Saunders to stay with Raiders

Saunders to stay with Raiders
February 8, 2012, 6:40 pm
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Al Saunders, who served as the Raiders' offensive coordinator last season and is the lone member of the fired Hue Jackson's staff still under contract, will return to the team for the 2012 season, the team announced late Wednesday morning.Saunders, 65, will have the nebulous title "senior offensive assistant" as Greg Knapp was hired on Feb. 1 by new coach Dennis Allen to be his new O.C. and playcaller.Saunders scouted Senior Bowl Week in Mobile, Ala. for the Raiders, before Allen was hired, and recently interviewed for Kansas City's offensive coordinator position.
Last season, Saunders devised the weekly offensive gameplans before Jackson would then pick and choose the plays to call during a game.Before coming to Oakland, Saunders spent two seasons with Baltimore as an offensive consultant in 2009 and as senior offensive assistant in 2010.