Sparano’s stridence could hurt him

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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.

44 responses to “Sparano’s stridence could hurt him

  1. Exactly, what owner would possibly consider an interim coach who badly wants the job? That’s like job interview 101… Never let the employer know you want the job. Don’t forget to mention that if they keep Sparano he should never appreciate his job or show gratitude.

  2. idc who the next coach is, just find an OC that can help Carr progress to the next level and FFS find a DC who can fix this pathetic defense, they gave up a league high 452 points, that will never cut it in the NFL and as much as i love Amari Cooper, draft the best defensive player available at 4

  3. I am sure that there were other factors that got Jackson fired that were more prevalent than his words at the press conference. More stuff goes on behind the scene.

  4. He wants the job badly, it shows he cares about the organization and team. Better to keep a guy like that around than hiring a Bobby Petrino or Doug Marrone to replace him, who are using a desperate franchise to pad their resume.

  5. Totally different dynamic this time, Hubris voiced his opinions WITHOUT the benefit of established dialogue with the owner. Secondarily, Hubris had already exhibited his proclivity to be disingenuous in his behind the scenes assassination of Cable.
    Basically he became the snake no one wanted to hold closely because of the potential for “snakelike” behavior.
    Sparano has been the antithesis of the aforementioned.
    Not saying he will/should get the job, just comparison to Hubris is inaccurate.

  6. chris1019 says: Jan 3, 2015 8:40 AM

    Bill Parcell’s thinks he can apparently so I’ll side with him over yours
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    When? 10 years ago when he brought him in to Miami? How did that work out?

  7. What the heck are the Raiders doing? While Buff, Jets, 49ers and Atlanta are interviewing all kinds of guys during the limited window in the playoffs, I haven’t heard of one guy being interviewed by Oakland. Maybe they’re just gonna wait for the guy nobody else wants and hire him.

  8. 2bbige says: Jan 3, 2015 8:19 AM

    Totally different dynamic this time, Hubris voiced his opinions WITHOUT the benefit of established dialogue with the owner. Secondarily, Hubris had already exhibited his proclivity to be disingenuous in his behind the scenes assassination of Cable.
    Basically he became the snake no one wanted to hold closely because of the potential for “snakelike” behavior.
    Sparano has been the antithesis of the aforementioned.
    Not saying he will/should get the job, just comparison to Hubris is inaccurate.
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    There it is right there.

    I just shake my head every time I hear or see people wanting Jackson back.

  9. The Players like playing for
    Sparano but he did nothing for us in Miami. Field goals were the way he went all the time.
    Tony is a nice guy, but he would be better to keep his mouth shut. while the owners decide who they want.

  10. mizzousooner says: Jan 3, 2015 6:42 AM

    Whatever the Raiders do…………it will fail.
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    Best you stick with kiddie ball.

  11. So… the Raiders FIRE guys who WANT to coach their team and DARE say so publicly.

    Then… go hire a guy who’s passive and either has little options, or is just in it for few years of cash.

    Wow… that’s pretty sick. I guess they do deserve what they’ve been getting.

  12. Tony Sparano has a great shot in my view; He may some day lead a division II college team to a championship.

    Tony once characterized Josh McCown as one of those QB’s that believes he’s a starter

    Well Tony believes he’s head coach. Sorry Tony but Josh is more of a starting QB than you are a head coach.

  13. They haven’t interviewed anyone because maybe just perhaps they already have agreed behind closed doors as to who they are hiring and said coach wanted to keep it quiet because said coach very well may currently be in the coaching ranks of a playoff team….. Sparano couldn’t lead a horse to water so no way he is staying around.

  14. Two completely different scenarios.

    – Hue just lost a game that would have put them in the playoffs. In the same presser, he threw the players under the bus and that had many thinking he’d be fired just for that. Most people thought Al would have fired him for that.
    – He backstabbed Cable the year before because he wanted his job.
    – He convinced Mark and Amy to mortgage the future with the Palmer deal that went bad.
    – A new GM was coming in that had the power to hire his own coach.

    Tony just wants to be a head coach again and this may be his last chance.

    And as long as The Davis Family owns the Raiders, I think Marcus Allen has a better chance of lacing up the cleats for the Raiders than Hue coming back.

  15. “more succinct” to say the least! The scope of Sparano’s comments were at least limited to his desire to remain in the capacity he is in, and it was actually entirely true… this IS “his team” until it isn’t.

