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Raiders hire former Packers defensive coordinator Bob Sanders

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The Raiders fired several members of coach Dennis Allen’s staff after the end of the regular season, including linebackers coach Johnny Holland.

They’ve now filled all of those spots with the announcement that Bob Sanders will coach the linebackers this season. This is not the Bob Sanders who played safety well for the Colts when he wasn’t battling one of his frequent injuries. It is the Bob Sanders who ran the Packers defense from 2006 to 2008.

Sanders’ defense finished sixth in the NFL in points allowed in 2007, helping them to a 13-3 record and a berth in the NFC Championship Game. The performance cratered in 2008, however, and Sanders was replaced by Dom Capers. Raiders General Manager Reggie McKenzie worked for the Packers in a personnel job during those seasons so there’s a familiarity with Sanders’ work in Oakland.

The Raiders will likely be looking for a new middle linebacker this offseason thanks to Rolando McClain’s status as persona non grata within the organization after getting suspended for conduct detrimental to the team. McClain was also arrested earlier this month.

Sanders landed in Buffalo where he coached the defensive line in 2009 and linebackers in the last three years.

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15 Responses to “Raiders hire former Packers defensive coordinator Bob Sanders”
  1. spellingcops says: Jan 25, 2013 4:36 PM

    Commitment to excrement.

  2. emmac13 says: Jan 25, 2013 5:08 PM

    I was thinking Bob Sanders from Indy went into coaching. Wrong.

  3. pastcoaches says: Jan 25, 2013 5:53 PM

    And Raidernation adds another Packer! Will Clay Matthews take Rolando’s spot?

  4. vipod4ever says: Jan 25, 2013 6:06 PM

    The coaching staff is set, now it’s up to Reggie. The next two draft seasons along with free agency will go a long way in the Raiders returning to excellence, and not that other word.

  5. nflofficeadmin says: Jan 25, 2013 6:20 PM

    Please no Manti Te’o. The dude is just too weird. Admittedly, I did not watch any of his games… except the one that mattered most and he was invisible in that game.

  6. mrtevytev says: Jan 25, 2013 6:33 PM

    Great for this Bob Sanders, Probably wont see Indy’s Bob Sanders again until ESPN does: “E60: Injuries Before And After”

  7. raiderapologist says: Jan 25, 2013 7:24 PM

    Now they just to hire some guys that can play linebacker.

  8. tdubdizzle says: Jan 25, 2013 8:48 PM

    Great hire.Lots of experience on both sides of the ball now.

  9. bradleyharrison says: Jan 25, 2013 8:57 PM

    Wait. When did they hire an OC? Sparano is just coaching the Oline (and Assistant Head Coach) — you said all the spots were filled?

  10. mullman76 says: Jan 25, 2013 9:50 PM

    I love how a hater/donkey/troll is the first one to post. A persistent troll as well.

    I guess I like the hire, just looking forward to some results in 2013.

    We’ll see…

  11. joetoronto says: Jan 26, 2013 6:45 AM

    pastcoaches says:
    Jan 25, 2013 5:53 PM
    And Raidernation adds another Packer! Will Clay Matthews take Rolando’s spot?
    ***************************************************

    WTF, Clay Matthews at MLB?

    He get steamrolled every play.

  12. csdaddy7777 says: Jan 26, 2013 7:38 AM

    As I said when Sporanno was hired. Everyone keep laughing (spelling cops troll). Things are changing in Oakland. Another solid coach coming in. I love it.

  13. hotcarl8744 says: Jan 26, 2013 12:32 PM

    Bill Romanowski would have made a better LB coach. He would have brought personal experience to the position and intensity. Can’t hate

  14. csdaddy7777 says: Jan 26, 2013 3:42 PM

    hotcarl8744 says:
    Jan 26, 2013 12:32 PM
    Bill Romanowski would have made a better LB coach. He would have brought personal experience to the position and intensity. Can’t hate
    ———————————————————————————–
    Doesn’t necessarily mean u can coach. Just saying

  15. crystalcoastraider says: Jan 27, 2013 11:18 AM

    Wait. When did they hire an OC? Sparano is just coaching the Oline (and Assistant Head Coach) — you said all the spots were filled?

    Raiders hired Greg Olsen as Off. Coordinator

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