The Raiders announced on Friday they have named former NFL defensive coordinator Bob Sanders linebackers coach.
Sanders joins Jason Tarver and Allen as one of three individuals on staff with NFL defensive-coordinator experience, meanwhile, three coaches on the offensive side (Greg Olson, Tony Sparano and Al Saunders) have been an NFL offensive coordinator and, not counting Allen, two former NFL head coaches are now on Oakland’s staff: Saunders and Sparano.
Sanders has a strong reputation as a linebackers coach, in addition to his time coaching defensive line. He spent the last four seasons with Buffalo, having joined the Bills as defensive line coach (2009), then spent the next two seasons (2010-11) as outside linebackers coach, before taking over the entire linebacking unit in 2012.
In Green Bay for four seasons (2005-08), Sanders began as defensive ends coach (2005), then was promoted by Mike McCarthy to the new head coach’s first defensive coordinator, a role he held from 2006-08.