Sal Sunseri

Report: Sal Sunseri to leave Florida State for position with Oakland Raiders


Sal Sunseri doesn’t stay in one place for very long.

Florida State’s defensive ends coach worked with three different programs since the start of the 2009 season. His longest tenure since the start of the new millennium came from 2002-08 when he was the defensive line coach for the Carolina Panthers.

Sunseri is prepared to return to the NFL, according to

“Multiple sources have informed Noles247 that Florida State defensive ends coach Sal Sunseri is headed to the NFL and he’s taking a job with the Oakland Raiders,”’s Josh Newberg reported.

The Tallahassee Democrat‘s Corey Clark confirmed the initial report:

Since his coaching career began in 1985, the Raiders are the 12 different organization to employ Sunseri. The coach’s longest tenure at any stop was eight years at the University of Pittsburgh to begin his career.

Sunseri will now join Jack Del Rio‘s new staff. His exact role has yet to be revealed, but his only previous NFL experience came in Carolina working with the defensive line.

It seems to be the perfect time to leave Florida State, too.

The Seminoles lost their first game in two years during the Rose Bowl against the Oregon Ducks. The team also lost its two most talent defensive linemen, Eddie Goldman and Mario Edwards Jr., to the NFL draft.

With Sunseri’s departure, assistant head coach Odell Haggins will likely take full control of the defensive line.

Sunseri’s family clearly supports the move: