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Tony Sparano lands in Oakland


There has been much discussion about the Raiders in recent days, for something that happened a decade ago.  Now, as they try to reverse 10 years of no playoff appearances, they’re adding a former head coach to their staff.

Tony Sparano, who worked as Dolphins coach for four seasons before serving as offensive coordinator of the Jets in 2012, has been hired to serve as assistant head coach/offensive line, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

Sparano had never been a coordinator before becoming the head coach in Miami, working previously as the Cowboys’ offensive line coach.  He’ll be charged with implementing a scheme other than the Texans-style zone blocking, which didn’t work very well last season.

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43 Responses to “Tony Sparano lands in Oakland”
  1. steelerben says: Jan 23, 2013 2:27 PM


  2. jerruhjones says: Jan 23, 2013 2:27 PM

    He can mentor Jamarcus!

  3. nflofficeadmin says: Jan 23, 2013 2:29 PM

    As long as he’s not calling the plays…

  4. raiderredleg says: Jan 23, 2013 2:30 PM

    Hopefully the experience of Olson and Sparano will free up Coach Allen to focus on help Taver fix the defense.

  5. markovellidadon says: Jan 23, 2013 2:32 PM

    It’s a step in the right direction.

  6. rudy5618 says: Jan 23, 2013 2:34 PM

    He was probably the worst OC in the league this season. The NFL just plays musical chairs with bad coaches.

  7. bartlettruss says: Jan 23, 2013 2:34 PM

    Maybe he’ll bring Tebow! Gotta be a tough time to be a Raiders fan…

  8. Deb says: Jan 23, 2013 2:40 PM

    And people claim the Raiders wouldn’t sabotage themselves 😉

  9. piratesofthecoliseum says: Jan 23, 2013 2:41 PM

    I really like this hire!! DA is bringing in some veteran coaches to help the offensive side of the ball, so hopefully he and tarver can focus on getting that D to play good!! Now we just need a good LB coach and we’ll be set!!

  10. bengalsstillsuck says: Jan 23, 2013 2:43 PM

    Lol to funny here comes Tebow Oakland fans or Sanchez now your definitely superbowl bound

  11. tdubdizzle says: Jan 23, 2013 2:45 PM

    Best move so far by Reggie Mckenzie and Dennis Allen.Coaching staffs shaping up to be a good one.

  12. cletusvandam says: Jan 23, 2013 2:46 PM

    I don’t understand the assistant head coach/something else title. Is this a way for a guy who is fired from another team at a higher level to save face? Do they mean assistant TO the head coach? Is assistant head coach higher than OC/DC?

  13. nineroutsider says: Jan 23, 2013 2:49 PM

    Wow, surprised to see raider fans supporting this hire, but they’ve surprised me a lot over the last 24-48 hours.

  14. raiderlyfe510 says: Jan 23, 2013 2:50 PM

    LOL. Dennis Allen loves hiring coaches that failed in their previous stop. The man can not hire a staff.

    We should have hire Mike Mularky as Offensive Coordinator. Bad head coach, but succeeded everywhere he’s been as a O Coordinator.Also Mularky’s O Lines are know for being physical and nasty.

    Also why not hire Bob Wylie as O Line coach? He was successful at his last stop(Raiders 2011). Unlike Sparano. Wylie knows how to get the most out of McFadden. This has been proven.

    Anyway we’ll most likely have a new head coach in 2014. We just have to rise this out.

  15. calibear831 says: Jan 23, 2013 2:52 PM

    Now bring in tebow for special teams protection!

  16. schmitty2 says: Jan 23, 2013 2:55 PM

    Lets just hope Sprano doesn’t jump around like a crazed gorilla every time Seabass kicks a FG. Fins fans know what I mean

  17. RexCanCoach says: Jan 23, 2013 3:11 PM

    …I can see Tebow in the Silver and Black…

  18. sandersond2013 says: Jan 23, 2013 3:21 PM

    Finally a good move by DA…

  19. rajbais says: Jan 23, 2013 3:22 PM

    The only reasonable decision Allen has made all offseason.

    Get ready for a 4 win season in Oakland!!

  20. vicksprman says: Jan 23, 2013 3:27 PM

    Hate to bring race into this, but here is another reason why it so hard to find minority coaches. Guys like this no matter how much they fail continue to get jobs. Thumbs down if you want but please tell me the last two jobs he had they couldn’t find anyone better.

  21. wtfpft says: Jan 23, 2013 3:28 PM

    How could you not support this, he’s a great line coach and it’s what got him a head coaching gig, he’s not calling plays people.

  22. csdaddy7777 says: Jan 23, 2013 3:33 PM

    Peeps can laugh all they want. But Oakland is turning things around. This is another competent hire. A former head coach comes in to coach the offensive line. Something he knows really well. I’ll take it. Sit back Oakland is transforming into a modern competent franchise

  23. hifive123 says: Jan 23, 2013 3:57 PM

    Folks, he’s been brought in to coach the O line, not be the OC. Your criticisms are unwarranted.

  24. Grinds My Gear says: Jan 23, 2013 4:03 PM

    As bad of a coach as Sparano was in Miami and Jets, he’s probably the best offensive lines coach on the market. People can hate on what he did over the last couple of years, but he’s back in a position where he’s good at. Cowboys had some of the best power blocking offensive lines during his year under Parcels. They were ranked pretty high in rushing TDs under Sparano, and they never had a rusher like Darren McFadden.

  25. vicksprman says: Jan 23, 2013 4:07 PM

    Okay he’s a great line coach who’s last two teams had terrible offensive lines so as the Head Coach and OC he had no input to the offensive line play?

