Oakland Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie Must Keep Offensive Coordinator Al Saunders

big ROC Stockton, CAAnalyst IIIJanuary 24, 2012

OAKLAND, CA - CIRCA 2011: In this handout image provided by the NFL, Al Saunders of the Oakland Raiders poses for his NFL headshot circa 2011 in Oakland, California. (Photo by NFL via Getty Images)
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According to Fox Sports, the Oakland Raiders are on the verge of naming Broncos' defensive coordinator Dennis Allen their next Head Coach.  It makes sense.  

The biggest weakness of the Raiders last season was their defense.  They lost too many games last season in which they had a big lead, so bringing in a defensive-minded coach to turn things around is a good idea.

As bad as the defense was, the offense was the main reason why the Raiders were able to avoid a losing season and be in position to win the division in Week 17.  We all know what happened in that game against the Chargers: Carson Palmer had his best game as a Raider, but the defense couldn't stop a high school offense—let alone Philip Rivers and Co.

The Raiders offensive philosophy should remain intact going into next season.  

We haven't even seen what the offense looks like with Darren McFadden in the backfield behind Carson Palmer.  McFadden carried the Raiders to a promising start last season before he went down.  

He made Jason Campbell's job a whole lot easier; imagine what he'd do for Carson Palmer.

With that said, the Raiders need to keep Offensive Coordinator Al Saunders.  The Raiders need to hit the ground running in 2012.  The last thing Carson Palmer needs is another offense to learn—he was just starting to get the offense down towards the end of the season. 

He threw for 367 yards and completed 80 percent of his passes against the Lions in Week 15.  He threw for 417 yards with the playoffs on the line against the Chargers.

Even with Dennis Allen as the next Head Coach, it would still be wise to keep Al Saunders in place as offensive coordinator.  He would also benefit Dennis Allen as Saunders has worked under guys like Don Coryell, Marty Schottenheimer, Dick Vermeil, and Joe Gibbs.  

With all the experience Saunders has, he is the perfect man for the job.  The Raiders offense can pick up where it left off last season and the rookie Head Coach will have a man on his staff that he can turn to for advice.

On top of all that, Al Saunders is an Al Davis guy.

What do you think Raider Nation?  Should Al Saunders be retained to run the Raiders offense?