October 07, 2015 - Aaron Wilson
Dolphins hire Al Saunders as senior offensive assistant
The Miami Dolphins hired Al Saunders as senior offensive assistant. Saunder has a significant amount of coaching experience, coaching for 40 years and 32 in the NFL. Saunders spent the past four seasons with the Oakland Raiders as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach and then as a senior offensive assistant. He's been a part of 15 playoff teams, five division titles and one Super Bowl championship as an NFL coach. Prior to coming to Oakland, 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 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 as associate head coach/receivers. Between stints with the Rams, Saunders led Washington’s offense for two seasons as the associate head coach/offense, helping the Redskins to a playoff berth in 2007. He served as the assistant head coach/offensive coordinator with the Kansas City Chiefs from 2001-05, having previously spent 10 years in Kansas City as assistant head coach/receivers (1989-98). His first NFL head-coaching position came with the Chargers as interim head coach in 1986. 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). The Chargers also named Ben Johnson as tight ends coach. He was previously assistant quarterbacks coach. Ken O'Keefe was hired as senior offensive assistant. He was previously wide receivers coach for the past four seasons. Mike Wahle was named assistant tight ends coach. He was a sports performance assistant before that. Wahle was an offensive lineman for the Green Bay Packers, Carolina Panthers and Seattle Seahawks. He made All-Pro in 2005. Follow me on Twitter: @AaronWilson_NFL Aaron Wilson covers the Texans for The Houston Chronicle.