Raiders hire Al Saunders as offensive coordinator

367059.jpg

Raiders hire Al Saunders as offensive coordinator

Jan. 20, 2011GUTIERREZ ARCHIVERAIDERS PAGE RAIDERS VIDEOPaul GutierrezCSNCalifornia.com

Asexpected, the Raiders have hired longtime NFL coach Al Saunders as newcoach Hue Jacksons offensive coordinator, according to an ESPN report.The Raiders have not responded to calls seeking confirmation.Jackson, though, acknowledged his interest in Saunders duringTuesdays media conference while maintaining he would remain the teamsprimary play-caller.
GUTIERREZ: Hue Jackson era officially begins
Obviously, the name you just mentioned (Saunders) is someone whos outthere that we would love to talk to, Jackson said at the time.Later that evening, quarterback Jason Campbell talked about thepossibility of playing for Saunders again Saunders ran Campbellsoffense his first two years as a starter in Washington, in 2006 and2007 on CSN Bay Areas Chronicle Live show.
VIDEO: Jason Campbell on Chronicle Live
Hes a guy that, hes very smart, Campbell said of Saunders. Heknows the ins and outs of the game. Hes a great guy to be around. Hesvery professional. Id say hes a guy thats very intelligent about thegame, when it comes to the game of football.Him being in Baltimore over the last two years and them winning upthere, it just goes to show you he knows the winning edge. And thisteam is all about trying to win in 2011. Coach Jackson brought thatattitude here last year from Baltimore, the winning edge. Expecting towin.Pro Bowl tight end Zach Miller has also expressed excitement at theprospect of Saunders joining the Raiders, saying, That would besomething.Jackson and Saunders were on the Baltimore staff together in 2009 asJackson was the Ravens quarterbacks coach and Saunders was anoffensive consultant. This past season, Saunders served as the Ravenssenior offensive assistant.Saunders, who turns 64 on Feb. 1, played college ball at San JoseState. He has spent 28 years as an NFL coach, been affiliated with twoof the more vaunted offenses in league history San Diegos AirCoryell and the St. Louis Rams Greatest Show on Turf and spenttwo-plus seasons as San Diegos head coach, going 17-22 as DonCoryells successor from 1986 through 1988.Twice before an NFL offensive coordinator from 2001 through 2005 inKansas City and in St. Louis in 2008 Saunders 2004 and 2005 Chiefssquads led the NFL in total offense, though his 2008 Rams ranked just27th. In 2006 and 2007, he was Washingtons associate headcoachoffense, and playbook reportedly had 700 pages.Saunders has long been a favorite of Raiders owner Al Davis and has interviewed for Oaklands head job in the past.The Raiders defensive coordinator job is still open, what with JohnMarshall not being retained. Names being bandied about include currentdefenisive line coach Mike Waufle and Green Bay assistant headcoachinside linebackers Winston Moss, who played for the Raiders inLos Angeles from 1991-94.RELATED: Marshall's tenure with Raiders appears over
What's your take? Email Paul and let him know. He may use it in his Mailbag.

Carr discusses contract negotiations with Raiders: 'These things take time'

Carr discusses contract negotiations with Raiders: 'These things take time'

Raiders general Reggie McKenzie plans to extend quarterback Derek Carr’s contract this offseason. That isn’t a new thing, something that has been in the works for some time. He re-affirmed that fact last week, citing his team’s commitment to work out a long-term deal likely the biggest in franchise history.

Carr was reportedly frustrated with the pace of contract talks after the NFL draft – they’re supposed to heat up this spring and summer – but said he believes a deal will get worked out before training camp begins.

That’s his deadline for an offseason deal, the point where he wants focus honed on football.

“I have an agent who is in charge of that and I am confident that he and Mr. (Reggie) McKenzie will work it out,” Carr, a Fresno State alum, told the Fresno Bee. “I am only focused on becoming a better football player and helping my teammates become better players.

“I have complete faith it will get done before training camp. These things take time. The Raiders know I want to be here; this is my family, and I know they want me to be their quarterback.”

The sides have discussed parameters of a long-term deal, with greater specifics to be ironed out in the future. Carr has long said he wants to be a Raider his entire career. The Raiders want him as the public face of their franchise. A new deal is expected by all parties, a sentiment that has never wavered on either side.

Carr is scheduled to make a $977,519 in base salary in 2017, the final year of his rookie contract.

Raiders offseason program intensifies as OTA sessions begin

Raiders offseason program intensifies as OTA sessions begin

The Raiders offseason program is five weeks old. Players have lifted weights. They’ve improved cardiovascular shape. They’ve done drills in position groups and discussed schematics. They’ve added rookies to a group now 90 strong.

On Monday, they can finally put on helmets. They still can’t wear pads or have full contact, but the Raiders can play 11-on-11. Receivers will be covered. Quarterback Derek Carr will throw into traffic. Generally speaking, the competition cranks up a bit.

The NFL collective bargaining agreement has strict mandates regarding offseason activity, and a period formally called “Phase III” allows for more realistic on-field football work.

The Raiders will conduct 10 OTA sessions over the next three weeks. The media can watch three of them. Tuesday is the first, with another in each of the next two weeks. These sessions are technically voluntary, though the Raiders generally hover around perfect attendance. Head coach Jack Del Rio prefers his team be unified in the offseason. Players know it and show up.

There is a mandatory minicamp from June 13-15 which wraps the offseason program and starts a quiet period that extends until training camp begins in late July.

These OTAs offer an opportunity for new players to learn the system, for adjustments to be made and for chemistry to be built heading into a 2017 season where expectations are high.