Saunders is still with the Raiders this season as a Senior Offensive Assistant. In 2011, he served as the team's offensive coordinator and the team finished 9th in the NFL in yards per game at 379.5. Oakland really excelled running the football under Saunders finishing 7th in the NFL, averaging 131.9 yards per game. McFadden finished with a 5.4 yards per carry on 113 attempts in 2011 with Saunders at the helm.
During his more than 30 years of coaching experience, the England born Saunders has gotten the opportunity to work under some successful and well respected coaches. He worked with Marty Schottenheimer with the Kansas City Chiefs as a wide receivers coach. He worked with the Super Bowl winning "Greatest Show on Turf" St Louis Rams offense under Dick Vermeil and later Mike Martz again as a receivers coach. He also worked with Joe Gibbs in Washington as a very sought after assistant coach.
After communicating with Saunders, general manager Reggie McKenzie and Allen will need to find the right guy to led the Raiders offense. Whether it is Saunders or not, Oakland needs to get this right because this year's offensive struggles hurt the team dramatically. The search has already started, but will take time to find the ideal candidate for McKenzie and Allen.
“I don’t have a time frame for getting somebody in,” Allen said. “I want to make sure we get the right guy and however long that takes for us to get the right guy, that’s how long that takes. We’ve got to identify the potential candidates. We’ll start that process and we’ll try to identify the guys that we think are best for this job and then we’ll try to start the process as soon as we can. We’ll go until we get the right guy.”
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