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Raiders confirm hiring of Sparano

By Steve Corkran
Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013 at 6:01 pm in Oakland Raiders.

The Raiders hired Tony Sparano as an assistant head coach/offensive line coach Wednesday.
Sparano replaces Frank Pollack, who was fired by the Raiders after one season. He spent the 2012 season as the New York Jets offensive coordinator before being fired soon after the season ended.
Sparano will be tasked with converting the Raiders offensive line from the zone-blocking scheme to a power-blocking scheme.
He got his first NFL coaching job in 1999 and spent the 2008-11 seasons as the Miami Dolphins head coach.
Coach Dennis Allen now has filled all but the linebackers coach vacancy on his staff. Earlier, he hired Greg Olson to be his offensive coordinator and Bobby April as his special teams coordinator.
Here is the Raiders release on Sparano’s background:

Former NFL head coach and offensive coordinator Tony Sparano will join the Raiders as assistant head coach/offensive line, Head Coach Dennis Allen announced Wednesday.

The addition of Sparano, who joins the Raiders after spending the 2012 season as N.Y. Jets offensive coordinator, leaves only one vacancy on Oakland’s staff, linebackers coach. Sparano will begin his duties with the Raiders at Senior Bowl practices this week in Mobile, Ala., where Oakland is coaching the North squad before Saturday’s game.

Sparano, who in 2013 enters his 30th year in coaching, has nine combined seasons as a head coach, four (2008-11) at the reins of the Miami Dolphins and five (1994-98) at the University of New Haven.

Prior to his season with the Jets in 2012, Sparano compiled some impressive accomplishments in his first season as Dolphins head coach, a position he held from 2008-11. In ’08, he steered Miami to the greatest year-to-year improvement in NFL history, a 10-game difference as the Dolphins earned the AFC East crown with an 11-5 record, before losing in the Wild Card round of the playoffs. Sparano finished one vote shy of winning the Associated Press Coach of the Year. His career record as an NFL head coach is 29-33.

Sparano helped the Cowboys to three playoff appearances and four winning seasons in five years (2003-07) on the Dallas staff, including four under head coach Bill Parcells. Sparano tutored the tight ends from 2003-04, then served as offensive line coach/running-game coordinator from 2005-06, before shifting to assistant head coach/offensive line in 2007.

Prior to two one-year stops as a tight ends coach, with Marty Schottenheimer’s Redskins in 2001 and Tom Coughlin’s Jaguars in 2002, Sparano helped launch the expansion Cleveland Browns. In 1999, Cleveland’s first year back in the NFL, Sparano was an offensive quality-control coach. He spent 2000 in charge of the Browns’ offensive line.

Sparano made the jump to the NFL after five years as head coach (1994-98) of his alma mater, Division II New Haven, where he guided the Chargers to a pair of NCAA playoff berths. In 1997, his 12-2 club led the country in scoring offense (42.8 points per contest) and ranked second in scoring defense (11.6) before it lost in the national championship.

He spent the previous six seasons (1988-93) at Division I-AA Boston University, coaching the Terriers’ offensive linemen from 1988-89 before serving as offensive coordinator from 1990-93.

A native of West Haven, Conn., Sparano launched his coaching career at New Haven, a four-year stint (1984-87) as offensive line coach, after completing his college playing days at the school, as the team’s center.

He and his wife, Jeanette, have three children, sons Tony and Andrew, who each played football at Albany, and daughter Ryan Leigh.

Years College/Pro Team Position Coached

1984-87 New Haven Offensive Line

1988 Boston University Offensive Line

1989 Boston University Offensive Coordinator

1994-98 New Haven Head Coach

1999 Cleveland Browns Offensive Quality Control

2000 Cleveland Browns Offensive Line

2001 Washington Redskins Tight Ends

2002 Jacksonville Jaguars Tight Ends

2003-04 Dallas Cowboys Tight Ends

2005-06 Dallas Cowboys Offensive Line/Running Game Coordinator

2007 Dallas Cowboys Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Line

2008-11 Miami Dolphins Head Coach

2012 New York Jets Offensive Coordinator

2013 Oakland Raiders Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Line

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  • R8ER MIKE

    why are you guys arguing over skin color ??
    dont we all here bleed silver and black ??

  • Scourge

    The Beeech Diggity Dawg Says:
    January 24th, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    KoolKell Says:
    January 24th, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    Palmers, 4,000 yds translated into 4 wins. Ok?

