Raiders: Sparano is staying on staff


Assistant coach Tony Sparano has signed a two-year contract to remain with the Raiders, the team announced on its Twitter account Friday.

Sparano will retain his position as assistant head coach as well as offensive line coach. Unconfirmed reports had Sparano potentially leaving to join Lovie Smith on the staff of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Various reports had owner Mark Davis declining to extend contracts of some assistant coaches beyond this season. Giving Sparano a two-year deal would mean either those reports were incorrect or that Davis relented in order to keep a valued assistant.

This newspaper reported early in the week that “six or seven’’ coaches had already accepted one-year deals.

Sparano did solid work with an offensive line that was decimated by injuries and started several different combinations up front. Left tackle Jared Veldheer, the team’s best lineman, was out until Thanksgiving following surgery to repair a torn left triceps.

Menelik Watson, the Raiders’ second-round pick, was a non-factor due to a nagging calf injury and arthroscopic knee surgery.

At his season-ending press conference, Raiders coach Dennis Allen said he expected to have much of the 2013 staff back for the 2014 season.


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • W.J

    Com’on. Cam set all kinds of NFL records. He’s in the record books. Luck is still chasing his records.

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  • W.J

    Seems like I remember a couple of years there in the playoffs when Big Ben/ the Steelers would knock Peyton from the playoffs. I may certainly be wrong, but what I am correct about is Peyton is almost a lock to get knocked out somewhere in the playoff round. Compare him to Warner or Brady or Big Ben or Eli. He loses often and often early.

  • TrevJo

    From 2003-2008 he got knocked out of the playoffs 5 times by NE, SD, or Pitt (Pitt 1x and the others 2x). All 3-4 defenses. (In 2006 he beat NE then won the Super Bowl.)

    The Colts scored an average of just 15.2 points in those losses, 3 of which were on the road and 2 were at home.

  • funnyfalcon

    Marcus Allen and Bo Jackson.


    Neither is anyone else in the NFL. The Patriots, however, were ranked in the top ten defensively this year and has the Broncos not blown so many people out early in games they probably wouldn’t have given up as many yards and points as they did. So, your point is moot. Everybody in the finals this year plays good defense, which was my point.

  • Howard Benner

    Bray is not athletic @ all. . .no escapability or pocket awareness. . .

  • R8erEduc8er

    I don’t know the rankings and the stat #s but fugg them both. NE and Denver’s defense don’t compare to SF and Seattle’s. NE and Denver’s defense are mediocre. SF and Seattle’s defense are elite. NE and Denver are where they are due to HOF QBs.

  • funnyfalcon

    Yeah, well, I was referring to the fact that with our crappy record, we should still have it easy. But that only happens to teams the NFL doesn’t have a h4rd0n for.

  • severeraiderz

    Lmao i get my info from watching Bortles play and he has bust written all over him. He’s not consistently impressive and I posted an article from nfl.com also saying how scouts were all over the place on him and its rather peculiar that u decided to totally ignore that post. How can u criticize one of the articles I posted when the assessment u posted came from an arguably less reputable site? Im not a huge fan of Boyd but I think he may be the best of the QBs left in the second. Carr will probably go 1st round and I haven’t seen enough of Fales to really get behind picking him. Boyd has a lot of Russell Wilson to his game and the success of Wilson will push him up draft boards. If ur only assessment of Bortles is “he’s impressive” than that’s pretty weak and there really is no need to continue this discussion