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ESPN: Raiders hire Sparano to coach line

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013 at 12:11 pm in Oakland Raiders.

The Raiders have hired Tony Sparano to coach the offensive line and serve as assistant head coach, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Wednesday.

Sparano was recentely let go as the offensive coordinator of the New York Jets. His resume also includes being head coach of the Miami Dolphins and offensive line coach for the Dallas Cowboys.

A Raiders official said the club was not confirming the hire.

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  • Just Fire Baby

    Watching the Raptors-Heatles game, and I would have loved to draft Terrance Ross ahead of Barnes.

    That dude will be a Rudy Gay like player next season. Uber-athlete.

  • ian85

    hahaha apparently mystic thinks in 2014 the NFL will just be filled with starting black QBS even tho 45 of the last 46 super bowls have been won by ooo that’s right u guessed it

  • Raider E

    I think we should have taken Drummond.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Huge game E.

    Nice 3 game stretch for us, Clips-Thunder-Bulls.

    I think you have to let Durant go crazy and double else-where.

    If Westbrook is getting in the lane and getting you in foul trouble AND Durant is going for his typical 35, you stand little chance to win.

  • Raider E

    Mistic this and Mistic that? Reminds me of the old Raiders saying:

    Love them or hate them, you are watching them….

  • Just Fire Baby

    Priest told me Harrison Barnes would average 25 a night in the league.

    When I told him 3-4 guys do that a year, Kobe, Durant, Carmelo, Lebron, he told me I was an idiot, as usual.

    Meanwhile, Barnes’ career-high is 21 points, lol.

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    January 23rd, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    There was a Toledo QB that Misty tried to tout, and then he played on ESPN and had a worse arm than Matt Leinart.

    STopped talking about him lately.
    ===============

    terrance owens you mean.

    he is injured but i did not mean to leave him off my watch list but durability is an issue

    in 3 seasons 5973 yards 45 tds ints a rating of 135 this season plus 5 rushing tds

    he is a good player

    lol try basing your projections on more than one game

    hahahahaha

  • Just Fire Baby

    Pau and Howard on the floor is just painful to watch.

  • SaintKaufman

    I want to see the draft class for 2020.
    I mean, if we’re gonna be all in deep with this high school globetrotter gimmick offense then certainly we should know about the up and coming prep players whom HAVE to play this kind of game to win.

  • dr_robert

    gardner threw 10 passes as a freshman.

    he threw 23 passes as a sophomore.

    he was converted to wr this season.

    he entered the 8th game after robinson was injured. so 4.5 games this year.

    but he’s already the #2 prospect.

    he really said this. maybe he should claim someone jacked his handle.

  • dr_robert

    Raider E Says:
    January 23rd, 2013 at 5:50 pm
    Mistic this and Mistic that? Reminds me of the old Raiders saying:

    Love them or hate them, you are watching them….
    ***********

    everyone watches a train wreck.

  • Raider E

    This game is gonna depend on the backcourt like most the rest. We need nig nights from Jack, Curry, and especially Klay. DLee needs to hold his own, but he usually does that.

    We need to hit at least 10 threes and have Westbrook bottled up to win.

    No one stops Durant.

  • mcfadden20.

    Pau and Nash should never be on the same floor, Pau and Howard should never b on the floor together

  • Just Fire Baby

    Terrance Owens!!!

    LMAO…..that dude made Kellen Moore’s arm look strong.

  • dr_robert

    Mistic1 Tha Supavillain Says:
    January 23rd, 2013 at 5:51 pm
    Just Fire Baby Says:
    January 23rd, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    There was a Toledo QB that Misty tried to tout, and then he played on ESPN and had a worse arm than Matt Leinart.

    STopped talking about him lately.
    ===============

    terrance owens you mean.

    he is injured but i did not mean to leave him off my watch list but durability is an issue

    in 3 seasons 5973 yards 45 tds ints a rating of 135 this season plus 5 rushing tds

    he is a good player

    lol try basing your projections on more than one game

    hahahahaha
    ***********

    so he averaged under 2000 yards and 15 tds per year? impressive.

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    January 23rd, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    Class of 2016????

    Let’s see played in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 senior year.

