The Oakland Raiders continue filling their coaching needs naming Bob Sanders linebackers coach. He spent the last four seasons as the linebackers coach of the Buffalo Bills. Oakland has now filled vacancies at offensive coordinator with Greg Olson, special teams coordinator with Bobby April, offensive line coach and assistant head coach with Tony Sparano and now Sanders.
Sanders has previous experience as a defensive coordinator for the Green Bay Packers from 2006-2008. During 2006, he commanded a defense that ranked 12th in the NFL in total yards and 25th in points per game. There was improvement in 2007 with an 11th ranking in total yards and 6th best in points per game. His final season in 2008, Sanders coached the defense that ranked 20th in total yards and 22nd in points per game.
During a decade plus span from 1990-2000, Sanders was a defense coach at the University of Florida in many different capacities under head coach Steve Spurrier. Now he will get the opportunity to coach what was arguably the best unit for the Raiders in 2012. Both Philip Wheeler and rookie Miles Burris played well. If Sanders can take them to the next level, Oakland should have a formidable linebacker corps for years. One question mark will be whether middle linebacker and former first round selection Rolando McClain will return in 2013.
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