Some Coaching Role Changes in Baltimore


Coach Al Saunders, left, and Coach Roy Anderson, right.

The Baltimore Ravens have changed the roles of their 2 current coaches, Al Saunders and Roy Anderson.

Al Saunders was promoted to Senior Offensive Assistant. He will primarily help Offensive Coordinator Cam Cameron in game planning. Saunders will also work with tight ends and receivers on the field.

Saunders has an extensive coaching history. He has 27 years of experience and has helped build some of the greatest offenses in NFL history, “The Greatest Show on Turf” and the “Air Coryell.”

The Coryell system is actually used in Baltimore, and basically involves deep and mid-range passes with power running. This requires a strong O-line protecting a strong-armed quarterback. Check and check.

I’m almost certain Cam Cameron, who developed his own Coryell-style offense, and Al Saunders together will form a great duo. Saunders said it best himself, “It’s a real great marriage in terms of ideas and philosophies. 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”

Roy Anderson was another coach who changed roles. After being a coaching assistant with the D-line, Anderson has now moved to being a coaching assistant with the secondary. The transition doesn’t seem to be too difficult for Anderson; he said, “Having faced defensive backs in college, I had knowledge of the secondary and what they’re supposed to be doing.”

Anderson, a former college quarterback, started in Baltimore as an assistant coach with quarterbacks. After switching over to coach on defense, Anderson liked it too much to turn back. Some of his duties now include self-scouting, analyzing film, and pointing out the tendencies of opponents.

Hopefully the Ravens coaching staff will continue to prosper.