interviewed for the Detroit Lions’ offensive coordinator job on Wednesday.

Head coach John Harbaugh confirmed Wednesday that no NFL teams had reached out to interview defensive coordinator Wink Martindale or offensive coordinator Greg Roman for head coach openings despite both drawing interest and taking part in interviews last year.

“When the opportunity comes, it’ll be the right opportunity at the right time for those two guys,” Harbaugh said. “They’re more than qualified right now to be head coaches in this league. When the fit is there and it makes the most sense, their opportunities are definitely going to come.”

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