Ravens fire offensive line coach

January 19, 2011|By Jamison Hensley and Mike Preston, The Baltimore Sun

The Ravens fired offensive line coach John Matsko Wednesday, according to three league sources.

In the latest move to the Ravens' coaching staff, Andy Moeller has replaced Matsko, getting promoted from assistant offensive line coach.

The offensive line had its worst season under Matsko, who joined the Ravens in 2008. The Ravens gave up 40 sacks (their most since 2003) and their running game dropped to No. 14 in the NFL (their lowest since 2007).

Matsko is scheduled to interview with the Carolina Panthers on Thursday.

Moeller has a trial date on April 11 in Baltimore County on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol, according to police documents.

Moeller, in his third season with the Ravens, faces seven charges after being stopped on Sept. 18 by a state trooper on the outer loop of the Beltway at Greenspring Ave. The charges include three counts of driving while impaired by alcohol, two counts of speeding, failure to display a registration card upon demand by police, and negligent driving in a careless and imprudent manner.

Moeller was acquitted of driving while under the influence last May, and had a similar incident in Ann Arbor, Mich., in December 2007. He was charged with failing to stop his vehicle after an accident, driving under the influence of alcohol, and refusing to take a field sobriety test.

The DUI charge was later reduced to driving while visibly impaired. Given probation, Moeller was ordered to continue alcohol counseling at an aftercare facility and to attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. He completed his probation "with improvement."

Jamison.hensley@baltsun.com

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