    ARe you expecting them all to be red-shirt seniors?
    ==========

    jfb is that all you have left? deriding me because you disagree with the class i have him in?

    lol take it up with cbs sports

    http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/prospectrankings/2016/QB

  • DJ Johnny

    586.J Hill Says:
    January 23rd, 2013 at 5:38 pm
    WR Cordarrelle Patterson, Tennessee

    If you’re surprised to see a wide receiver drafted this high in a year where many are saying the talent at the position is lacking, don’t be. Cordarrelle Patterson is a value at No. 12 overall.

    The Dolphins’ best wide receiver right now is their quarterback, Ryan Tannehill, who spent two seasons split out wide at Texas A&M. Even with Brian Hartline showing some production this year, the Dolphins need to spend at least two picks on wide receivers in the early rounds.

    Patterson is set up to dominate in this year’s class, as he’s the most physically gifted of the wide receivers and one of the few players who combines size, speed and downfield ability. If any player at the position has the potential to move up into the top 10, it’s Patterson.

    Your post on Patterson stood out to me cuz I watch the Vols very closely and this Patterson is a BIG TIME stud.

    He is going to be an impact player on Sundays imo.

    Much better than Justin Hunter (also w/ Vols) Hunter has bad case of the dropsies.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Lakers come out of a timeout, dump it to Howard in the box, and he misses a 3 footer.

    They HAVE TO trade that guy. He stinks.

  • dr_robert

    SaintKaufman Says:
    January 23rd, 2013 at 5:52 pm
    I want to see the draft class for 2020.
    I mean, if we’re gonna be all in deep with this high school globetrotter gimmick offense then certainly we should know about the up and coming prep players whom HAVE to play this kind of game to win.
    ************

    missdick was telling me about a kid named Terevious Washington. He’s got it all. Will likely be the most talented qb ever. he touted him first.

    he will be born April 12, 2013.

  • dr_robert

    Mistic1 Tha Supavillain Says:
    January 23rd, 2013 at 5:54 pm
    Just Fire Baby Says:
    January 23rd, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    Class of 2016????

    Let’s see played in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 senior year.

    ARe you expecting them all to be red-shirt seniors?
    ==========

    jfb is that all you have left? deriding me because you disagree with the class i have him in?

    lol take it up with cbs sports

    http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/prospectrankings/2016/QB
    ***********

    and now we know. he looks them up. if he sees a black kid, on the list he goes!

  • DJ Johnny

    …one more thing on Patterson; this is a kid who not only can make the big catches but he runs back punts and kickoffs and takes it to the house…or at least a long ways.

    I wonder if Reggie will look at him closely with the fact Reggie is a former Vol himself.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Hunter was the more touted guy coming into UT and into this year right?

    Agree that he looks the part of a big-time stiff though.

  • tuckrulefool

    Sure gannon..dream on…water boy doesnt throw 5 (FIVE) INTS in the biggest game of his career..you are more to blame than most for that debacle….sorry if u cant admit it…then again as long as u were a raider i NEVER heard u accept full on blame for anything…EVER…

    ====

    “If you got on that plane Monday in Oakland and flew to San Diego to participate in the Super Bowl, whether you’re the owner, the head coach, the quarterback or the guy that passed out the tickets, you’re responsible for what took place down there.”

  • ian85

    so heres the real qb list for 2014 guys if manziel comes out he will be the first QB taken then no doubt it will be arron murray followed by aj mccarron after he wins another titile then mystics precious tahj boyd will be the 4th QB selected no doubt losing deandre hopkins to the draft this year will hurt boyd next year murray has everybody on offense returning minus taveres king but hes going to have monster numbers in 2013

  • SaintKaufman

    The 2013 Pryor led offense soundtrack!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vyeKAkMwCpw

    That’s right kids, who’s got the ball? It’s going left, nope, going right, nope, going left, nope getting sacked! JUST DON’T THROW IT!!!

  • mcfadden20.

    M1st1c …Blah blah,,, wave of future…. Blah blah… zone read … blah blah,….. (Insert Black qb’s name ) blah blah…. option game… Blah blah.,.. ( Cam Newton) blah blah… wave of future… EXPOSED … HAHAHA.. BLAH Blah… RGIII.. ZONE option…. BLAH BLAH… I WAS right ALL Along… BLAH BLAH.. (Insert Black QB’s name ) BLAH BLAH… PAlmers total TDS total turnovers … Blah blah … etc. etc… WIlson… Blah blah

  • J Hill

    Nash is the problem, JFB.

