Saunders will change offense

The addition of offensive coordinator Al Saunders will make the Washington attack difficult to stop.

Updated: August 16, 2006, 1:41 PM ET
By Chuck Knox Jr | Scouts Inc.
As the final seconds ticked off the clock in the Redskins' playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks, fans in Washington had reason to be happy. The team had reached the postseason for the first time in years behind a solid defense and an offense that had made huge strides.

The Redskins ranked 11th in the league in total offense last year, but still had plenty of room for improvement, especially in the passing game. Washington finished seventh in the league in rushing but only 21st in passing, preventing the team from going deeper into the playoffs.

Joe Gibbs was looking for a way to upgrade his offense. His first move was to hire former Chiefs offensive coordinator Al Saunders and give him control of the Redskins offense. To improve the wide receiving corps, Gibbs signed free agent Antwaan Randle El of the Pittsburgh Steelers and made a trade for San Francisco's Brandon Lloyd.


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A veteran NFL assistant coach, Chuck Knox Jr. has spent 13 seasons coaching with four different teams. Most recently, he was a defensive assistant for six seasons with the Minnesota Vikings, including stints as outside linebackers coach, defensive backs coach and coverage coordinator.

The son of former Rams, Bills and Seahawks head coach Chuck Knox Sr., Knox is a graduate of the University of Arizona, where he played running back. He lives in Eden Prairie, Minn., with his wife and two children.

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