While other NFL teams are beginning to fill their head coaching vacancies, the have yet to bring anyone in for a formal interview. But, that is expected to change within the next week, as Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Al Saunders, who 2010 pro bowl Vikings 4 Brett Favre jersey
almost landed the Raiders coaching job after the 2002 season before Al Davis hired Bill Callahan, is expected to visit Alameda. The 58-year old Saunders does have ties to the Bay Area, having attended San Jose State and Stanford, as well as being an assistant coach at California before accepting the head coaching job of the Raiders arch-rival, the San Diego Chargers, in 1986. He was 17-22 in two and a half seasons at the helm there.Although it wasn't a highly-guarded secret that Herman Edwards would be the man to replace Dick Vermeil in Kansas City after the veteran coach called it a career a few weeks ago, many observers and players felt that Saunders deserved to inherit the job since he has been part of the organization for 15 years. Saunders was even given a "token" interview before the announcement of 6 Super Bowl Champions jersey White jersey
Edwards as the new coach.Davis has previously stated that the Raiders will take their time in naming a new coach, after having fired the last three in a span of four years. Working in Saunders favor is that he has proven himself to be an offensive guru in his career. As coordinator of the Chiefs, the team has consistently been near the top in numerous offensive categories, including first in total offense in 2005.