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.

43 responses to “Tony Sparano lands in Oakland

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

  2. 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!!

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

  4. 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?

  5. 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.

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

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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

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

  11. 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.

  12. 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?

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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””.

  16. 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. ;-(

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

  18. 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

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. 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…

  22. 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!

  23. @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.

  24. 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.

  25. 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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