Source: Raiders hire Sanders as linebackers coach

Source: Raiders hire Sanders as linebackers coach
January 25, 2013, 11:00 am
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The Raiders have hired former Buffalo, Green Bay and Miami assistant Bob Sanders as linebackers coach, a league source has confirmed.

Sanders, 59, completes coach Dennis Allen's staff as the Raiders have also hired Greg Olson (offensive coordinator), Bobby April (special teams coordinator) and Tony Sparano (assistant head coach/offensive line) since Saturday. Sanders' hiring gives Allen another veteran presence on his staff.

In replacing the fired Johnny Holland, Sanders will oversee a group led by Philip Wheeler, who is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent, and Miles Burris, who had to step in and start as a rookie. The Raiders may also be looking for a new middle linebacker as Rolando McClain is a prime candidate to be cut.

Sanders was Miami's linebackers coach from 2001 through 2004 before serving as the Packers' defensive ends coach in 2005 and then as their defensive coordinator from 2006 through 2008. Sanders served as the Bills' defensive line coach in 2009 before becoming their outside linebackers coach in 2010 and 2011 and the linebackers coach last season.

He also worked in college under Steve Spurrier at Duke and Florida for 14 years.