    ———

    Translate this – you’re an idiot
    ================================

    Doc, the defense rests!

  • dr_robert

    R8ER MIKE Says:
    January 24th, 2013 at 1:55 pm
    why are you guys arguing over skin color ??
    dont we all here bleed silver and black ??

    ************

    we prefer their white uniforms.

  • R8ER MIKE

    dr_robert Says:
    January 24th, 2013 at 1:55 pm
    translation: beech is about watch his 50-year old neighbor (man) thru binoculars and beat off.

    note the freudian reference to “beef jerky”, and fanny.

    ***********************
    to quote Tommy boy…..
    whos your favorite litte racsal.
    is it Spanky !!! lol lol lol

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    dr_robert Says:
    January 24th, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    Mistic1 Tha Supavillain Says:
    January 24th, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    i am not interested in being insulted and made fun of by hollywood

    these kind of stories must be countered with stories of REAL FREEDOM FIGHTERS like Denmark Vessy and Gabriels Prosser

    Rosewood was a good movie that showed us kicking azz with out permission
    ***********

    1) the movie makes django into a hero, putting him into the “eastwood’ role of super badazz savior who slays his enemies and rides off into the sunset with his girl.

    2) u demand all slave stories are “true”? who cares?

    3) rosewood? kicking azz w/o permission? sorry to tell u but those were slave days. reality was that blacks were under the south’s thumb. completely different mindset for blacks compared to modern sensibilities and attitudes. u don’t like seeing the uncomfortable truth so u want to see the past thru modern eyes. shows ur limited ability to see things as they were/are.
    ===========

    slob the movie does for you exactly what it was intended to do for you. the movie was made for you and your kinds enjoyment and entertainment.

    you do not have the right to prescribe how we interpret movies or how our history is retold

    I keep telling you that the very notion is repulsive and racist

    django was helpless until saved and remade educated and tught and given permission from a white man.

    no thanks

    rosewood was awesome it was about black people fighting for liberation and freedom and whpoopin’ azz without white folks permission.

    Rosewood> django

  • The Beeech Diggity Dawg

    R8ER MIKE Says:
    January 24th, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    why are you guys arguing over skin color ??
    dont we all here bleed silver and black ??

    ———

    and GREEN
    PMPP N FULL EFFECT

  • The_Judge37

    1153.dr_robert Says:
    January 24th, 2013 at 1:56 pm
    R8ER MIKE Says:
    January 24th, 2013 at 1:55 pm
    why are you guys arguing over skin color ??
    dont we all here bleed silver and black ??

    ************

    we prefer their white uniforms.
    —–

    It’s all about the Black Homes, holmes

  • DJ Johnny

    1142,

    Semite comes from the biblical figure ‘Shem’ who’s descendants are said to be of jewish ancestry.

    It DOES NOT mean “semi-white”.

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    dr_robert Says:
    January 24th, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    marcus garvey was a race-dividing, hate-filled buffoon. like u. no wonder u defend him.
    ===========

    the fact that you feel that way about him only verifies that his message is good for my people

    he taught self reliance repatriation and love for god and the black family

    We love him

  • alex7

    Palmer threw 14 INTs this year. That’s far from terrible.

    Matt Ryan threw 14. Manning threw 15. Brees threw 19. Especially when winging it 50 times a game with no running game, 1 INT a game isn’t odd or terrible.

  • The_Judge37

    1154.R8ER MIKE Says:
    January 24th, 2013 at 1:57 pm
    dr_robert Says:
    January 24th, 2013 at 1:55 pm
    translation: beech is about watch his 50-year old neighbor (man) thru binoculars and beat off.

    note the freudian reference to “beef jerky”, and fanny.

    ***********************
    to quote Tommy boy…..
    whos your favorite litte racsal.
    is it Spanky !!! lol lol lol

    Ha! I love any and all Tommy Boy references.

  • Scourge

    Doc, one of the college kids in the next apt just asked the other “what the f*ck is he laughing at!”

  • dr_robert

    R8ER MIKE Says:
    January 24th, 2013 at 1:57 pm
    dr_robert Says:
    January 24th, 2013 at 1:55 pm
    translation: beech is about watch his 50-year old neighbor (man) thru binoculars and beat off.

    note the freudian reference to “beef jerky”, and fanny.

    ***********************
    to quote Tommy boy…..
    whos your favorite litte racsal.
    is it Spanky !!! lol lol lol
    ********

    who was missdick’s fav i wonder.