  26. masterblaster78 says: Jan 23, 2013 4:07 PM

    Sorry, I’m not jumping thru hoops on this hire. I don’t think he’s that good. Look at his track record.

  27. vicksprman says: Jan 23, 2013 4:10 PM

    The list goes on and on Shurmer as the OC of the Eagles why? Ed 4th and 26 Donatello soon to be DC of the Eagles. Bobby April coaching the Raiders special teams did they not have any film of the Eagles games last year? The more these guys get recycled the more opportunities of younger guys regardless of color get overlooked.

  28. henryd3rd says: Jan 23, 2013 4:21 PM

    Having seen Sporano’s volume of work here in Miami I can only say you folks in Oakland better be ready for a lot of fist pumping after field goals. That’s what you get with Sporano and not a lot of imagination.

  29. ronlpitts says: Jan 23, 2013 4:27 PM

    As a Raider Fan I just have to say that Dennis Allen has a nack for picking coaches who were once “”awesome” but who now merely “”suck””.

  30. rickeydynamite25 says: Jan 23, 2013 4:54 PM

    Now would be the time to start praying for the quarterback’s physical health. Anybody remember the beating Sanchez took this past season? I fear the day DA gets fired and Sparano takes over as head coach. I think I’m going to be sick. ;-(

  31. lrjets says: Jan 23, 2013 5:18 PM

    Bet there’s not a 49ers or Ravens fan above. But they sure know how to criticize a decent man.

  32. nmrdr795 says: Jan 23, 2013 5:24 PM

    People dont really understand how good these coaches are. Just because he was horrible in miami doesnt mean he sucks everywhere. Everyone is horrible in miami. Da and big reg are just putting pieces that fit together. Coaches schemes and players that work as one. The old raiders were a mess just thrown together tryin to make somethin happin. This is the new era and big reg is doing it right. Look at the packers, niners, ravens and a normal fan cant name more then 2 coaches on each staff. So to say this is good or bad is dumb. Nobody knows but big reg sees something so ill take it

  33. njraiderfan19 says: Jan 23, 2013 5:44 PM

    I haven’t been a fan of some of their hires but I think Sporano falls into a plan of bringing in coaches to implement the power blocking scheme that the personnel is suited for. You use coaches to bring the offense back around which allows you to draft/sign thru FA the defensive players you desperately need. If Olson and Sporano can get on the same page the D might spend less time on the field.

  34. spfripp says: Jan 23, 2013 6:05 PM

    Sparano’s biggest down fall is that he is not very creative. People give him too much credit for bringing the wildcat to Miami when it was David Lee who gave Sparano the idea for running the wildcat. Sparano did a good job in Dallas but my question is when teams figure out his blocking scheme is he able to adjust? Dallas never met expectations under Parcells, after teams figured out the wildcat Miami never amounted to anything and from the get go the Jets offense was a disaster.

  35. starchybunker says: Jan 23, 2013 6:41 PM

    well, to his credit O-line was the last thing he coached that he was actually good at…so there’s that…

    not sure if Train Wreck West is an upgrade over Train Wreck East, but at least it shouldn’t be boring…

  36. kev86 says: Jan 23, 2013 6:58 PM

    He upgraded. Impressive.

  37. backstageatapuppetshow says: Jan 23, 2013 7:38 PM

    “I am more afraid of an army of 100 sheep led by a lion than an army of 100 lions led by a sheep.”

  38. fearthehoody says: Jan 23, 2013 7:44 PM

    Ahhh Oakland Raiders, where Players/Coaches careers go to die!

  39. skyleralan says: Jan 24, 2013 9:13 AM

    I get all the bias Raider hate, but to say Sparano is not a quality OL coach is crazy! He would have never gotten a chance in Miami or with the Jets if he would not have succeeded while an OL coach. This guy has good experience dealing with bad situations why wouldn’t you want to bring a guy in who stays calm in a rebuilding phase who could lend some insight to DA.

    All of this, “he was a terrible OC” or a “terrible hire” has nothing to do with what he was brought into to do. He was brought in to work in the one area he was successful COACHING O-LINEMEN!

  40. felixinmiami says: Jan 24, 2013 5:29 PM

    @Skyleralan… Living in Miami and seeing Sporano’s work upclose and personal, as long as the ONLY area he touches IS the O-Line, then the Raiders should be fine. Miami had a good O-Line with LITTLE weapons. What I am afraid of is if the Raiders do not start off well, and Reggie gets an itching trigger finger, Sporano is not a good leader of men and history indicates that O-Line coaches have never been very successful as a HC.

  41. lostsok says: Jan 25, 2013 1:33 AM

    Tony S is a coach players love, and he was considered one of the best line coaches when he was with Dallas. As a head coach he wasn’t organized enough, and he was too conservative. As an OC he was just abysmal.

    Players will love him in this role, though. He’s a genuinely decent person.

    Now that’s he not with the Jets, I wish him and the Raiders the best.

  42. jjackwagon says: Jan 25, 2013 8:42 AM

    Nothing is too good for the Raiders so that’s what they get…nothing.

  43. vadertime says: Feb 20, 2013 12:06 PM

    As a Miami Dolphin’s fan, I had to endure 4 years of mediocrity under Sparano’s guidance. After the disastrous 2007 season, it didn’t take much to get our hopes up with a new regime headed by Bill Parcell’s executive leadership. It soon became clear that neither Parcell nor Sparano had a clue to turning around the Dolphin’s fortune. We broke even in 2011, which thankfully ended Sparano’s tenure. Parcell had long departed. Apparently, Sparano’s one-horse trick, the wildcat, didn’t pan out in New York either and he was fired after a dismal season for the Jets. Oakland has got to be desperate to bring in an offensive coach with such a mediocre resume to fix the enormous problems they have with their roster.

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