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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.

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  • aig-raiders

    Avril and Bennett were getting lots of pressure last week. They dont have a pure top of the league DE like Houston with Watts nor an LB corp like them Niners but they got a bunch of above avg DEs. Then you add in that secondary and the crowd noise and voila….there’s your 3 headed monster D.

  • R8erEduc8er

    If Pats win, it’s gonna be because Blount powers them to a win…which is possible.

  • The Beeeeech Dawg

    You meth heads sure are funny

    Anyway, you’ll be hearing a lot from the PMPP in 2014 and you’ll be getting regularly regulated, sorry

    Guess that’s why they call it the blues, huh

  • R8erEduc8er

    I thought he’d get better as the season went along…he didn’t.

  • 24

    Or Edelman catches 25 passes for 72 yards.

  • PlunkforHOF

    Did you guys see that the Seahawks are refusing to sell tickets to anyone from a California zip code to prevent Niner fans from attending? Pretty sh!tty IMO. What if you live in Sacramento and you’re a huge Seahawk fan? Stay classy Seattle.
    Here’s an idea: Why not refuse to allow the Niners to enter your stadium. No game, Niners forfeit, Seahawks to the Super Bowl.

  • aig-raiders

    I was in the same boat with you on TP.

  • R8erEduc8er

    Lol

  • R8derdiehard

    Lmfao

  • 24

    I agree…he’s too good and too competitive and has too many weapons to walk away.

  • Chino

    Broncos doing it too

  • R8erEduc8er

    And I wasn’t looking for him to be Manning-like. Manning obviously is a better passer than Cam, R Wilson, and Kap but he doesn’t fit those teams like those 3. The team takes on a whole different style with Manning as the QB. Not saying they wouldn’t win with Manning, but the team would have been built differently.

  • 24

    He regressed badly…became too predictable. You know you’re predictable when the fans have you figured out. NFL Defenses are licking their chops.

  • Chino

    Same for any o.coordinator that works with manning or Brady. Ridiculous

  • BigBenRexor

    Under normal circumstances I’d say that’s pretty Fk’d up, like when the Chargers tried to make you buy multiple games to curb Raiders fans, but considering the fact they’re trying to $h!t on Niners fans, I’ll allow it.

  • 24

    You don’t need to sell to other states with a fan base like the Seahawks…they create earthquakes.

  • Chino

    Nice. Hopefully we can be the exception. We need all the help we can get

  • IAmAlwaysWrong

    the Packers front office has been plucked. I’m not sure where they find these gems, but the Seahawks & Chiefs both got 2 of the NFL’s hot young GM’s from that GB staff. if i’m a team like the Dolphins looking for a GM – GB is the first place i’m calling and guess what? former packer Philbin just happens to be the HC! Reggie i think is the odd duck who fell off the turnip truck. He has no idea what the smell he’s doing

  • R8erEduc8er

    Teams are either a strong running and strong defense team (SF, Sea, Car) or a pass happy and mediocre defense team (Den, NE). I prefer the strong running and strong defense teams.

  • 24

    Mark Davis-Reggie McKenzie-Dennis Allen

    We’re probably the most undesired place to go.

  • IAmAlwaysWrong

    funny thing is, if Gase gets the Browns HC job … i’m willing to bet Knapp gets promoted to OC there

  • BigBenRexor

    I’d put our practice squad up agianst Seattle’s or KC’s any day

  • 24

    I prefer the winning team.

  • 24

    Ugh!

  • 24

    Especially when you have Tyler Wilson…oh nevermind….

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    Just use a different ‘puter, no problem, Walkin’ Germ Boy.

  • PlunkforHOF

    Seems totally unfair to me.

  • R8erEduc8er

    Well, which is the winning team this year? You have 2 of each in the final 4.

