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  • Fri., Aug. 01, 2014 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM PDT Meet Rod Martin Meet Raiders Legend Rod Martin at The Raider Image at Universal CityWalk on Friday, August 1 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Sat., Aug. 02, 2014 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM PDT Meet Rod Martin Meet Raiders Legend Rod Martin at The Raider Image at Universal CityWalk on Saturday, August 2 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Sun., Aug. 03, 2014 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM PDT Meet Rod Martin Meet Raiders Legend Rod Martin at The Raider Image at Universal CityWalk on Sunday, August 3 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Fri., Sep. 12, 2014 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM PDT Meet Lester Hayes Meet Raiders Legend Lester Hayes at The Raider Image at Hegenberger in Oakland on Friday, September 12 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Fri., Sep. 12, 2014 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM PDT Meet Ted Hendricks Meet Raiders Legend Ted Hendricks at The Raider Image at Hegenberger in Oakland on Friday, September 12 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Sat., Sep. 13, 2014 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM PDT Raiders Back to Football 5K The Oakland Raiders Back to Football 5K Run will bring together both runners and NFL fans, and welcomes participants of all abilities to kick off the 2014 Oakland Raiders season. Be sure to register early as spots will be limited.
     
    Who: Runners of all abilities
    What: Back to Football 5k and Kids Fun Run
    Where: O.Co Coliseum
    Date: September 13, 2014 at 9:00 a.m.
    Back to Football Run Package Includes:    
    • Start the race on the field
    • Finish at Celebration Village
    • Participant Tee
    • Commemorative finisher's medal
    • 1 ticket to a Raiders Home Game
    • Post-race Celebration Village activities

    Click here to register!

  • Sat., Sep. 13, 2014 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM PDT Meet Ted Hendricks Meet Raiders Legend Ted Hendricks at The Raider Image at Hegenberger in Oakland on Saturday, September 13 from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Sat., Sep. 13, 2014 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM PDT Meet Lester Hayes Meet Raiders Legend Lester Hayes at The Raider Image at Hegenberger in Oakland on Saturday, September 13 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Sat., Sep. 13, 2014 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM PDT 6th Annual Ted Hendricks & Friends Charity Bowling Event

    Sign up now for the 6th Annual Ted Hendricks & Friends Charity Bowling Tournament. The event is set for Saturday, September 13, 2014, from 4-8:00 p.m. PT at AMF South Shore Lanes in Alameda, Calif.

    Email linda@hofplayers for more information.

Coaches

Al Saunders
Senior Offensive Assistant

Al Saunders returns for his fourth season on the Oakland Raiders’ coaching staff. Saunders has over 40 years of coaching experience, including the past 31 in the National Football League. He has been a part of 15 playoff teams, five division titles and one Super Bowl championship as an NFL coach and 20 times his offensive units have ranked first in the NFL in total offense, passing, rushing or scoring.

Al Saunders returns for his fourth season on the Oakland Raiders’ coaching staff. Saunders has over 40 years of coaching experience, including the past 31 in the National Football League. He has been a part of 15 playoff teams, five division titles and one Super Bowl championship as an NFL coach and 20 times his offensive units have ranked first in the NFL in total offense, passing, rushing or scoring.

In 2011, Saunders experienced success as the Raiders offensive coordinator, despite injuries at key positions. Oakland’s offense finished the season with the second highest yardage total in franchise history (6,072) and ranked among the NFL leaders in rushing (seventh, 131.9), total offense (ninth, 379.5), and passing (11th, 247.6). In addition, the R aiders ranked second in the league in explosive plays of 20-or-more yards with 84, first in two-minute scoring offense and established a franchise record by allowing only 25 sacks on the season.

He spent two playoff seasons with the Baltimore Ravens, serving as an offensive consultant in 2009 and as senior offensive assistant in 2010.

Saunders served as the offensive coordinator for the St. Louis Rams in 2008, returning to the franchise nearly a decade after helping the team win a World Championship in 1999 with one of the most explosive offenses in league history, as associate head coach/ receivers. Saunders was part of a coaching staff that helped create “The Greatest Show on Turf” establishing NFL records in 2000 of 7,075 total yards and 5,232 passing yards, and 540 points (33.8 avg.). In 1999, the Rams finished atop the NFL with 6,412 yards of total offense, 272.1 passing yards per game and 32.9 points per game en route to winning Super Bowl XXIV.

