Does Tony Sparano have a shot at becoming the next head coach of the Raiders? Sure.
Did he help himself by recently taking his case public? Possibly not.
“All I want to do right now is be the head coach of the Raiders,” Sparano recently said. “So how badly? Very, very badly. This is my team.”
Three years ago, former head coach Hue Jackson helped cooked his own goose by exhibiting similar stridence.
“I’m going take a stronger hand in this whole team, this whole organization,” Jackson said at a press conference after the 2011 season ended. “There ain’t no way that I’m going to feel like I feel today a year from now, I promise you that. There’s no question. Defensively, offensively and special teams. I ain’t feeling like this no more. This is a joke. . . . Yeah, I’m going to take a hand in everything that goes on here.”
Those comments turned off owner Mark Davis. And Sparano’s more recent — and more succinct — remarks risk doing the same thing.
It remains unclear where the Raiders ultimately will go, either as to the team’s coach or General Manager. Not long ago reported to be headed for the door, G.M. Reggie McKenzie may survive. Sparano has a chance to survive, too. But he needs to be more like McKenzie and keep a low profile while the owner decides what to do.