Coaches

Sanjay Lal
Wide Receivers Coach
College:
Washington
Hometown:
London, England
Experience:
10

Sanjay Lal enters his first season as the wide receivers coach of the Indianapolis Colts. He has 10 previous years of NFL experience with the Buffalo Bills, New York Jets and Oakland Raiders.

 

Lal spent the last two seasons as Buffalo’s wide receivers coach. Last year, Bills wide receivers accounted for 11 touchdowns. In 2015, Sammy Watkins recorded his first 1,000-yard campaign and led the NFL in average yards at the point of the catch (14.7). After returning from injury, Watkins finished the second half of the season ranked third in the NFL in receiving yards (900) from Weeks 9 to 17.

 

Prior to arriving in Buffalo, Lal spent three seasons (2012-14) with the New York Jets and coached Eric Decker who posted 74 catches for 962 yards and five touchdowns in 2014. In 2013, he guided Jeremy Kerley and David Nelson who finished first and second on the team in receptions respectively. Kerley also posted a career-best 56 receptions in addition to 827 yards and a 14.8 yards per catch average in 2012.

 

Lal spent five seasons (2007-2011) with the Oakland Raiders as the assistant wide receivers/quality control coach (2007-08) and wide receivers coach (2009-2011). While in Oakland, Raiders wide receivers finished sixth in the NFL with an average of 15.0 yards per catch. Denarius Moore ended the 2011 season with an 18.7 yards per reception average, which was the fourth-highest total among all wide receivers in the NFL. In 2010, he coached one of the youngest wide receiver units in the NFL, as no Oakland receiver entered the year with more than three seasons of pro experience. Lal helped rookie Jacoby Ford average 18.8 yards per catch.

 

Lal was the offensive assistant and quarterbacks coach at the University of California for three seasons before joining the NFL. The Golden Bears played in a bowl game in each of his three years and captured a share of the school’s first Pac-10 title in 2006. Lal was the quarterbacks and strength, speed and conditioning coach at Saint Mary’s college in 2004 and was the wide receivers coach at Los Medanos College in 2003.

 

Lal attended the University of Washington where he played wide receiver and became a Husky Hall of Fame selection. He was on Washington’s 1992 National Championship team and a member of two Rose Bowl teams. Lal was invited to training camp with the Raiders in 1995 and also spent time with the St. Louis Rams in 1998. He signed with the Scottish Claymores of NFL Europe in 1999.

 

Coaching Career

1996-2002       Miramonte (CA) High School  Passing Game Coordinator/Wide Receivers

2003                Los Medanos College             Wide Receivers

2004                Saint Mary’s College               Quarterbacks/Strength, Speed & Conditioning

2004-2006       California                                 Offensive Assistant/Quarterbacks

2007-2008       Oakland Raiders                     Assistant Wide Receivers/Quality Control

2009-2011       Oakland Raiders                     Wide Receivers

2012-2014       New York Jets                         Wide Receivers

2015-2016       Buffalo Bills                             Wide Receivers

2017                Indianapolis Colts                    Wide Receivers

Sanjay Lal enters his first season as the wide receivers coach of the Indianapolis Colts. He has 10 previous years of NFL experience with the Buffalo Bills, New York Jets and Oakland Raiders.

 

Lal spent the last two seasons as Buffalo’s wide receivers coach. Last year, Bills wide receivers accounted for 11 touchdowns. In 2015, Sammy Watkins recorded his first 1,000-yard campaign and led the NFL in average yards at the point of the catch (14.7). After returning from injury, Watkins finished the second half of the season ranked third in the NFL in receiving yards (900) from Weeks 9 to 17.

 

Prior to arriving in Buffalo, Lal spent three seasons (2012-14) with the New York Jets and coached Eric Decker who posted 74 catches for 962 yards and five touchdowns in 2014. In 2013, he guided Jeremy Kerley and David Nelson who finished first and second on the team in receptions respectively. Kerley also posted a career-best 56 receptions in addition to 827 yards and a 14.8 yards per catch average in 2012.

 

Lal spent five seasons (2007-2011) with the Oakland Raiders as the assistant wide receivers/quality control coach (2007-08) and wide receivers coach (2009-2011). While in Oakland, Raiders wide receivers finished sixth in the NFL with an average of 15.0 yards per catch. Denarius Moore ended the 2011 season with an 18.7 yards per reception average, which was the fourth-highest total among all wide receivers in the NFL. In 2010, he coached one of the youngest wide receiver units in the NFL, as no Oakland receiver entered the year with more than three seasons of pro experience. Lal helped rookie Jacoby Ford average 18.8 yards per catch.

 

Lal was the offensive assistant and quarterbacks coach at the University of California for three seasons before joining the NFL. The Golden Bears played in a bowl game in each of his three years and captured a share of the school’s first Pac-10 title in 2006. Lal was the quarterbacks and strength, speed and conditioning coach at Saint Mary’s college in 2004 and was the wide receivers coach at Los Medanos College in 2003.

 

Lal attended the University of Washington where he played wide receiver and became a Husky Hall of Fame selection. He was on Washington’s 1992 National Championship team and a member of two Rose Bowl teams. Lal was invited to training camp with the Raiders in 1995 and also spent time with the St. Louis Rams in 1998. He signed with the Scottish Claymores of NFL Europe in 1999.

 

Coaching Career

1996-2002       Miramonte (CA) High School  Passing Game Coordinator/Wide Receivers

2003                Los Medanos College             Wide Receivers

2004                Saint Mary’s College               Quarterbacks/Strength, Speed & Conditioning

2004-2006       California                                 Offensive Assistant/Quarterbacks

2007-2008       Oakland Raiders                     Assistant Wide Receivers/Quality Control

2009-2011       Oakland Raiders                     Wide Receivers

2012-2014       New York Jets                         Wide Receivers

2015-2016       Buffalo Bills                             Wide Receivers

2017                Indianapolis Colts                    Wide Receivers