Maryland defensive analyst Navorro Bowman expected to head to NFL

Maryland’s coaching staff has only lost one assistant since the 2023 season ended with Aazaar Abdul-Rahim replacing Henry Baker as the new cornerbacks coach, along with becoming the new co-defensive coordinator. The Terps could lose another to the NFL with NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reporting that the Los Angeles Chargers are targeting current Maryland defensive analyst NaVorro Bowman.

With former Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh filling out his staff heading into year one with the Los Angeles Chargers, Bowman is being targeted as the new linebackers coach as Rapoport added both sides are still working on an agreement, “but the belief is it gets done.”

Bowman, a Suitland High School alum and local star, spent one season at Maryland as a defensive analyst where he chipped in with the linebackers behind inside linebacker coach Lance Thompson. With his departure now expected, Bowman is expected to make his NFL coaching debut under the coach he once spent several seasons play for.

Jim Harbaugh coached Bowman for four seasons while with the San Francisco 49ers where he became an All-Pro linebacker before closing out his career with the Oakland Raiders and retiring in 2017. Bowman posted nearly 800 tackles, 29 pass deflections, 14 sacks and one defensive touchdown during his eight seasons in the NFL.

While the Terps have had other assistants in the mix for the pros this offseason, Bowman becomes the first Maryland staffer to make the jump into the NFL this offseason.

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