  • alex7

    Ownage =

    Ian85 Says:
    January 24th, 2013 at 1:36 pm
    well MYSTIC playing from behind is exactly what your hero TP did in san diego down 24 to 7 in the 4TH quarter garbage stats and still only mustard 150 yards u LOSE again. MYSTIC = OWNED

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    DumbBeech

    I bet you eat boogers and wet the bed, don’t ya? Lol.

  • The Beeech Diggity Dawg

    Nob, what time is McFailin’ scheduled to arrive on the blog to try to save you from another of my professional scissor kicks?

    You two snuggling together for warmth and protection is just too precious for words, shout out to Cher

    But honestly Goober, when you two are wrapped up in each other’s arms do your stiffies ever touch

  • hwnrdr

    R8ER MIKE Says:
    January 24th, 2013 at 1:55 pm
    why are you guys arguing over skin color ??
    dont we all here bleed silver and black ??

    Yup!!!

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    DJ Johnny Says:
    January 24th, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    1142,

    Semite comes from the biblical figure ‘Shem’ who’s descendants are said to be of jewish ancestry.

    It DOES NOT mean “semi-white”.
    ===========

    actually it is family of languages from north Afrika, and the original stock of people that invented and spoke these languages were black. They taught these languages to European when they tuaght them the various accompanying religions and spiritual; practices.

    there was mixing of people through sexual intercourse and this is why they are not consider ‘pure white’ by hitler and others like the kkk and dr slob

    semi white

  • The Beeech Diggity Dawg

    KoolKell Says:
    January 24th, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    DumbBeech

    I bet you eat boogers and wet the bed, don’t ya? Lol.

    ———-

    Old Troll, when’s the last time you rotated your overalls?

  • Scourge

    Doc, sorry about the “occasional” remark. I don’t see those opportunities very often. ;-)

  • dr_robert

    Mistic1 Tha Supavillain Says:
    January 24th, 2013 at 1:57 pm
    dr_robert Says:
    January 24th, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    Mistic1 Tha Supavillain Says:
    January 24th, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    i am not interested in being insulted and made fun of by hollywood

    these kind of stories must be countered with stories of REAL FREEDOM FIGHTERS like Denmark Vessy and Gabriels Prosser

    Rosewood was a good movie that showed us kicking azz with out permission
    ***********

    1) the movie makes django into a hero, putting him into the “eastwood’ role of super badazz savior who slays his enemies and rides off into the sunset with his girl.

    2) u demand all slave stories are “true”? who cares?

    3) rosewood? kicking azz w/o permission? sorry to tell u but those were slave days. reality was that blacks were under the south’s thumb. completely different mindset for blacks compared to modern sensibilities and attitudes. u don’t like seeing the uncomfortable truth so u want to see the past thru modern eyes. shows ur limited ability to see things as they were/are.
    ===========

    slob the movie does for you exactly what it was intended to do for you. the movie was made for you and your kinds enjoyment and entertainment.

    you do not have the right to prescribe how we interpret movies or how our history is retold

    I keep telling you that the very notion is repulsive and racist

    django was helpless until saved and remade educated and tught and given permission from a white man.

    no thanks

    rosewood was awesome it was about black people fighting for liberation and freedom and whpoopin’ azz without white folks permission.

    Rosewood> django
    ***********

    well, gee, uh, i’m pretty sure that slaves WERE uneducated and DID need white people’s help to escape that oppression. u may recoil at the thought but it’s the truth.

    and there are film classes that are taken and taught by BOTH whites and blacks, along with afro-american studies classes, taken and taught by BOTH whites and blacks, that discuss all these subjects and their meanings. i DO have the right as an american, and intelligent person, to discuss my opinion and those of others. it’s called free speech idiot. i CAN tell u that ur wrong and that does NOT mean i’m racist. it means i’m capable of logic and objectivity which u apparently lack.

    rosewood was interesting in the same way that the historical facts of black cowboys and businessmen and slave owners are. but it was an anomaly. u may prefer a modern idea of blacks kicking azz on their own, but it’s not history.

    the suggestion that tarantino doesn’t have the right to make a movie about slaves is like me saying spike lee can’t make a story about white people. ignorant and bigoted at its most fundamental level.

    ur attitudes give u away. it’s u that is afraid. too afraid to let go of ur hatred. u hold onto it as if it’s ur teddy bear.

