Here today we have snippets of Gur Samuel interviewing with none other than Al Saunders. To those that do not know, Saunders has as been an offensive co-ordinator for many teams and phenomenal coaches over his prosperous career ranging back from 1970 with USC, all the way to 2014 as a Senior Offensive Assistant for the Oakland Raiders. Saunders has been a part of great coaching names, Don Coryell, Dick Vermiel, Joe Gibbs, and Marty Schottenheimer. His resume truly speaks for itself, so for him to praise quarterback Joe Flacco and head coach John Grabught, that is pretty lofty praise.
Al eventually in the interview goes on to say,
Gur: On Friday night you said you thought John Harbaugh was one of the best coaches in the league right now I just was wondering if you could expand on tha-
Al: Yeah I think, I've worked for Don Coryell. I've worked for Dick Vermeil. I worked for Joe Gibbs. I worked for Marty Schottenheimer- in the National Football League. I've worked for John McKay and I've worked for Johnny Majors in college. And all of those would be considered some of the finest coaches in the history of the game. I think John Harbaugh is one of those guys. I think he has the football accum. His father was a coach, his brother is of course Jim, his brother in law is a head basketball coach in Indiana. He has a tremendous feel for players, he has a great way to motivate people. He's an intellectual guy, he allows for personalities to express themselves. I think he has every quality to be a Hall of Fame Head football coach in the National Football League.
Oh.. My.. Heavens..
It doesn't get any better than that folks. Al Saunders has spoken loud and clear that John Harbaugh, head football coach for the Baltimore Ravens is a frontrunner to wearing a gold jacket in his lifetime. That is high praise.
A second question was asked, this one aimed at Joe Flacco,
Gur: You were obviously with the Ravens at the start of Joe Flacco's professional career. There is a lot there, "Is he elite, is he not?" Do you think he's gonna be remembered as one of the top guys playing in his day, when it's all said and done?
Al: No question. I mean Joe has, Joe, I mean this young man, since his rookie year has never been out of the play-offs. I don't know that any other quarterback in the history of the game has done that? And there is no reason to think that he won't continue to do that, and continue to get better. He's a young player. He's learning. He's got all the talent in the world. I think- I wouldn't be surprised at the end of Joe Flacco's if he was not one of the elite quarterbacks that ever played the game.
Not Matt Ryan. Not Philip Rivers. Not Ryan Tannehill. He's speaking about Joseph Flacco being one of the elite quarterbacks that EVER played football. I can't help but repeat the same sentence of "It doesn't get any better than this." A phenomenal coach and co-ordinator by multiple organizations spouting only great words about the head coach and starting quarterback of the Baltimore Ravens.
If either want to live up to the enormous hype given to them from Saunders, there could be another trophy sitting on display this winter.