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Raiders | Saunders told Oakland coaching job considered a disaster

Howard Bryant, of the Washington Post, reports Washington Redskins offensive coordinator Al Saunders interviewed with the Oakland Raiders for the head coaching position in January. During the interview, Raiders owner Al Davis told Saunders: "When an NFL job is available, you take it. There are only 32 of them." However, Saunders had been told numerous times that the Oakland job was commonly considered a disaster. One NFL personnel man said, "The Raiders is a death job. You'll be there three years, not be allowed to do anything you want to do, and then get fired." When the Redskins called him, Saunders spoke to Raiders' senior personnel man Mike Lombardi about a second interview but was leaning towards the Redskins' job. Former head coach Dick Vermeil shared Saunders' feeling and said, "You're far better off putting your reputation on the line in a very stable situation, where you'll be backed. You have to be very careful."

2006-07-29 21:30:33 | Source:

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