  • dr_robert

    The_Judge37 Says:
    January 24th, 2013 at 1:57 pm
    1153.dr_robert Says:
    January 24th, 2013 at 1:56 pm
    R8ER MIKE Says:
    January 24th, 2013 at 1:55 pm
    why are you guys arguing over skin color ??
    dont we all here bleed silver and black ??

    ************

    we prefer their white uniforms.
    —–

    It’s all about the Black Homes, holmes
    **********

    yeah i like those better too. i do like the throwback whites though, with the silver.

  • ian85

    Mystic can’t u just talk football like everyone else. Nobody gives two schits about how feel or how u perceive things to be just stfu and talk raider football

  • dr_robert

    Mistic1 Tha Supavillain Says:
    January 24th, 2013 at 1:59 pm
    dr_robert Says:
    January 24th, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    marcus garvey was a race-dividing, hate-filled buffoon. like u. no wonder u defend him.
    ===========

    the fact that you feel that way about him only verifies that his message is good for my people

    he taught self reliance repatriation and love for god and the black family

    We love him
    ************

    his message is good if it creates me thinking he was a racist? that’s ur ignorance?he taught love of blacks only. that’s why u and he are a thing of the past.

  • dr_robert

    Scourge Says:
    January 24th, 2013 at 2:00 pm
    Doc, one of the college kids in the next apt just asked the other “what the f*ck is he laughing at!”
    *********

    then it’s all worth it.

  • dr_robert

    The Beeech Diggity Dawg Says:
    January 24th, 2013 at 2:02 pm
    Nob, what time is McFailin’ scheduled to arrive on the blog to try to save you from another of my professional scissor kicks?

    You two snuggling together for warmth and protection is just too precious for words, shout out to Cher

    But honestly Goober, when you two are wrapped up in each other’s arms do your stiffies ever touch
    **********

    getting hard thinking about i bet. just like i said. u love u some subtle/concealed gayness.

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    NEW REGGIE MCKENZIE INTERVIEW

    k: Q&A: Former Packers’ exec McKenzie says ‘the culture will change’ in Oakland – JSOnline

    Mobile, Ala. — For 18 years, Reggie McKenzie had been a mainstay in Green Bay. From 1994 to 2012, McKenzie grew from a scout to director of player personnel to director of football operations. Now, he’s finally running the show in Oakland. McKenzie’s first year as the Oakland Raiders’ general manager was reminiscent of Ted Thompson’s first year as G.M. in Green Bay. Both teams went 4-12.

    As McKenzie explains, rebuilding the Raiders starts from the inside out. Here’s what the Raiders boss had to say about taking over, trying to instill a new culture in Oakland and a potential change at quarterback:

    Q: How has it been taking over your own team?

    McKenzie: “Coming off the season we had, you’re judged by wins and losses. Coming up with four wins is not good enough. But even going into, I knew what we had to get done. We’re trying to change a lot of things around here, starting with the culture. We have a rookie coach, we have a rookie G.M. We kind of took our bumps here. We’re getting the players we need to get in here, getting the salary cap together. I’ve got almost a full arsenal of draft picks. I’m missing my two and five. Wish I could have those. We’ll find a way to get this thing done.

    “Let me tell you something — we’re moving in the right direction. And it’s all about making good decisions. We have a good core of players right now. We’re making sure we get the right fit of 53 players by the end of this whole process so we can start the season ready to roll.”

    Q: What did you learn in Green Bay with Ted Thompson?

    McKenzie: “It’s all about building your team — build your staff, build your locker room, put the right kind of people in. They want to be Raiders. They want to win. And it’s all about the team. We had that in Green Bay.”

    Q: How do you change the culture?

    McKenzie: “It takes time. You can change moving parts and all that. But to change the culture, that’s going to take some time. I’m trying to get that back. I’m trying to get the Raider Way back. And we’re going to get it done. But you change it day by day. You can’t just quickly overhaul everything. That’s not going to change anything.”

    Q: So it’s about the minor changes?

    McKenzie: “That helps, that helps. I’m going to continue to do that. We made some changes with the staff, which is the way we need to go. That’s going to help that process. We’re going to get this thing rolling. It’s going to be fine now. The culture will change.”

    Q: What’s the culture you want?

    McKenzie: “When people look at us, they’re going to see professionalism. They’re going to see a winning attitude. They’re going to be a part of a winning atmosphere. They’re going to see our brand of football, which is physical, tough, high-energy play. I want people to be excited to go see a Raider game. So that’s what we’re trying to get to.”

