MIAMI – He'll love him.
And he will help him.
That's the word from Mark Ingram, Ravens, who calls Burton Burns the best position coach he has ever had. The two worked side by side in Alabama and now Burns is hired by new head coach Joe Judge to take Saquon Barkley to a new level as he moves up.
"Saquon is an elite and I think he will try to add value to Saquon," Ingram told Radio Row's The Post for Super Bowl 2020 on Wednesday. He was even more special. "
It's a fascinating attitude for judge. Burns is 67 years old and this is his first appearance in the NFL. He coached running backs in Alabama for Nick Saban for 11 years – three years of which coincided with Judge's time in Tuscaloosa as an assistant to a specialist team.
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During his time on campus, Burns Ingram won the first Heisman Trophy in school history in 2009 and Derrick Henry six years later won the award. Burns also played a role in the development of the Kenyan Drake, by Alvin Kamara, Trent Richardson and Eddie Lacy, all NFL Running Backs.
In 2018, Barkley hurried for 1.307 meters and was named the NFL's Offensive Rookie of the Year. He missed three games last season with a high ankle sprain and ended up with 1,003 meters. His total touchdowns dropped from 15 in the first year to eight in 2019.
And now Burns can drive the development of Barkley.
"Man, he's just getting a coach who loves his players, knows football very well, understands the return position, understands the eyes of returns and knows how to teach returns, how to be an elite who runs back." Ingram said. "He is a great coach, a great father figure and a win for any organization because he is a person."
In the past two years, Burns has left his coaching position to become Alabama's deputy sports director for soccer. Saban called Burns "a critical part of our success in the past 11 years."
The bond with Barkley has already been established.
"I texted him, but then I went to lunch and he sat there," Barkley told the post. “We sat down for two minutes to get an introduction and then talked about ball for an hour. He knows it. He went through everything with many special setbacks and he sees many similarities in me. The thing is, he wasn't playing around with the good things I can do. He's been working on what I can improve, and that's just the thing for me. It is definitely exciting to have him as part of our team. "
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