Experienced Offensive Mind To Help At Oakland: Raiders Hire Al Saunders As The Offensive Coordinator
Hue Jackson was announced Head Coach of the Oakland Raiders earlier this week by owner Al Davis.
The Oakland offense improved dramatically in just one season with Jackson as the play caller, escalating from 31st to 10th in total offense and No. 6 in scoring. The team was able to become relevant for the first time since '02, finishing with a respectable 8-8 record overall and unbeaten in its division.
The Raiders now found a replacement at offensive coordinator. Baltimore Ravens consultant Al Saunders met with Raider team officials and Head Coach Hue Jackson about filling in the position on Wednesday, according to the Oakland Tribune. And according to NFL Network, Saunders is the now the new Raiders offensive coordinator. League sources expect the Raiders to make the announcement official anytime now.
Saunders has been coaching in the NFL for nearly 30 years. In addition to working on the offensive side for the Ravens, he was the offensive coordinator for the Chiefs, Rams and the Redskins, as well as a Head Coach for the San Diego Chargers in the mid '80's.
Oakland was in search for a candidate with experience and Saunders clearly fits the description. In essecnce, this very well could be a terrific move by the Raiders and can only help with the play-calling strategies that are mostly called by Hue Jackson anyway.