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Report: Tony Sparano headed to join Buccaneers staff

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The status of the assistant coaches of the Oakland Raiders has been left in limbo as only two of head coach Dennis Allen’s assistant remained under contract for the 2014 season.

Owner Mark Davis was seeking to bring back Allen’s assistants on just one-year contract extensions while the assistants wanted longer contracts.

Now that Allen has been confirmed as remaining the team’s head coach next season, the status of the assistant coaches should also be resolved shortly. However, one of Allen’s assistants apparently isn’t willing to remain on the coaching staff.

According to Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle, assistant head coach and offensive line coach Tony Sparano will not be remaining with the Raiders and is instead headed to join Lovie Smith’s staff with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Davis apparently wouldn’t budge on the idea of two-year contracts for the assistant and five coaches have agreed to the one-year extension, per the report.

Sparano is not one of them and balked at the prospect of just a one-year extension. He would join offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford and defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier on Smith’s staff in Tampa Bay.

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27 Responses to “Report: Tony Sparano headed to join Buccaneers staff”
  1. nathpz says: Jan 8, 2014 3:18 AM

    And the wheel of coaching retreads spins ’round and ’round…

  2. abreathofsanity says: Jan 8, 2014 3:44 AM

    OMG Christmas came late PROUD DAY TO LIVE THE BUCS LIFE :))))

  3. joetoronto says: Jan 8, 2014 3:58 AM

    Good luck to Sparano, he actually did a hell of a job, all things considered.

  4. flybono24 says: Jan 8, 2014 4:06 AM

    Would ANYONE want to work for Dennis Allen? The guy is a clown.

  5. r0b1b0y says: Jan 8, 2014 4:48 AM

    The NFC South just went from mildly concerned to extremely relieved

  6. souldogdave says: Jan 8, 2014 4:50 AM

    I wonder if Mark knows how hard this is for Dennis to get hamstrung by this.

  7. uglydingo says: Jan 8, 2014 6:22 AM

    Tony Sparano’s high water mark was set when he brilliantly utilized both Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow in the Jets Offense – 2012. Perhaps one of the greatest and most enthusiastic fist pumpers in the history of the NFL. Tampa Bay fans get set to be excited.
    It is great to see the NFL getting hip by recycling the trash.

  8. mrcogburn says: Jan 8, 2014 7:07 AM

    Tony probably shouldn’t be balking at anything nowadays. He’s been passed around this league like a bottle of Mad Dog 2020 at a hobo campfire.

  9. raidermstr says: Jan 8, 2014 7:19 AM

    Tony did a good job with minimal talent last year. Sorry to see him leave. Good Luck Tony. We hardly knew you.

  10. raiderufan says: Jan 8, 2014 7:24 AM

    Massive loss for the Raiders. He worked wonders this season.

    Wish him luck in Tampa.

  11. queeflatifah says: Jan 8, 2014 8:00 AM

    Pick up tampas fg kicker in next years fantasy draft! Money!

  12. jdbaker01 says: Jan 8, 2014 8:07 AM

    How does this guy still work in the NFL?

  13. sethb222 says: Jan 8, 2014 8:20 AM

    He’s not part of the band…

  14. justafanofitall says: Jan 8, 2014 8:21 AM

    Hope it’s not for offensive line coach….Oakland QB’s got killed this past year….just as Matt Flynn.

  15. r8dernation says: Jan 8, 2014 8:32 AM

    What’s he going to do down in Tampa, carry Lovie’s sack?

  16. 505raider says: Jan 8, 2014 8:46 AM

    We don’t need his ass anyways!! I would rather make a name for myself building a team then jumping ship to an easier situation!!!! If he did a great job in one year if raiders didn’t want him plenty of other team would fight for him!! Easy way out chump can leave!! GOOOO RAIDERS!!!

  17. whoisrdymlz says: Jan 8, 2014 8:49 AM

    Lovie loves him an average dude

  18. raiderredleg says: Jan 8, 2014 8:55 AM

    Not a good sign…Applaud Mark Davis for holding line with not extending assistant coaches’ contracts (certainly no reason to award someone for back to back HORRIBLE seasons) but whole “lack of talent” stick’ is getting OLD.