    He can’t do ANYTHING without a screen. Too slow to get in the lane, and too unathletic to do anything with the ball when he is in the lane. Has he scored? i know I’ve seen AT LEAST 4 turnovers.

  • ian85

    man mystic just takes a pounding on here lol u think he would just take his ball and go home dude takes more facial shots than a cheap whore on a saturday night

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    Mistic1 Tha Supavillain Says:
    January 23rd, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    looking at my 2014 qb list here is my list for the best qbs for that year

    1. tahj boyd clemson far and away the best prospect in the draft will be another wave of the future qb playing in a hybrid offense. It will depend on who is looking for qb next year but he should be the firts guy taken (although i odubt he will be)

    2. Devin grdner michigan at 6″4 200 he is a bit thin but he has a very strong arm and good mobility. he has shown a knack for making big plays when the game is on the line and protects the ball well

    ======

    there is a major drop off at this point

    murray bray and logan thomas all have parts of their games that are intriguing but all have had major warts as well

    honorable mention aj maccaron and james franklin

    maccaron is a solid game manger but doesnt wow you with any 1 aspect of his game. his l;ack of arm strength is shocking.

    Franklin is a fantatsic play maker but has not been able to be consitent or stay healthy

    over all this is a weak class once you get past gardner and boyd
    =====================================================

    Just read most of this on a couple draft boards. Nice copy and paste.

  • ian85

    cant believe that dumbass said manziel would come out in 2016 wtf is mystic smoking everyone knows he was a redshirt freshman this year obviously mystic doesnt do his homework on white QBS what a fcking moron

  • dr_robert

    wow, missdick goes to cbs’ prospect rankings. figures out which ones are black. starts touting them and acts like he discovered them.

    how pathetic. EXPOSED!

  • CDERaider

    Sporano given the title ‘Assistant Head Coach’ as well as oline coach. Great move by the Raiders, Sporano’s motivating in your face style is a perfect complement to DA’s stoic approach. Plus, he is a run-first power blocking advocate which is exactly what this team needs to get the offense back on track. With Saunders still on payroll focusing on the passing game, we might have something. Palmer is a better QB than Sporano ever had in NY or Miami and DMAC as good or better as he’s ever had at RB, things are looking up.

    Raiders offense could be back in the top 15 next year if Reggie can get a legit RT and LG.

  • ian85

    anwyays back to some real football talk patriots right tackle sebastion volmer is a free agent would love it if the raiders signed him veldheer and volmer would give us some nice tackles for many years

  • dr_robert

    Ian85 Says:
    January 23rd, 2013 at 6:04 pm
    man mystic just takes a pounding on here lol u think he would just take his ball and go home dude takes more facial shots than a cheap whore on a saturday night
    ************

    no. according to him, he is fighting white supremacy being here, fighting the fight.

    what…….a……….loser

  • ian85

    corderelle patterson si a stud he was the number one juco reciever last year before coming to the VOLS kid can light it up plus like someone said earlier he is a return guy nice size and speed also i believe hes 6 foot 2 220lbs if we had a second we prob could get him

  • ian85

    hahaha well DR he is losing that fight lol

  • The Amazing Spiderman

    The QB class of 2014 is rife with talent and this so called “wave of the future” barely makes a dent.

    1-Aaron Murray Ga
    2-Tyler Bray Tenn (in this yr’s draft)
    3-AJ McCarren Ala.
    4-Zach Mettenberger LSU
    5-Tajh Boyd-Clemson *
    6-Logan Thomas VaTech *
    7-David Carr-Fresno St.
    8-David Fales San Jose St.
    9-Brynn Renner North Carolina
    10-Jeff Mathews Cornell

    That’s the top 10 list from CBS SPORTS for the class of 2014

    Notice there are only TWO (2) “Wave of the Future” QB’s on that list.

    So much for a “Tsunami” of “Wave of the Future” Qb’s.

    You don’t like the list? Take it up with CBS Sports. You know..the people who do this sort of thing for a living, as opposed to some psychotic cartoon character named idiot poster who only talks about a certain type of QB.

    EAT IT!

  • DJ Johnny

    I don’t see Manziel on that list, unless CBS had him coming out in 2015.

