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Browns Reportedly Bringing Al Saunders Aboard as Senior Offensive Assistant

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

According to Football Scoop, the Cleveland Browns are planning on hiring veteran coach Al Saunders as a senior offensive assistant. Mary Kay Cabot of the Plain Dealer says that head coach Hue Jackson met with Saunders last week and wants him to join his staff.

Saunders, at 68 years of age, has always had the reputation of being a great offensive mind. He also has a long-standing relationship with Jackson. In 2009, Jackson was the Baltimore Ravens' quarterbacks coach at the same time Saunders was a senior offensive assistant for them. When Jackson became the Oakland Raiders' head coach in 2011, he hired Saunders as his offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach.

When Jackson was let go after just one season, Saunders remained with Oakland from 2012-2014 as a senior offensive assistant. He held that same position in 2015 with the Miami Dolphins, but their coaching changes likely meant Saunders was free to pursue opportunities elsewhere.

Although we're still waiting for Jackson's staff (besides Chris Tabor) to become official, the names that have been put out there indicates that he will indeed have a strong staff, perhaps stronger than any new head coach in the NFL this year.