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Tue, 30 Sep 2014 09:06:32 -0700
Oakland Raiders offensive line coach Tony Sparano is expected to be the team's first assistant to be offered the interim head coaching job Tuesday, Sept. 30. However, offensive coordinator Greg Olson is campaigning heavily for the job, according to a source. Senior offensive assistant Al Saunders is also a candidate.
Tue, 14 Jan 2014 13:54:05 -0800
The Oakland Raiders re-signed defensive line coach Terrell Williams, running backs coach Kelly Skipper and quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo to undisclosed one-year deals shortly after the season ended. Also re-signing were special teams coach Bobby April, receivers coach Ted Gilmore and tight ends coach Mark Hutson. It's unclear whether senior offensive assistant Al Saunders will be back.
Sun, 13 Jan 2013 13:38:49 -0800
Oakland Raiders senior offensive assistant Al Saunders or quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo could call the offensive plays during the 2013 Senior Bowl if the team does not hire an offensive coordinator before the game.
Mon, 31 Dec 2012 13:15:20 -0800
Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen said the team will consider senior offensive assistant Al Saunders as a candidate for their offensive coordinator position.
Wed, 08 Feb 2012 09:09:16 -0800
Former Oakland Raiders offensive coordinator Al Saunders will remain with the team as a senior assistant. Saunders is under contract through the 2013 season.
Fri, 03 Feb 2012 10:10:37 -0800
The Kansas City Chiefs are considering former Miami Dolphins offensive coordinator Brian Daboll, former Oakland Raiders offensive coordinator Al Saunders and current quarterbacks coach Jim Zorn for their vacant offensive coordinator position.
Fri, 03 Feb 2012 06:01:46 -0800
Former Oakland Raiders offensive coordinator Al Saunders' interview with the Kansas City Chiefs regarding their offensive coordinator vacancy went well. However, hiring Saunders would entail installing a new system.
Thu, 02 Feb 2012 05:53:16 -0800
Former Oakland Raiders offensive coordinator Al Saunders met with the Kansas City Chiefs about their open offensive coordinator job.
Mon, 30 Jan 2012 15:42:26 -0800
Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen said he will consider keeping offensive coordinator Al Saunders on the coaching staff.
Wed, 25 Jan 2012 05:48:00 -0800
Oakland Raiders offensive coordinator Al Saunders could be retained as part of head coach Dennis Allen's staff. Allen agreed in principal to a deal with the team Tuesday, Jan. 24.
Sun, 22 Jan 2012 12:11:36 -0800
The Kansas City Chiefs could show interest in Oakland Raiders offensive coordinator Al Saunders for their vacant offensive coordinator position if he does not return to the Raiders next season.
Sun, 22 Jan 2012 12:08:49 -0800
Oakland Raiders offensive coordinator Al Saunders could remain with the team if they hire a defensive-minded head coach this offseason. Saunders likely would leave for another job if an offensive-minded coach is hired. Saunders is not believed to be a candidate for the head coaching position.
Thu, 20 Jan 2011 19:28:20 -0800
The Oakland Raiders hired Al Saunders as offensive coordinator Thursday, Jan. 20, reports Vittorio Tafur, of the San Francisco Chronicle. Saunders is a former offensive coordinator with the Kansas City Chiefs. He also worked with new head coach Hue Jackson with the Baltimore Ravens, where Saunders acted as consultant for the past two seasons.
Wed, 19 Jan 2011 11:44:42 -0800
The Oakland Raiders interviewed Baltimore Ravens consultant Al Saunders for their offensive coordinator position, a source told Jason La Canfora, of NFL Network. Sources said Saunders is expected to get the coordinator job.
Wed, 19 Jan 2011 07:06:52 -0800
Baltimore Ravens offensive assistant Al Saunders has received interest from two teams this offseason, reports Jamison Hensley, of The Baltimore Sun. The Oakland Raiders are believed to be interested in Saunders for their offensive coordinator position.
