Clark Lea reportedly set to hire NFL assistant to serve as Vanderbilt's defensive coordinator
It’s taking Clark Lea some time to hire his coordinators at Vanderbilt but how long it takes to secure his preferred candidates is far less important than finding the right fit for the Commodore program.
With that in mind, we may know why it took Lea this long to hire his first defensive coordinator as Pete Thamel of Yahoo Sports is reporting that Baltimore Ravens defensive backs coach Jesse Minter is expected to be the new defensive play-caller for the Commodores.
The Ravens played last weekend in the NFL playoffs, Baltimore was eliminated after losing on the road at Buffalo, thus Minter was unavailable to be hired until this week.
“Sources: Vanderbilt expected to hire Baltimore Ravens DBs coach Jesse Minter as the school’s new defensive coordinator. Minter is the former DC at Georgia State and Indiana State. He’s the son of former Cincinnati head coach Rick Minter,” Thamel reported on Tuesday.
Minter has several seasons of experience coaching secondaries in the NFL and coached up three of his players to Pro Bowl seasons in 2019.
Prior to landing his job in the NFL, Minter served as Georgia State defensive coordinator from 2013-2016. He has also served as Indiana State defensive coordinator from 2011-2012 and worked at Cincinnati and Notre Dame as an assistant coach.
Here is Minter’s bio from the Ravens team site:
JESSE MINTER enters his fourth season with the Ravens and first as the team’s defensive backs coach. In 2019, Minter helped lead the Ravens’ strong secondary, which included three Pro Bowl defenders: CBs Marlon Humphrey (first) and Marcus Peters (third) and S Earl Thomas III (seventh). Baltimore allowed the NFL’s third-fewest points (17.6) and fourth-fewest net yards (300.6) per game en route to a franchise-best 14-2 record and second-straight AFC North division title. The Ravens also ranked fifth against the run (93.4 ypg) and No. 6 vs. the pass (207.2 ypg) last season. Baltimore’s 6 defensive TDs in 2019, including 5 by defensive backs, tied (with ’06 and ’08) for the second most in franchise history (2004 – 7) and also tied (TB) for the most in the NFL. Humphrey and Peters each made multiple game-changing plays, scoring 2 defensive touchdowns each. Baltimore also recorded the NFL’s second-best defensive passer rating (77.5). When Minter joined the Ravens in 2017, he worked as a defensive assistant who was responsible for organizing details of quality control and self-scouting, in addition to conducting opponent analysis for both sides of the ball. He also worked closely with secondary coach Chris Hewitt, assisting on-field with the defensive backs. Prior to the NFL, Minter coached for 11 years on the collegiate level, most recently spending four seasons (2013-16) as Georgia State’s defensive coordinator.