Former Raiders assistant coach Al Saunders has decided to retire. He was the team’s senior offensive assistant from 2012-14 and the offensive coordinator in 2011, but was not part of new head coach Jack Del Rio’s staff.
According to Chargers radio color man Hank Bauer – Bauer worked under Saunders in San Diego – who first reported the news, Saunders declined a job in the Raiders' front office. He plans to spend more time with family and will move Virginia in May.
At 68, Saunders has been in coaching since 1970, and has been in the NFL since 1983. He was San Diego Chargers head coach from 1986-88 and was an NFL offensive coordinator on three other occasions.
Saunders has strong Bay Area ties. He largely grew up in Oakland, went to San Francisco St. Ignatius High and was decorated defensive back at San Jose State. He was also was offensive coordinator/assistant head coach at the University of California from 1976-81.