Al Saunders

Coaching Record

Years Coached Record Win % Playoff record Playoff win %
36 277-296-2 48.35% 8-12 40.00%

Coaching Tree

Parents:

Don Coryell

Children:

Gunther Cunningham, Jim L. Mora (Jr.)


Biography

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Career Summary

Al Saunders was a football coach in the National Football League (NFL) from 1983 to 2018, finishing his career as the special projects/senior assistant coach of the Cleveland Browns. Over his thirty-six years of coaching his teams compiled a cumulative win/loss record of 277-296-2. He was the head coach of the San Diego Chargers from 1987 until the 1988 season, during which time the Chargers went 14-17-0. During his career he was a head coach for two seasons.

Career Awards

During his time as interim head coach and offensive coordinator he coached two players to award-winning seasons. As the offensive coordinator for the Chiefs Priest Holmes won AP Offensive Player of the Year. As the interim head coach for the Chargers Leslie O'Neal won AP Defensive Rookie of the Year.

Al Saunders Coaching Tree

Before he was a head coach, Saunders served as an assistant coach for Don Coryell, Marty Schottenheimer, Dick Vermeil, Mike Martz, Joe Gibbs, Scott Linehan, John Harbaugh, Hue Jackson, Dennis Allen, and Joe Philbin. Ten of these years were spent on Schottenheimer's coaching staff. During his time as head coach, two assistant coaches, (Gunther Cunningham and Jim L. Mora (Jr.)) on his coaching staff were hired as head coaches across the league. His coaching tree has combined for a record of 47-49-0 in the regular season and 1-1 in the playoffs during their six seasons as head coach after serving on his coaching staffs.

Personal Information

Saunders was born on Saturday, February 1, 1947.


History

Year Position Record Playoff record
2018 Cleveland Browns Special Projects / Senior Assistant Coach 7-8-1 0-0
2017 Cleveland Browns Wide Receivers Coach / Senior Offensive Assistant Coach 0-16-0 0-0
2016 Cleveland Browns Wide Receivers Coach / Senior Offensive Assistant Coach 1-15-0 0-0
2015 Miami Dolphins Senior Offensive Assistant Coach 6-10-0 0-0
2014 Oakland Raiders Senior Offensive Assistant Coach 3-13-0 0-0
2013 Oakland Raiders Senior Offensive Assistant Coach 4-12-0 0-0
2012 Oakland Raiders Senior Offensive Assistant Coach 4-12-0 0-0
2011 Oakland Raiders Offensive Coordinator 8-8-0 0-0
2010 Baltimore Ravens Senior Offensive Assistant Coach 12-4-0 1-1
2009 Baltimore Ravens Offensive Consultant 9-7-0 1-1
2008 St. Louis Rams Offensive Coordinator 2-14-0 0-0
2007 Washington Redskins Associate Head Coach / Offensive Assistant Coach 9-7-0 0-1
2006 Washington Redskins Associate Head Coach / Offensive Assistant Coach 5-11-0 0-0
2005 Kansas City Chiefs Assistant Head Coach / Offensive Coordinator 10-6-0 0-0
2004 Kansas City Chiefs Assistant Head Coach / Offensive Coordinator 7-9-0 0-0
2003 Kansas City Chiefs Assistant Head Coach / Offensive Coordinator 13-3-0 0-1
2002 Kansas City Chiefs Assistant Head Coach / Offensive Coordinator 8-8-0 0-0
2001 Kansas City Chiefs Assistant Head Coach / Offensive Coordinator 6-10-0 0-0
2000 St. Louis Rams Associate Head Coach / Wide Receivers Coach 10-6-0 0-1
1999 St. Louis Rams Associate Head Coach / Wide Receivers Coach 13-3-0 3-0
1998 Kansas City Chiefs Assistant Head Coach / Wide Receivers Coach 7-9-0 0-0
1997 Kansas City Chiefs Assistant Head Coach / Wide Receivers Coach 13-3-0 0-1
1996 Kansas City Chiefs Assistant Head Coach / Wide Receivers Coach 9-7-0 0-0
1995 Kansas City Chiefs Assistant Head Coach / Wide Receivers Coach 13-3-0 0-1
1994 Kansas City Chiefs Assistant Head Coach / Wide Receivers Coach 9-7-0 0-1
1993 Kansas City Chiefs Assistant Head Coach / Wide Receivers Coach 11-5-0 2-1
1992 Kansas City Chiefs Assistant Head Coach / Wide Receivers Coach 10-6-0 0-1
1991 Kansas City Chiefs Wide Receivers Coach 10-6-0 1-1
1990 Kansas City Chiefs Wide Receivers Coach 11-5-0 0-1
1989 Kansas City Chiefs Wide Receivers Coach 8-7-1 0-0
1988 San Diego Chargers Head Coach 6-10-0 0-0
1987 San Diego Chargers Head Coach 8-7-0 0-0
1986 San Diego Chargers Interim Head Coach / Assistant Head Coach 4-12-0 0-0
1985 San Diego Chargers Assistant Head Coach 8-8-0 0-0
1984 San Diego Chargers Wide Receivers Coach 7-9-0 0-0
1983 San Diego Chargers Wide Receivers Coach 6-10-0 0-0

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