|Date of birth||February 1, 1947|
|Place of birth||London, England|
|College||San Jose State University
|Head coaching record|
|Career record||17–22 (.436)|
|Coaching stats||Pro Football Reference|
|Team(s) as a coach/administrator|
Saunders was born in the north London suburb of Hendon as part of a sporting family; his great-uncle, Ron Saunders, played soccer for a number of teams in The Football League and later became a manager, winning honours with Norwich City and Aston Villa.
When Saunders was five years old, he moved with his family to North America, settling first in Canada before moving to northern California, after being sponsored by a family from Piedmont, California.
From 1983–1985, Saunders was the wide receivers coach for the Chargers. He became the assistant head coach for the 1986 season, and was tapped as the Chargers' head coach when Coryell resigned during the middle of the season. Saunders would eventually hold the head coaching position from 1986-1988.
Saunders would then join the St. Louis Rams coaching staff. From 1999-2000 he served as the wide receivers Coach under Dick Vermeil and later as assistant head coach under Mike Martz. During this period, the Rams won Super Bowl XXXIV in 2000.
Saunders would rejoin the Kansas City Chiefs in 2001 as the offensive coordinator when Vermeil came out of retirement. In his second stint with the Chiefs, Saunders built the NFL's top offense, which was ranked #1 in the NFL from 2002–2005.
After Joe Gibbs retired as head coach of the Redskins on January 8, 2008 and Jim Zorn was hired as the new offensive coordinator by Redskins' owner Dan Snyder on January 25, Saunders was fired by Snyder on January 26.
On January 20, 2011, Saunders was hired as the Offensive Coordinator for the Oakland Raiders. Saunders was not the primary play caller, as Head Coach Hue Jackson called offensive plays during his lone season as Raiders head coach.
On January 31, 2012, following Hue Jackson's firing, new coach Dennis Allen named Greg Knapp as the team's offensive coordinator, replacing Saunders. After interviewing for several vacant offensive coordinator positions with other organizations, Saunders agreed to return to Oakland as Senior Offensive Assistant for the 2012 season.
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- "Saunders of Chargers is out as coach". Lodi News-Sentinel. United Press International. December 20, 1988. Retrieved January 21, 2011.
- Tucker, Doug (January 23, 2001). "Saunders returns as offensive guru". Daily Union. Associated Press. Retrieved January 21, 2011.
- "Rams hire Saunders as offensive coordinator". USA Today. Associated Press. February 1, 2008. Retrieved January 21, 2011.
- Carter, Ivan (January 21, 2006). "Saunders Has Been Known to Mix It Up". The Washington Post. Retrieved January 21, 2011.
- Jenkins, Sally (September 25, 2006). "For This Week, A Complete Effort". The Washington Post. Retrieved January 21, 2011.
- "Redskins fire top two assistant coaches". United Press International. January 26, 2008. Archived from the original on January 26, 2011. Retrieved January 21, 2011.
- "Raiders to interview Al Saunders". Associated Press (ESPN.com). January 19, 2011. Archived from the original on January 22, 2011. Retrieved January 21, 2011.
- Bill Williamson (January 20, 2011). "Raiders add experience with new OC". ESPN.com. Archived from the original on January 23, 2011. Retrieved January 21, 2011.
- "Saunders Returns to Raiders Coaching Staff". Raiders.com. Archived from the original on February 10, 2012. Retrieved February 8, 2012.
|Kansas City Chiefs Offensive Coordinator
Hue Jackson & Don Breaux
|Washington Redskins Offensive Coordinator
|St. Louis Rams Offensive Coordinator
|Oakland Raiders Offensive Coordinator