The top name on many Raiders fans' minds to replace Greg Knapp is former Raiders offensive coordinator and current senior offensive assistant, Al Saunders.
Saunders has extensive experience running pro offenses and has been relatively successful with the talent that is currently on the Oakland Raiders roster.
While under 2011 head coach Hue Jackson, Al Saunders helped lead an offensive attack that was one game away from Oakland’s first playoff appearance in nine years. However, Coach Jackson was the primary play-caller for the Raiders.
Would the Raiders have been a better or worse offensive team if Saunders had been calling the plays?
We may get to find out if head coach Dennis Allen chooses to go with Saunders in 2013.
Al Saunders' Coaching History:
- 1970-1971 USC (graduate assistant)
- 1972 Missouri (wide receivers)
- 1973-1975 Utah State (play-caller/offensive backfield)
- 1976-1981 California (asst. head coach/offensive coordinator/quarterbacks)
- 1982 Tennessee (offensive coordinator/quarterbacks)
- 1983–1985 San Diego Chargers (wide receivers)
- 1986–1988 San Diego Chargers (head coach)
- 1989–1998 Kansas City Chiefs (asst. head coach/wide receivers)
- 1999–2000 St. Louis Rams (asst. head coach/wide receivers)
- 2001–2005 Kansas City Chiefs (offensive coordinator)
- 2006–2007 Washington Redskins (asst. head coach)
- 2008 St. Louis Rams (offensive coordinator)
- 2009–2010 Baltimore Ravens (offensive consultant)
- 2011 Oakland Raiders (offensive coordinator)
- 2012-present Oakland Raiders (senior offensive assistant)
History via Wikipedia.