My only issue with a Saunders hire is that he was hired last year specifically to guard against our offense taking a huge step backwards and provide continuity. The problems in the running game notwithstanding, we still had far too many games where our passing schemes looked pedestrian. I can't just saddle Knapp with fault. Every person with key input gets part of the blame in my book, and yes, that includes Saunders. He wasn't just there twiddling his thumbs.
"Why can't we tell the world that [as the Raiders' coach] you refused to play games in the segregated South, holding out to the point where they were canceled?' And he would stop me dead in my tracks and say, 'Hey, kid -- I didn't do it for publicity. I did it because it was right.' "