The Raiders confirmed through a press release that Al Saunders will be back for a second season. Saunders’ new title is senior offensive assistant.
Saunders was the Raiders offensive coordinator in 2011. However, new head coach Dennis Allen hired Greg Knapp to be his offenive coordinator.
It’s likely that Saunders will be a resource for Knapp, Allen, new quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo and wide receivers coach Ted Gilmore. (Note: the Raiders have not confirmed the hiring of DeFilippo and Gilmore).
Allen now is free to turn his attention toward finding a defensive line coach, linebackers coach and tight ends coach to round out his staff.
Saunders interviewed with the Kansas City Chiefs for their offensive coordinator vacancy. The Chiefs ultimately went with Brian Daboll.
Saunders was under contract with the Raiders for 2012. So, it makes sense to keep him around and tap into his vast knowleged rather than to let him walk and pay him for nothing. ESPN reported that the Raiders extended Saunders’ contract through 2013.
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