Late for Work 1/21: Schefter: Oakland Hired Saunders As O.C.

Plus ousted Matsko already landed on his feet and Bisciotti defended Harbs’ radio comments.

Posted by on Friday, January 21st, 2011 at 9:13 am | Categories: Late For Work

Schefter: Oakland Hired Saunders As O.C.

It looks like Senior Offensive Assistant Al Saunder’s two-year stint in Baltimore has come to an end.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the Oakland Raiders hired Saunders as its offensive coordinator.

The news was expected after Raiders Owner Al Davis hired Hue Jackson, who worked with Saunders in Baltimore in 2009, as his head coach. Davis has interviewed Saunders for spots on his staff before.

“Unlike Chuck Pagano, Saunders is happy to get sentenced to time in Oakland,” wrote’s Gregg Rosenthal.

Saunders, 64, will not be calling plays, however. Jackson was a big reason for the Raiders’ offensive turnaround in 2010 and has already announced that he will continue make the offensive calls.

But Saunders’ ties to Oakland’s quarterback Jason Campbell in Washington (2006-2007) should be helpful to the quarterback’s continued development.

ESPN’s Bill Williamson wrote that if Davis gets “the hankering to fire” Jackson, Saunders could be a potential replacement. Davis has hired six head coaches since 2002.

Panthers Hire Ravens’ Ousted Matsko

As Head Coach John Harbaugh predicted, it didn’t take long for the Ravens’ former Offensive Line Coach John Matsko to land on his feet.

Just one day after being relieved of his duties in Baltimore, the Carolina Panthers announced that Matsko is their new offensive line coach.

"John is regarded as an outstanding teacher in both the rushing and pass blocking aspects of offensive line play," Panthers Head Coach Ron Rivera told the team’s website. "A good offensive line is vital to the success of any offense, and John has a history of overseeing some outstanding units."

The Ravens announced yesterday that Andy Moeller is their new o-line coach.

Harbaugh Settles Conflicting Reports On Pees

I guess Schefter can’t get them all correct.

After Schefter reported the Eagles had requested permission to talk to Ravens Linebackers Coach Dean Pees for the vacant defensive coordinator job, the Philadelphia Daily News wrote that no such request had been made.

During the annual State of the Ravens press conference, Harbaugh confirmed that Pees was not interviewing with the Eagles.

Pees joined the Ravens last season after spending the past four as the defensive coordinator for the New England Patriots.

According to the Baltimore Sun, Pees will be a “stabilizing force” for new Defensive Coordinator Chuck Pagano. ┬áHe also has established a good relationship with linebackers Jarret Johnson, Ray Lewis and Terrell Suggs, among others.

Bisciotti Defends Harbaugh’s Radio Comments

When asked about Harbaugh getting upset with an irrational fan during an episode of his weekly WBAL radio show this season, Owner Steve Bisciotti said Harbaugh’s response “didn’t faze me.”

The fan blamed Defensive Line Coach Clarence Brooks for defensive tackle Terrence Cody’s performance earlier this season and suggested that Brooks be fired. Harbaugh said that fan could find another team to cheer for.

"We can take all the criticism in the world, but … if your solution is to whack our partners, that’s what John got frustrated with,” Bisciotti said. “That was the crux of it — fire Clarence, wasn’t it? That’s not a solution, per se.

"Good organizations don’t respond that way. And our goal, more than anything, is to be a quality organization. It takes time and you have to be patient and you have to work with them. There’s time to address those things."

Bisciotti said he’s seen Harbaugh lose his temper before and that was probably the first time he’s lost it on the radio. He explained that Harbaugh is a lot like him in that they are both fiery guys. Bisciotti said he frequently calls General Manager Ozzie Newsome when he needs to vent.

“So I’m very comfortable with John,” Bisciotti said. “If that’s his biggest regret or his biggest mistake in three years, then we’ve got a great future together."

Season Review Conference Wrap-Up

If you missed the 45-minute Ravens’ season review with Bisciotti, Harbaugh, Newsome and President Dick Cass, here are some quick highlights:

Quick Hits

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