As we reported this morning via our WNST Text Service and our Twitter account (@WNST), former Baltimore Ravens QB Hue Jackson passed on the chance to interview with the Chicago Bears for their vacant Offensive Coordinator position, instead accepting the same position with the Oakland Raiders-a job he had interviewed for last week.
With Jackson now gone, the Ravens are in the market for a new QB coach. This morning on “The Comcast Morning Show” on AM1570 WNST, Drew Forrester and I immediately named Al Saunders as a potential candidate.
Saunders served as an offensive consultant under John Harbaugh and Cam Cameron last season, and previously served in Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator/Assistant Head Coach/Wide Receivers Coach roles with the San Diego Chargers, Kansas City Chiefs, St. Louis Rams and Washington Redskins. Saunders comes from the Don Coryell coaching tree in San Diego, as he also served under the architecht of the “Air Coryell” system at San Diego State.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter is now reporting that former Washington Redskins head coach Jim Zorn is also a candidate to replace Hue Jackson.
As you’ll likely remember, Zorn had served as QB coach of the Seattle Seahawks and Detroit Lions before being hired as head coach by the Skins. Zorn is creditted with the development of Pro Bowl QB Matt Hasselbeck and also Charlie Batch. One of those has clearly panned out better than the other, but Batch has actually made a nice career for himself as well.