  • ian85

    hahaha well said spiderman i love it great list

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    1. Johnny Football

    2. Teddy bridgewater

    3. Keith Price Qb (washington)

    all top qbs for next year too.. way b4 that list cbs put out

    wave of the future remains.. bridgewater can throw and run.. only he wants to stay in the pocket to throw.

    Johnny football.. well .. well NUFF SAID

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    walter football has Aj mccaron 14th ranked qb next year

    A.J. McCarron, QB, Alabama
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 210.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.79.
    Projected Round (2014): 6-FA.
    9/4/12: McCarron is a carbon copy of other Alabama quarterbacks who are game managers, but real passing threats. Like John Parker Wilson or Greg McElroy, McCarron is not a standout passer, but he is intelligent and doesn’t lose the game for his team.

    McCarron had the luxury of a tremendous running game and defense to carry Alabama to a National Championship in 2011. He completed 67 percent of his passes for 2,634 yards with 16 touchdowns and five interceptions. Perhaps Alabama will let McCarron throw the ball more as a junior and senior.

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    walter football

    has

    1. Clowney going to the Raiders

    2. Johnny football going to the Jets

    3. Teddy Bridgewater Louisville going 3rd

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    2014 that it is

  • backstageatapuppetshow

    The football side of the building is a joke….

    I was waiting until the season ended to share my final thoughts on RM….but he has failed…

    If McKenzie had correctly realized his hiring of ALLEN was a mistake that would have been fine, he could have moved on and tried again….after all, hiring a Head Coach is ONLY 1 part of his job….talent evaluation and conducting the personnel department is tough enough….However, failure to SEE that the man he hired is COMPLETELY IGNORANT is NOW unforgivable as he has chosen to support him.

    If I was Mark Davis….I would FIRE everyone….

    Start OVER…NOW!

    The PLAN that was SUPPOSED to be in place is little more than a GLORIFIED fire DRILL….

    1st, Mark Davis hires RM based on the recommendation of Madden & Wolf….two men who are far past their prime with little to no accountability to the decision.

    2nd, McKenzie hires his GUY, DA….

    Mind you this is all part of a plan…

    3rd, DA decides on Knapp, Tarver, and Hoffman….

    4th, Season ensues….team finishes 4-12….arguably the worst Defense in the organizations history….the TEAM hitches it HAT on the ZBS, tells the fans to be patient….

    Fans are patient….and McFadden has worst season in the history of his FOOTBALL life….

    5th, prior to the season finale, DA says Pryor isn’t even ready to be a backup in the NFL…..then the NEXT week….Pryor starts a game and leads the Offense to 3 TD’s when we hadn’t scored in 3 weeks….

    6th, Allen says Pryor has earned a right to be evaluated…

    7th, DA fires Knapp and Hoffman….when it twas the defense that was arguably the worst in the teams history….

    8th, we hire Jags QB coach to take over Offense…a team who we beat this season….

    9th, we hire Sparano to lead the Offensive Line….a guy who’s career is on the way down….not up….

    Mind you….this is ALL part of a MASTER PLAN….

    Reggie McKenzie are so INTELLIGENT that they KNEW that Sparano and Olsen would be jobless this season….

    Hey REGGIE AND DENNIS….do you play CHESS?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZXtCHoRb50

    Welcome to the NEW ERA!

  • CDERaider

    ‘Wave of the future’ QB doesn’t work unless you can pocket pass consistently and don’t get hurt running. When you get ACL’s in your first season. RG3 is done after next season unless he move to exclusively pocket passing. He’s had 3 knee surgeries now – another one and he’s done. Wilson and Kap are stout physically and won’t get hurt easily. To some extent, Pryor is the same in that way, he’s big and won’t get hurt easily – but he needs to prove he can throw with sound mechanics in the pocket and not run on every down. He hasn’t proved that yet – even in college. But I love him in the red zone as another weapon for us next season.

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  • mcfadden20.

    Code black

  • Derek

    FACT: Carson Palmer is a decent NFL QB, but not a winner. He never has been and NEVER will be. He is far too trunover prone in the clutch. Winners thrive in the clutch, losers choke. Noteam in the NFL could or would win Superbowl utilizing Carson palmer as their starter.

    Cincy became a MUCH better team once they replaced Palmer with an average QB who’s not as mistake/turnover prone.