    Q: Will Terrelle Pryor have a chance to start this year?

    McKenzie: “I want Terrelle to get a shot to show himself at quarterback. I told the whole staff, everybody’s going to compete for their job. So he’s competing for his job. Whether he’s 1, 2 or 3, he’s competing for his job. Starter, that’ll be carried out by coaches at the end of training camp. Show me you’re competitive. You want to get better. We’ll see how it goes.”

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    While Steve Corkk is stuffing himself with free pizza via 49ers..

    im bringing u guys Raiders newz

  • ian85

    If u look up Nike pro combat uniforms Theres a few new all black raider helmets that totally badass I’m not for changing our uniforms or helmets but I would so be down if they decided to wear the all black helmet just once a year

  • dr_robert

    Mistic1 Tha Supavillain Says:
    January 24th, 2013 at 2:06 pm
    DJ Johnny Says:
    January 24th, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    1142,

    Semite comes from the biblical figure ‘Shem’ who’s descendants are said to be of jewish ancestry.

    It DOES NOT mean “semi-white”.
    ===========

    actually it is family of languages from north Afrika, and the original stock of people that invented and spoke these languages were black. They taught these languages to European when they tuaght them the various accompanying religions and spiritual; practices.

    there was mixing of people through sexual intercourse and this is why they are not consider ‘pure white’ by hitler and others like the kkk and dr slob

    semi white
    *********

    lol. this is how the 5-percenters ignorantly mangle language and come up with idiotic ideas.

    it’s from “Shem”. put together with “-ite”, it means someone from “Shem”. a “Shemite”, or “Semite”. these are ancient languages. and this stooge thinks it comes from semi-white. this might be truly the most moronic thing i’ve heard on this blog.

    but i’ll bet u anything missdick doesn’t like jews.

    notice all the talk of “stocks” of people. just like hitler.

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    I see nothing wrong with Raiders wearing an Alternate uniform 2x a year

  • dr_robert

    Q: Will Terrelle Pryor have a chance to start this year?

    McKenzie: “I want Terrelle to get a shot to show himself at quarterback. I told the whole staff, everybody’s going to compete for their job. So he’s competing for his job. Whether he’s 1, 2 or 3, he’s competing for his job. Starter, that’ll be carried out by coaches at the end of training camp. Show me you’re competitive. You want to get better. We’ll see how it goes.”

    –beautiful

  • dr_robert

    new post

  • The_Judge37

    1172.dr_robert Says:
    January 24th, 2013 at 2:10 pm
    The_Judge37 Says:
    January 24th, 2013 at 1:57 pm
    1153.dr_robert Says:
    January 24th, 2013 at 1:56 pm
    R8ER MIKE Says:
    January 24th, 2013 at 1:55 pm
    why are you guys arguing over skin color ??
    dont we all here bleed silver and black ??

    ************

    we prefer their white uniforms.
    —–

    It’s all about the Black Homes, holmes
    **********

    yeah i like those better too. i do like the throwback whites though, with the silver.
    ——

    Bigot

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    alex7 Says:
    January 24th, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    Palmer threw 14 INTs this year. That’s far from terrible.
    =================

    that is 1 pick per game…terrible

    he also fumbled and has an actual total of 19 turn overs

    terrible

    he only mustered 4 wins….terrible

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit Says:
    January 24th, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    While Steve Corkk is stuffing himself with free pizza via 49ers..

    im bringing u guys Raiders newz
    ——————–
    thanks, good read.

  • raidertalk

    Reggiem a look back:
    Positives:
    -Bringing in Wheeler
    -Drafting Burris (in a slim draft)
    a)DA
    -Benching McClain
    -Penalties have decreased
    Negatives:
    -Offensive Regression/Learning by “trial and error”
    -Approving the Knapp hire/switch to ZBS
    -The missing 7 million in cap space
    -Failing to hire a short-yardage RB, when it was foreseeable that Mclain would get injured
    a)DA
    -Special Teams Coaching was horrible (see back-up long snapper laughing on the sideline after blowing the first game instead of practicing for next punt)
    -Not taking over play-calling when it was painfully obvious that offense was going nowhere.
    -Failing to use Janokowski in certain situations

  • raidertalk

    -Failing to hire a short-yardage RB, when it was foreseeable that ***Mcfadden would get injured

  • irjonny

    Jake Long is looking for a better offer than the fins gave him. Any takers?

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