Sean Considine Getting Career Back On Track

Safety Sean Considine views being a leader on special teams as a key role in 2012.

Posted by Ryan Mink on Monday, May 21st, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Categories: Ryan Mink

Sean Considine’s 2011 season was, as he put it, a “complete disaster.”

He and his wife had triplets last July, and were in the process of moving the family to North Carolina when the Panthers cut him after Week 4. The family then retreated to Arizona when Considine was picked up by the Cardinals.

Now on a one-year contract with Baltimore – his fifth team in four years – Considine is looking to find consistency and get his career back on track as a special teams leader.

“I think the Ravens were looking to upgrade their special teams,” Considine said. “And at this point of my career, being a solid backup, playing in certain packages on defense and being a top-line special teams guy is where I’m at right now.”

An unrestricted free agent this offseason, Considine, 29, got word from his agent that the Ravens had interest in March. Considine immediately picked up the phone and called Head Coach John Harbaugh to scope out the situation.

Considine and Harbaugh have a close relationship dating back to 2005. That’s when Considine was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the fourth round, and started working with Harbaugh, who was then the team’s special teams coach.

Considine wanted to know how much the team would value a proven special-teams commodity. He didn’t want a repeat of 2011.

“Sometimes when you’re a special-teams guy, you’re generally looked at as one of the last guys on the roster,” Considine said.

“I just wanted to talk to John and see what the situation was. I’m not looking for any guarantees, but I wanted to talk about it and hopefully everybody was on the same page. Coach Harbaugh is a guy that I trust, and it was a good conversation.”

Considine said having worked with Harbaugh previously takes away some of the unknowns. It should also help him quickly assimilate into the special-teams unit. He said there are a lot of similarities to what was run in Philadelphia.

What may be just as important for Considine is passing on his knowledge of special teams to the younger players. He said the Ravens were looking for that when they signed him, and it’s something he has already begun to do and will continue in the upcoming organized team activities.

The Ravens already have a special-teams leader in linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo, and signed Pro Bowl special-teams ace Corey Graham, but Considine adds more experience and leadership to the unit.

“The older I got, the more I found myself spending a lot of time with younger guys and trying to simplify the game,” Considine said. “Right now they’re getting bombarded with so much information and coaching. But at the end of the day, you just need to be able to break down the game of football. It’s very simple at its core.”

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