  • TrevJo

    They have a number of solid pass rushers and got 31.5 sacks from their DL (we got 15.5), but Earl Thomas is the single biggest key to that defense. He is often the only safety back but is so good that he still provides good run support while covering huge range in pass defense.
    Anyway yes I would definitely be hesitant to jump on the Dan Quinn bandwagon. He did the same thing at Florida, following in Charlie Strong’s footsteps.

  • DJ Johnny

    You wanna see Mark Davis blow a gasket?
    Wait till next yr if SF comes into the OCO and niner fans fill up half the stadium AND they thump us.
    I hope to heck that doesn’t happen…but I remember Mark making fun of Candlestick at a presser and I don’t think he’s a big fan. He didn’t want to share a stadium with them under any circumstances either.

  • 24

    We’ll know after the Superbowl ;)

  • EDWARD TEACH

    They have no shot at Bob Stoops. Why would he leave Oklahoma, where he’s been for 15 years? He rebuilt the program there, brought them back to national prominence and is revered in Norman. I know he’s from Youngstown, but why would you leave a place like OU for Cleveland? It sure wouldn’t be for the money, because Bob has gobs of that and every time his name is mentioned like this he gets another raise. I think we can eliminate stable ownership and a young team loaded with talent from the equation as well. No way Stoops goes to Cleveland, and it wouldn’t be the Browns’ decision, either.

  • R8erEduc8er

    Had a feeling you’d say that. I like the Sea and SF type teams better….even if NE or Den wins it all. They’re built for playoffs without having HOF QBs.

  • 24

    We’ll likely play at the new SF stadium no?

  • W.J

    So was McGloin. Teams just sat on his routes and ate him up. Since he had no mobility he was doomed too.

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    I read the article for tickets in yesterday’s Seattle paper. Actually, it wasn’t sinister. They sold to people in their viewing area, the Pacific Northwest, including BC and Alberta, and they are sold out.

  • DJ Johnny

    I thought we had them at home.
    Maybe I am mistaken on that.

  • 24

    The Browns really hurt themselves when they fired their HC after 1 year with Norv Turner at OC and Ray Horton at DC. That’s a really good coaching staff but they needed players. The ownership proved they’re the problem.

  • AutumnThunderstorm

    Denver also is only selling playoff tickets to Rocky Mountain region.

  • The Beeeeech Dawg

    You’re so afraid of the PMPP you’ll use a different computer so you can’t get regulated?

    That’s pretty lame, just stand up and take your regulation like a real blog nerd

  • 24

    McGloin faired much better and continued to march the team down the field as a rookie. He needs to get better but you could say that about the whole team.

  • 24

    To be fair, I’m a strong running game and strong defense guy myself, it’s just not as exciting as the Bronco style teams.

  • TrevJo

    If I still lived in Montana I could have sniped tickets to either game! lol

  • 24

    No you’re right…Raiders at home.

    http://www.raiders.com/schedule/2014-opponents.html

  • W.J

    I think we play everybody in the playoffs, but the Panthers, twice. One away, one at home.

  • TrevJo

    http://www.raiders.com/schedule/2014-opponents.html
    Niners at home. Jets, Pats, Rams, Hawks, and Browns on the road.

  • W.J

    That’s wrong. No panthers, eagles, or colts.

  • PlunkforHOF

    And a “home” game in London.

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    That’s why Manning and Brady and Brees are who they are–their own co-ordinators really. It’s also what we see in Andrew Luck–he HAD no offense, only R. Wayne, and HE went down. Then, he and YC found one another, but that_was_it. There were years that neither Manning nor Brady had anything other than mediocrity and a center or two on their offense, yet still made the playoffs.
    That’s how they keep winning even when their offensive units have been wiped out by injuries. No one can claim that the so-called physically gifted qbs who can run can do that.
    They don’t need coaches.

    The so-called “badazz” guys need a coach and a plan given them by others and a really strong supporting cast as we saw when Kap had no Crabtree or TE. Lost.

  • W.J

    Who do we play in London?