Tue, 18 Jan 2011 08:00:19 -0800
The Oakland Raiders are likely to hire Al Saunders as the team's new offensive coordinator, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Sun, 16 Jan 2011 14:37:57 -0800
The Oakland Raiders may be interested in Baltimore Ravens consultant Al Saunders for their offensive coordinator position if current offensive coordinator Hue Jackson is named head coach, reports Bill Williamson, of ESPN.com.
Mon, 19 Jul 2010 08:55:14 -0700
Baltimore Ravens consultant Al Saunders will be helping out with the tight ends during training camp and will be tutoring rookie TEs Dennis Pitta and Ed Dickson, according to The Baltimore Sun's Ken Murray.
Fri, 09 Apr 2010 09:45:28 -0700
Jamison Hensley, of The Baltimore Sun, reports the Baltimore Ravens have promoted offensive consultant Al Saunders to senior offensive consultant.
Tue, 26 Jan 2010 07:30:05 -0800
ESPN.com reports the Baltimore Ravens could promote offensive consultant Al Saunders to the position of quarterbacks coach.
Thu, 14 Aug 2008 09:48:37 -0700
Bill Coats, of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, reports St. Louis Rams offensive coordinator Al Saunders plans to use his tight ends extensively.
Sat, 17 May 2008 05:56:33 -0700
Mike Sando, of ESPN.com, reports St. Louis Rams offensive coordinator Al Saunders believes RB Steven Jackson has yet to reach his full potential as a running back. "From what I have seen on video and in person these last several months - and you hate to go out on a limb before the season starts - I don't think Steven Jackson has any limits to what he can do if everything is pulled together," Saunders said. "He has not even begun to reach his potential as a back." Saunders sees the total package in Jackson, an authoritative and powerful running back with speed, excellent hands and good blocking skills. He also sees an improving route runner. "When you get somebody of his stature and his physical makeup, with his speed and his ability to run, catch and block, you are only limited by your own imagination in terms of what you can do with a player like that," Saunders said.
Thu, 17 Apr 2008 16:49:11 -0700
Jim Thomas, of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, reports California WR DeSean Jackson said he met with St. Louis Rams offensive coordinator Al Saunders when he was younger in his freshman year of high school.
Wed, 30 Jan 2008 17:08:59 -0800
Updating a previous item, the St. Louis Rams announced offensive coordinator Al Saunders has signed a three-year contract with the team. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Wed, 30 Jan 2008 15:14:01 -0800
Bill Coats, of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, reports the St. Louis Rams hired Al Saunders as their new offensive coordinator Wednesday, Jan. 30. Saunders was a Rams assistant coach in 1999 and 2000. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Mon, 28 Jan 2008 08:39:17 -0800
Jim Thomas, of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, reports the St. Louis Rams have had preliminary discussions with former Washington Redskins offensive coordinator Al Saunders regarding the team's offensive coordinator position. According to some leagues sources, Saunders is the front-runner for the job.
Mon, 28 Jan 2008 07:45:34 -0800
Jason Jones, of the Sacramento Bee, reports the Oakland Raiders will interview former Washington Redskins offensive coordinator Al Saunders Monday, Jan. 28. Saunders could potentially step in as a head coach if current head coach Lane Kiffin is fired or resigns.
Sun, 27 Jan 2008 15:20:00 -0800
The Associated Press reports the Washington Redskins have fired offensive coordinator Al Saunders.
Tue, 08 Jan 2008 07:39:11 -0800
The Associated Press reports Washington Redskins offensive coordinator Al Saunders is expected to be a candidate to replace Joe Gibbs as the team's head coach. Gibbs retired as head coach and team president Tuesday, Jan. 8.
Fri, 20 Oct 2006 07:08:24 -0700
Ryan O'Halloran, of the Washington Times, reports Washington Redskins RB Clinton Portis admits he expected to play a larger role in the club's new offensive system. "I have to adapt to his game plan," Portis said of offensive coordinator Al Saunders. "The game plan isn't just suited to me. It's a team effort and it's about spreading the ball around and getting the touches to all of the play makers. Right now, I haven't been getting the carries I expected to get, but it'll come." Likewise, Saunders is still getting accustomed to having a player like Portis in his backfield. "It's an ongoing thing," Saunders said. "Clinton missed training camp, has been in and out of the lineup the first several games. I'm just starting to get the feel for him."