Between stints with the Rams, Saunders led Washington’s offense, under Hall of Fame coach Joe Gibbs (2006-07), for two seasons as the associate head coach/offense, helping the Redskins to a playoff berth in 2007. In 2006, the Redskins produced one of the league’s top rushing attacks and QB Mark Brunell established an NFL record with 22 consecutive completions in a single game.

He served as the assistant head coach/offensive coordinator for Dick Vermeil with the Kansas City Chiefs from 2001-05, having previously spent 10 years in Kansas City as assistant head coach/receivers for Marty Schottenheimer (1989-98). During his second stint with the Chiefs, Saunders’ offense established 46 franchise records and exploded with 2,157 points, 262 touchdowns and 30,470 net yards, more than any other NFL team across those five seasons. In 2005, he was named USA Today’s Offensive Coach of the Year as the Chiefs offense led the NFL for a second consecutive year.

In 2004, the Chiefs led the NFL in total offense for the first time in team history, accumulating a franchise-record 6,695 yards (418.4 avg.) and breaking or tying 18 single-season records. The Chiefs also broke or tied numerous NFL records, establishing a single-season record with 398 first downs and tying a 42-year old mark with 63 rushing touchdowns over two seasons. Kansas City became the first team in NFL history to produce three running backs that recorded 150-yard rushing performances, and was the first team to post eight rushing touchdowns in one game. Tony Gonzalez also set the NFL single-season receiving mark for tight ends with 102 receptions, and QB Trent Green had over 300 yards passing in eight games to become just the fourth quarterback in NFL history to finish four straight seasons with a QB rating above 90.

In 2003, the Chiefs led the NFL in scoring for the second straight season with a franchise-record 484 points, and the highest red-zone TD scoring percentage (77.8) in league history. RB Priest Holmes set an NFL single-season record with 27 rushing touchdowns and was named NFL Offensive Player of the Year. In 2002, Saunders’ offense led the league in scoring with 467 points and broke or tied 22 single-season team records, including the long-standing NFL record for fewest fumbles (two) and the mark for longest touchdown pass in league history (99 yds.) and the most combined first downs in a game (64). In 2001, Kansas City’s offense ranked in the NFL top-10 in rushing, passing, scoring and total offense, and Holmes led the league in rushing with 1,555 yards.   

His first NFL head-coaching position came with the Chargers as interim head coach in 1986, following the resignation of Don Coryell. He spent two full seasons as the Chargers head coach after previously filling the roles of assistant head coach (1985-86) and receivers coach (1983-84) for “Air Coryell,” one of the most exciting and prolific offenses in NFL history. In 1985, the Chargers led the NFL in passing and total offense for an unprecedented fifth time in six seasons featuring Hall of Famers Dan Fouts, Kellen Winslow and Charlie Joiner.

Prior to entering the NFL ranks, Saunders spent 12 years as an assistant at the collegiate level. He began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at USC under the legendary John McKay from 1970-71 and served as receivers coach at Missouri in 1972.

Following three seasons as play-caller and offensive backfield coach at Utah State, where Louie Giammona led the nation in all-purpose yardage for two consecutive years (1974-75), Saunders spent six seasons at California as assistant head coach/offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach. He helped the Golden Bears set 32 NCAA, conference and school records and finished each season ranked in the top 10 in the nation in passing. His final collegiate stop was in 1982 as offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach under head coach Johnny Majors at Tennessee, where he tutored an explosive, record-breaking offense that included future Raider wide receiver Willie Gault.

PERSONAL: Saunders is a member of the San Jose State Hall of Fame, having earned Academic All-America honors as a three-year starter and team captain at defensive back and wide receiver from 1966-68. He was the recipient of California’s State Graduate Fellowship and earned a master’s degree in education from Stanford. Saunders was recognized in Who’s Who in America and was awarded California’s prestigious Golden State Award in 1989, given for community leadership and service. He is a former All-America swimmer and national record holder in the sport. Also an accomplished distance runner, he was crowned the Road Runners Club of America’s Master 5K National Champion in 1996. Saunders and his wife, Karen, have three children: sons Robert and Joseph, and daughter Korrin. 

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  • Several Raiders Have Roots in UK

    Posted Oct 8, 2013

    Two players on the team’s current roster and an assistant coach, defensive lineman Jack Crawford and offensive lineman Menelik Watson, and Senior Offensive Assistant Al Saunders, have roots in the United Kingdom.

  • Saunders Se Queda En Oakland

    Posted Feb 8, 2012

    Al Saunders se queda en el plantel de entrenadores de los Raiders como asistente ofensivo superior.