He’s flirted with being a Raider for years now and as of yesterday Al Saunders finally became a member of the Silver and Black. As rumored for the past week, Saunders has been brought in as the team’s new OC replacing Hue Jackson who was promoted to head coach. While Saunders will be in charge of the offense during the week it is Jackson who will continue to call plays on Sundays.
Saunders was among the men Al Davis interviewed during his last two head coaching searches. With many roots in California, Saunders has a football lineage tracing all the way back to his days on Don Coryell’s staff at San Diego State and eventually making the move to pro ball with the Chargers.
This won’t be the first taste of the Bay for Saunders. The London native played his college ball in the South Bay at San Jose State. But where he really made his mark was during his time as an OC in Kansas City. Under Dick Vermeil, Saunders orchestrated one of the most explosive offenses in the NFL for the rival Chiefs.
There will be some familiar faces awaiting Saunders in the locker room. Most notably is Jason Campbell who Saunders worked with during his brief stint with the Washington Redskins.
While Saunders does have some head coaching experience, it came nearly two decades ago as he went 17-22 in a couple years at the helm of the San Diego Chargers. In other words, Coach Jackson shouldn’t have too much worry about getting Cable’d in favor of Saunders but with Al Davis you never know.