Sat, 26 Aug 2006 09:50:06 -0700
Jason La Canfora, of the Washington Post, reports Washington Redskins offensive coordinator Al Saunders estimates he has reveled perhaps two percent of his 700-page playbook. He has reserved his intricate work on timing and pass receiving routes for practice. Saunders is comfortable with the rate of at which the team is adapting to his new offense and believes several players are making progress.
Mon, 31 Jul 2006 19:59:58 -0700
Paul Woody, of the Times-Dispatch, reports the Washington Redskins will have a much more varied and unpredictable offense this season under new offensive coordinator Al Saunders, who emphasizes multiple shifts and formations. "One of the things we stress is to try to be unpredictable," Saunders said. "We'll have a variety of personnel groupings -- three wide receivers, four wide receivers, two wide receivers and a tight end, two wide receives and two tight ends. We'll be multidimensional. In this offense, we've always said the only limitations are the imagination of our staff to put people in positions where they can play and the limitations of the players."
Sat, 29 Jul 2006 21:30:33 -0700
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."
Sat, 29 Jul 2006 10:49:26 -0700
Casey Husband, of Redskins.com, reports Washington Redskins offensive coordinator Al Saunders is expanding the offense this season, "The run game will expand from sideline to sideline and the passing game will expand from the line of scrimmage to the endzone." Saunders said the offense now features the ability to utilize an aggressive attacking style.
Wed, 07 Jun 2006 13:54:48 -0700
Gary Fitzgerald, of Redskins.com, reports Washington Redskins WR Ron Johnson said learning the team's offense under new offensive coordinator Al Saunders is not easy. "I came into the league learning Brian Billick's offense in Baltimore. Everyone knows (Billick's) mindset is like a mad scientist in a lab or something. I thought his offensive playbook was huge, but Coach Saunders's is a lot bigger. It's a lot more intricate and there are a lot of little details that you have to pay attention to. It puts the defense on their toes and makes everybody think. You have to focus in every shift and every motion--and then you have to go run the route. It's a matter of studying every night and getting a feel for it on the practice fields."
Sun, 14 May 2006 20:01:10 -0700
The Washington Post reports the Washington Redskins offense will see some changes under offensive coordinator Al Saunders for the 2006 season. With Saunders, the team can expect faster and more organized huddles, better footwork by the quarterbacks on short drop-back passes, speedy reads through five potential receivers and quick releases on passes which should precede the intended receiver's cut.
Mon, 08 May 2006 18:34:19 -0700
Gary Fitzgerald, of Redskins.com, reports Washington Redskins defensive coordinator Gregg Williams is not leaving after the 2006 season. "I told you at the end of year one that I wasn't leaving and I told you at the end of year two that I wasn't going to leave. And I'm not leaving on the third year," said Williams. He said the reason he intends to stay with the team is because of the coaches he works with on a daily basis. Both offensive coordinator Al Saunders and secondary-cornerbacks coach Jerry Gray have accomplished resumes and Williams added, "It has been fun to see the look on some of the other members of the staff to see Al Saunders and Jerry Gray coach. You'd think they are both playing. It is fun to see those guys out there."
Mon, 23 Jan 2006 21:38:54 -0800
Gary Fitzgerald, of Redskins.com, reports Al Saunders was officially named the Washington Redskins' associate head coach-offense Monday, Jan. 23, but Saunders referred to himself as more of an "offensive orchestrator." Saunders will oversee the Redskins' offense in 2006, a role that will include tweaking some of the current offensive schemes and adopting some of the schemes Saunders employed in Kansas City. Saunders indicated the offense may be more aggressive early in games and take advantage of one-on-one matchups in the passing attack.
