Al Saunders Promoted In Baltimore

After being passed over in favor of Jim Zorn to be Baltimore’s quarterbacks coach, former Chiefs offensive coordinator has been promoted by the Ravens to Senior Offensive Consultant.

He will specifically assist Offensive Coordinator Cam Cameron in establishing game plan strategies and work on the field with the Ravens’ tight ends and wide receivers.

“We are very fortunate to have him involved here,” Cameron said.  “He has as much experience in our system as anybody in the league.  By the end of the year, we will have stolen every great idea he ever had (smiling).”

“It’s a real great marriage in terms of ideas and philosophies,” Saunders said.  “Cam and I are so close to the philosophical approach to football and how to do things with the quarterbacks and receivers and passing game that it’s really an enjoyable thing for me to be here.”

He said the opportunity to join Head Coach John Harbaugh and be a part of the building process of Cameron’s offense was something he wanted to be a part of.  And joining an organization that Saunders said has an opportunity to win a world championship didn’t hurt.

“I’m at the stage of my career where I really enjoy the strategy of the game,” Saunders said.  “But most of all, you like working with the players to help their skills get really better.  So I’m really enjoying where I am right now.”

Saunders was being wasted last year as simply a “consultant”.  Now that the Ravens have stocked their offense with plenty of weapons (Anquan Boldin, Donte’ Stallworth) it should be interesting to see what Cameron and Saunders can come up with together.

I still feel Saunders deserves to be an offensive coordinator somewhere in the league, but until his next opportunity comes along he will be a huge asset to Harbaugh, Cameron and the rest of the Ravens.

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