    Hue Jackson may turn out to be a great NFL HC someday if some team is willing to roll the dice him, but his remarks were presumptuous and very disrespectful to the owner… as if he were given the latitude to make decisions like those. He wrote his own pink slip that day.

    Sparano’s comments are in-keeping with the character of an emotional player’s coach, which if the team decides they want one like that, he’s just out there being who he is. Whatever happens, I like him and wish him well.

  16. Sparano is just saying he wants to be the HC. Jackson came across like Alexander Haig after Reagan got shot saying I’m in charge. There is a huge difference between making a case for the job and delusional chest thumping and saying you are going to take over the organization.

  17. It amazes me there are still Raiders fans who think firing Hue was a smart move. From 8-8 and an exciting, well-executed offense to 11-37 and the most 3 and outs in the league. I don’t know whether to feel disgusted by you people or sorry for you.

  18. I read some comments about Hue and they are totally misinformed. Hue Jackson didn’t have the luxury of hiring his assistant coaches. Al was in charge of the hiring and firing of the coaching staff. That is what Hue wanted the luxury every other head coach has accept maybe in Dallas. Far as the Palmer trade we will never know how that would have turned out considering Hue never got to coach Palmer with a full offseason. Hue was given a raw deal. Mark Davis will keep Sparano because he knows he made a mistake firing Hue.

  19. tedmurph says: Jan 3, 2015 9:07 AM

    What the heck are the Raiders doing? While Buff, Jets, 49ers and Atlanta are interviewing all kinds of guys during the limited window in the playoffs, I haven’t heard of one guy being interviewed by Oakland.
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    They interviewed Seattle’s OC early last week. Their failure to yap about every move they make doesn’t mean they’re sitting on their hands.

  20. Stupid franchise should of moved to San Antonio.They’ll never go to la as long as moron mark is the owner.He’ll just keep signing extensions to play at that dump because goodell can strong arm him Unlike his daddy.

  21. Yes, because why would the Raiders want to hang on to a coach that actually loves the team and wants to be there? SMH

    I’m not saying they should keep him. I just hope that if they don’t, the reason isn’t that he was “too enthusiastic” about being there.

  22. Tom Cable went to the super bowl.
    Hue Jackson going to the playoffs.

    Reggie McKenzie GM of a team with one of the worst records in the NFL.
    Mark Davis’s affection for Reggie McKenzie bordering on bizarre after McKenzie has destroyed the Raider Franchise.

  23. lets look at some major differences between Hue,and Tony.

    Hue took over an 8 and 8 team and closed out the season losing 4 out of 5 , while needing just one of those as a win to win the AFC West. He finished 8-8. Hue also took control after Al passed and made some major bone headed moves. Plus his ego got the best of him how “he was taking over the Raiders” He went all in that year by trading picks for Carson (and his 17 million cap number the following season, and also traded a pick for Aaron Curry and his 7 million cap number the following season. The Raiders were already at 140+ million on the 120 million cap the following season when Hue made these trades. at over 160 million cap, and long term high dollar contracts deal still on the books for a few years, left Reggie doing what he had to do. Blow up the place.

    Tony closed out the season by winning 3 out of the last six, and ended a 16 game losing streak. I like Tony a lot, and was impressed how he got the same guys to show up on Sundays, something Dennis Allen could not do…..Tony just said he wants to coach, Hue just said he wanted to be Al…….and Hue could never ever fit into those shoes in his wildest dreams, something I am sure Mark is realizing, but is intelligent enough to know this , so he is hiring whoever will help accomplish that.

    Go Raiders, Go Reggie!

  24. “joetoronto says: Jan 3, 2015 9:11 AM

    mizzousooner says: Jan 3, 2015 6:42 AM

    Whatever the Raiders do…………it will fail.
    **********************************************
    Best you stick with kiddie ball.”

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    One thing we know for certain; whomever takes the Raider job is desperate and has no other options.

    Oakland is no ones first choice. Sparano wants the job because he knows its his only shot at not being a position coach next year.

    Oakland is the worst situation in sports.

  25. The way 49ers felt when Harbaugh left is how I felt when Hue Jackson left. Hue Jack City’s the best head coaching prospect in the NFL. That man can get production out of almost every player.