Mon, 23 Jan 2006 18:24:47 -0800
Gary Fitzgerald, of Redskins.com, reports Washington Redskins offensive coordinator Al Saunders has yet to evaluate the team's quarterbacks. QB Mark Brunell ended the 2005 season as the starter and head coach Joe Gibbs would likely want him to start the 2006 season. QB Patrick Ramsey's future with the team is in doubt and QB Jason Campbell is entering just his second-year. Saunders said, "We'll sort all of that out. I'm sure Joe has some real strong feeling about what's going to happen at that particular position and I'll be a part of that decision-making process. I'm sure it'll take a little while to sort everything out, but I like the talent there."
Sun, 22 Jan 2006 10:30:26 -0800
ESPN.com's Chris Mortensen reports for the first time in Washington Redskins head coach Joe Gibbs' career he will turn over play-calling duties to someone else. New offensive coordinator Al Saunders will take over those duties for the 2006 season. Team sources say Gibbs will embrace more of a CEO/GM mentality and turn his attention even more to the personnel side.
Fri, 20 Jan 2006 12:59:27 -0800
Doug Tucker, of the Associated Press, reports Kansas City Chiefs president Carl Peterson contacted media outlets Friday, Jan. 20, and angrily denied reports that he once promised to make Al Saunders his head coach. Several media outlets reported that two years ago Saunders was promised, or at least led to believe, that he would be head coach when Dick Vermeil retired. "Al Saunders was never promised the head coaching job of the Kansas City Chiefs," Peterson said in a hastily organized conference call with reporters from the Kansas City Star and The Associated Press. "I'm telling you he wasn't. I really take offense that's in the paper as true. It's not."
Thu, 19 Jan 2006 21:59:08 -0800
Ryan O'Halloran, or the Washington Times, reports the Washington Redskins have not yet defined a title for newly signed offensive coach Al Saunders.
Thu, 19 Jan 2006 21:19:52 -0800
Redskins.com reports the Washington Redskins have hired former Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Al Saunders to serve on the offensive coaching staff.
Thu, 19 Jan 2006 18:34:28 -0800
ESPN.com's John Clayton reports the Washington Redskins signed new offensive coordinator Al Saunders to a three-year contract worth more than $2 million a year.
Thu, 19 Jan 2006 09:19:10 -0800
Adam Teicher, of the Kansas City Star, reports former Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Al Saunders has been named offensive coordinator of the Washington Redskins, Thursday, Jan. 19. Terms of the contract have not yet been disclosed.
Thu, 19 Jan 2006 06:04:55 -0800
Rick Dean, of the Capital-Journal, reports Kansas City Chiefs head coach Herman Edwards apparently plans to promote offensive line coach Mike Solari to offensive coordinator to replace Al Saunders, unless Solari follows Saunders to a different team like the Oakland Raiders.
Thu, 19 Jan 2006 05:46:58 -0800
Jerry McDonald, of the Oakland Tribune, reports Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Al Saunders was scheduled to meet with the Washington Redskins Thursday, Jan, 19, for a lucrative position as assistant head coach and offensive coordinator, an NFL source said. Saunders could receive an offer from the deep pockets of Washington owner Daniel Snyder that would exceed what he could make as the Oakland Raiders head coach.
Wed, 18 Jan 2006 06:22:16 -0800
Jim Thomas, of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, reports despite continued speculation to the contrary, league sources say Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Al Saunders - a former Rams assistant coach - is not a candidate to replace Mike Martz as head coach with the St. Louis Rams.
Sat, 14 Jan 2006 12:17:27 -0800
ESPN.com's Chris Mortensen reports Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Al Saunders has emerged as the favorite for the Oakland Raiders vacant head coaching position.
Wed, 11 Jan 2006 18:49:33 -0800
The Associated Press reports the Oakland Raiders interviewed Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Al Saunders for their vacant head coaching position Wednesday, Jan. 11. Senior administrator Artie Gigantino confirmed Saunders had met with owner Al Davis at team headquarters. The interviews won't extend into Thursday, Jan. 12.