    Last offseason was a disaster…Carson Palmer jumps ship (because he doesn’t like the direction of the franchise), GM brings in MATT FLYNN(?!?!) to replace him (EPIC failure) then wastes a fourth round draft pick on Tyler Wilson (minor failure).

    In fact the only person that made a “good” decision in regards to QB was Mark Davis when he signed Matt McGloin.

    Regardless the ONLY QB on the roster that has ANY legit NFL talent WAS T. Pryor. So what did the coaching staff do? Bench him after he admitted to playing hurt for an undrafted QB that played well at times, but for the most part WAS NOT a game changer, made key turnovers, and only proved he was a solid backup.

    The ONLY hope to salvage something out of this season was giving the ball to T. Pryor and give him EVERY chance to show he can develop prior to this years draft (which BTW they need to draft a QB and NOT replicate the disaster that drafting Hayden).

    GM and coaching staff SHOULD be on thin ice…Draft classes that have had little impact on a bad roster, no franchise QB or even a capable, average NFL starter (which Palmer still is) and a roster that will be in as much flux as it was for the last DECADE.

    Sprinkle a horrible job of utilizing M. Reece (the most gifted offensive playmaker on the roster) and Reggie/DA need to pull of the greatest turn around this side of Andy Ried and the Chiefs to even have a prayer of lasting through the 2014 season.

    Tony Sparano should have held on just to have a chance to finish out next season as the interm coach.

  19. ottomac says: Jan 8, 2014 9:43 AM

    Sporano’s a good coach. I don’t think we’ve blown our drafts like everyone else does though. The draft is a 50/50 proposition. Some years you hit a home run or even can string a few together. RM has been an active partisipant on evaluating talent with GB and there in pretty good shape. K know everyone loves CP now but when it gets to the fourth quarter and it’s close was his winning % that great? I don’t hate Carson I just don’t TBI m be was our long term answer. I’ll leave it up to the coaches to determine our progress. I will tell you that DA would be picked up in a second by a AFC WEST franchise and haunt us forever. Mark has a good head on his shoulders and is a good person. At least I can still buy a ticket and go to the games.and have fun. Hey my friends bock at me taking my children to a Raider game and talk about our criminal element. I tell them I never feel safer than when I’m with my RN partners. Maybe its the fact they wear another teams colors they get flack……..?

  20. schmitty2 says: Jan 8, 2014 9:49 AM

    Tony will be very easy to spot on the sidelines. Just look for the guy jumping up in the air while fistpumping after the Bucs kick a FG.

  21. nflofficeadmin says: Jan 8, 2014 10:49 AM

    Fact is no one in the AFC West is going anywhere as long at Peyton is the QB of the Broncos. The other teams can compete but it’s Peyton’s division right now. Fortunately for the rest of us he is in the later days of his career. This is coming from a Raider fan.

  22. buccaboo says: Jan 8, 2014 10:55 AM


  23. tampamac says: Jan 8, 2014 11:27 AM

    Why’s everyone so down on Sparano? He may not be the greatest OC or head coach, but by nearly every account, he’s a hell of an O-Line coach. So far the Bucs have 3 coaches on staff with NFL head coaching experience and an OC known as a QB guru with head coaching experience at a D-1 college. Nobody knows how it will pan out, but you can’t help but be excited as a Bucs fan after their last 2 HC experiments with unproven coaches.

  24. natelan69 says: Jan 8, 2014 11:28 AM

    Smart man getting the Hell out of Oakland.

  25. joetoronto says: Jan 8, 2014 11:45 AM

    justafanofitall says:
    Jan 8, 2014 8:21 AM
    Hope it’s not for offensive line coach….Oakland QB’s got killed this past year….just as Matt Flynn.
    Ya, I guess having so many injuries along the O-line that 4th and 5th stringers were playing had nothing to do with it.

    My God man, SMH.

  26. aldog83 says: Jan 8, 2014 12:22 PM


    Who cares if Sparano is gone!

    Tebow/Sanchez NY Jets…..

    Ronnie Brown Wildcat Miami…..

    We Dont need gimmicks.

    Bye Bye Tony.

  27. raiderapologist says: Jan 8, 2014 8:46 PM

    Sparano is actually a pretty good line coach, and did a nice job in Oakland, considering what he had to work with.

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