Ravens hire new defensive coordinator, ending D’Anton Lynn speculation

The threat has been extinguished. Any possible remaining risk that D’Anton Lynn would leave USC to become defensive coordinator at his former employer, the Baltimore Ravens, has been eliminated.

Ravens Wire has the breaking news on Thursday. Baltimore is promoting Zachary Orr to its defensive coordinator spot after Mike Macdonald left the franchise to take the open head coaching position with the Seattle Seahawks.

“The Ravens quickly replaced Mike Macdonald as defensive coordinator, promoting inside linebackers coach Zachary Orr,” Ravens Wire wrote.

“Orr, who played for the Ravens from 2014-2016, is a fast-rising star in the coaching ranks. He recently interviewed for the Packers defensive coordinator position.

“The 31-year-old Orr has been on the Ravens staff since 2017 save for one season with the Jaguars and Urban Meyer in 2021.”

D’Anton Lynn had worked with the Ravens prior to joining UCLA as defensive coordinator for the 2023 college football season. USC poached Lynn from UCLA in the midst of turmoil surrounding the Bruin football program.

Everyone at USC can rest easy now. It was never likely that Lynn would go to Baltimore, but if Mike Macdonald did leave — which he did — the door was cracked open. Now that door has been firmly closed. It will be exciting to see Lynn do his thing at USC, part of an all-star defensive coaching staff.

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Story originally appeared on Trojans Wire