  26. If the Raiders make a failed retread like Sparano their permanent HC then it’ll prove to me that either:
    (1) Son-of-Al (in addition to being emotionally unstable) is dumber than a bag of hammers
    OR
    (2) no quality HC candidate wants to work for Son-of-Al (as was the case with his dad in his later years)

  27. mizzousooner says:
    Jan 3, 2015 12:04 PM

    Oakland is the worst situation in sports.
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    ha, ha, ha, ha ha……..nuff said…hate on Mr Butt hurt..

  28. I don’t want any Raiders HC getting foot massages and pedicures like a girly girl. I’m glad he’s gone . anybody that was happy the Raiders went 8-8 is no real Raider Fan. Jackson wanted to run the show . that’s why he is gone . Al Saunders forgot more about pro football offenses than Hue Jackson ever knew . all the Raiders need is 2 more very good drafts in a row & to get lucky and move back to LA to lure top FA’s . Derek Carr is the real deal @ QB . He needs WR help and a couple of RB’s in the next 2 drafts to help out Reece and Murray. Time to cut Run DMC & MJD and get young new talent in the backfield to help young Carr. Right now the Raiders are in limbo with no place to play next fall and they at the mercy of jealous owners who hated AL Davis that know IF the Raiders move back to LA it’s lights out and Katy bar the door because the Raiders will dominate the AFC for years to come with a lucrative home base in LA . Every AFC owner fears this , although the won’t admit it in public . Most owners and sicko hater fans would want to see the Raiders CONTRACTED from the NFL than see them move back to LA because deep down in their souls THEY ALL FEAR A RAIDERS COMEBACK FROM THE DEAD . THEY ALL KNOW THERE WILL BE HELL TO PAY .

  29. tedmurph says:
    Jan 3, 2015 9:07 AM
    What the heck are the Raiders doing? While Buff, Jets, 49ers and Atlanta are interviewing all kinds of guys during the limited window in the playoffs, I haven’t heard of one guy being interviewed by Oakland.

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    Here’s a short list of guys they’ve either already interviewed, or asked permission to interview:

    Eric Mangini
    Pat Shurmur
    Jack Del Rio
    Pep Hamilton
    Todd Bowles

    With a few others probably coming.

    Mark Davis has stated that his preference is to hire an experienced NFL head coach this time, as opposed to a coordinator getting his first head coaching gig. (i.e., Dennis Allen)

    So of course, you want the best of the best. None of the head coaches for playoff teams are going to come running to Oakland, that’s for sure.

    So next, you try to lure in the guys who had success in the past, but are either in the studio (Gruden, Cowher) or lost a power struggle (Harbaugh). Davis tried to lure both Gruden and Harbaugh in, and failed.

    So what does that leave you with? Inexperienced coordinators or previous NFL head coaching retreads.

    I’m not saying it’s right. This is just what Davis has said he prefers, and what the progression has been.

    So with the retreads, you have to look beyond the W/L record. Did they have a QB? Did they have a say in personnel, which might have led to their demise? Did they have a GM who couldn’t draft and/or sign quality FA’s?

    Sparano got a miracle year out of Chad Pennington in 2008, as the Fins went 11-5. Once Pennington’s arm fell off in early 2009, Sparano’s record reflected the fact that he never again had a quality QB during his time in Miami.

    Del Rio also suffered from iffy QB play between Byron Leftwich and David Garrard. Along with inconsistent drafts, and a dearth of quality free agent signings.

    Shurmur is harder to gauge, as he spent two years in a place that was arguably as dysfunctional as Oakland.

    The only one I’d like to see removed from consideration immediately is Mangini. He failed in two different stops, and more importantly, seemed to create chaos within the organizations, having left both of them in worse shape than he found them.

    All that being said, the Raiders *are* interviewing a few coordinators as well (Pep Hamilton, possibly Todd Bowles), but Bowles is probably the only one with a legitimate shot, and he’ll likely have at least one better offer.

    My money had been on Sparano keeping the job, until he started shooting off his mouth. He may yet keep it, but I like Del Rio’s odds – if he wants the job that is.

  30. “THEY ALL FEAR A RAIDERS COMEBACK FROM THE DEAD . THEY ALL KNOW THERE WILL BE HELL TO PAY .”

    I think the Raiders are much closer to riding around in a clown car than they are to making some kind of return to NFL competitiveness.

  31. Hahahahah oh wow… Guys it’s the Raiders…Hahahah who cares. Unless your a Pirate wannabe tough guy who wears their patch like there is a tough guy club.. This team is damned until they get a New owner and clean house. Coaches beware, Raider land is a mystical theatre of half wits.

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