Raiders retain Al Saunders as assistant

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ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) -- Former offensive coordinator Al Saunders will remain on the Oakland Raiders coaching staff as a senior offensive assistant.

The team announced Wednesday that Saunders will be on new coach Dennis Allen's staff in 2012. Saunders was offensive coordinator under Hue Jackson last season.

The Raiders had previously hired Greg Knapp to be offensive coordinator even though Saunders was still under contract.

Saunders has spent the past 29 seasons as either a head coach or assistant in the NFL. He won a Super Bowl as receivers coach in St. Louis in 1999 and has been to the playoffs 15 times.