May 8, 2009; Alameda, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders receivers coach Sanjay Lal during minicamp at the Raiders practice facility. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE
Today, we take a look at one of the Jets newest staff members. He worked previously for the Oakland Raiders, and with the expectations on Stephen Hill, he will have a lot of pressure on him in 2012. Spotlight on the new Jets WR coach Sanjay Lal.
Sanjay Lal, now 42 years old, had a good college career as a wide receiver. He played for the Cotton Bowl winning UCLA team in 1989, and then transferred to the University of Washington for the final three years of school. He played in two Rose Bowls with Washington, won a National Championship in 1992, and was inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame.
His playing career was brief, earning a training camp visit in 1998 and being signed by the St. Louis Rams, and a brief stint in NFL Europe in 1999.
He began his coaching career during this time as well.
The highlight of Lal’s early coaching career was 1996-2002, working as assistant coach, wide receivers coach, and passing game coordinator for Miramonte High School, and the school won 5 North Coast Section Championships during this period, and ran a 13-0 record in 2001.
Sanjay Lal broke into the NFL in 2007 as offensive quality control coach in Oakland, filled that position for two years before being promoted to wide receivers coach in 2009.
His biggest credit while in Oakland is the development of high draft pick, Darrius Heyward-Bey. From his rookie season in 2009, he has gone from 9 catches, to 26 catches in 2010, to 64 catches in 2011.
Lal will increase his stock in the league as an offensive coach should 2012 go well for Stephen Hill, as he is a guy that has been described in many circles as “raw”. Like I always say, time will tell.