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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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Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • EDWARD TEACH

    Both New England and Denver played very well defensively this weekend, and with exception of the Broncos, all teams remaining in the playoffs had top ten defenses this year.

  • PlunkforHOF

    Miami

  • TrevJo

    All-time series tied at 6 apiece. Lots on the line!

  • 24

    Good…no Miami heat.

  • AutumnThunderstorm

    I could see nfl front office flipping picks between Cincinnati and the Raiders, if they’ve never granted a draft pick before for tampering.

    It would be a means to send a message to teams we are serious about this without too harsh of a punishment.

    Such as our 7th for their 5th, or our 3rd for their 2nd.

  • TrevJo

    It replaces a game in Oakland. :(

  • R8erEduc8er

    NE and Den defense aren’t on the level of Sea and SF.

  • 24

    You’re right…they’d never do something good for the Raiders to make a point to the rest of the league.

  • W.J

    No!!!!! We do NOT see that in Andrew Luck. You are projecting. Luck is a good QB, but he still has a long way to go. He lacks the experience and smarts. He still has problems reading defenses. He’ll get there but he has got to tighten up his game. He can’t rely on being lucky all the time.

  • TrevJo

    If we’re lucky, they’ll agree to call holding penalties on the Bengals every time McFadden breaks off a long run, just like they did when he was here.

  • aig-raiders

    you must have a memory issue. Didnt the Defensive minded Giants with JPP and Strahan beat the mighty passing attacks of Brady recently twice with two diff DL lineups?
    Oh and who did the passing game of the Falcons lose to for the SB trip last year?

  • 24

    I think a QB like that still needs a HC or OC who can set that foundation for them first. Drew Brees wasn’t great until Sean Payton got a hold of him and Tom Moore was with Manning and the Colts for a very long time. Brady might be the anomaly here but Belichick has proven to be a great coach, cheating or not.

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    Why don’t they just get a Canadian franchise if they want to expand?

  • AutumnThunderstorm

    Raiders might have been screwed over with the 2014 schedule more than any other before.

    Raiders really only have SIX home games with a distinct home advantage.

    Home game vs Miami, 1) a neutral site and 2) Miami is 3000 miles closer.

    Home game vs San Francisco is not a road trip for San Francisco, fan in the stands will probably only be a 60-40 percent ratio.

  • W.J

    The Mannings and the Brady’s kept winning in part in their early years because they were blessed to have Dungy and Belichek especially Peyton. Peyton got his azz beat just about every year by Big Ben. Why? Because Big ben was smarter and a more physically gifted qb. Today Brady and Peyton are unquestionably the best QB inthe game, maybe ever. But Peyton first two years can’t comapre to those of Wilson, Kap, Cam, RGIII, and yes Luck. Give the young guns time.

  • Jayhawk_Raider

    I personally hate London games.

  • TrevJo

    It’s unfortunate, but unless we improve greatly on our 1-7 road record it won’t matter.

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    You’re right–I should have modified it to “will be that guy soon” but if you follow the Colts much, you know that it was Luck who got those guys there with very little offensively to help him.
    I think he has done what Manning did his first few years with the Colts. They both recognized they HAD to take chances to win because their teams were inferior to others and they were the only hope. Thus, they forced the ball sometimes….because there were no other choices.

  • PlunkforHOF

    Did I get a down vote for my comment, or because the Raiders are getting hosed?

  • 24

    I don’t feel sad for the Raiders at all. You win when you’re good, regardless of the schedule. If this management finally builds a good team, next year’s schedule should be more worried about us, rather than us worried about them.

  • 24

    You can never take down votes personally. I didn’t do it btw.

  • BigBenRexor

    Mark should’ve never agreed to that England game. Proof that he cares more about the money.

  • 24

    He also didn’t have Arians around…I wonder how much of a difference that made.

  • 24

    No…it proves that we’re a broke franchise and in order to stay relevant, we need the money.

  • BigBenRexor

    I don’t believe there is such things as a “broke” NFL franchise. Well at least not financially, but we are broke in other terms.

  • TrevJo

    Living in Seattle since 1999, I was looking ahead to Raiders at Seahawks in 2014. The only time they played here since I moved here was 2006 (not counting lame preseason week 4 games). It was a mighty duel between Andrew Walter and Seneca Wallace–We lost 16-0.
    Other QBs that have piloted shutouts since then: Kyle Boller/Carson Palmer (Palmer’s first game) in ’11, Bruce Gradkowski/Jamarcus Russell in ’09, Russell solo in ’08, Aaron Brooks/Walter later in ’06.
    Here’s hoping we have a much better QB than that all hot garbage to square off with Wilson next season.

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    I don’t think RB3 will physically last. I also realize he knows very little about pro-style quarterbacking. Still, he can learn, if his knees hold out. Smart guy, but has to accept coaching.
    Kap will be beholding to coaches game-planning. He will get better but will always be limited more than the others in his smarts.
    Cam? Your guess is as good as mine. Depends on if he really can figure out how to achieve greatness through loving the actual process of getting better. It means you have to accept responsibility on the inside, not just pretend you are accepting it. He has the smarts if he wants to be like those guys.
    Wilson has the best attitude, great smarts, leadership skills, but in spite of his great footwork and athleticism, he’s actually more limited physically than the others. Still, he’ll be great if he stays healthy, another Brees.

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    Good point.

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    That’s some reminders of pathetic times. So much so we don’t seem as bad now. LOL.

  • 24

    If I recall, we’re ranked #32 in value. Oakland is not a football city. Yes, I know we love our team in Oakland but the city doesn’t support the team very much but the city also doesn’t have a lot of money to work with. The relationship between AD and the city has had it’s share of struggles on top of it. It’s hard to say whether people take Mark seriously.

    The plan that arrived to help build a new stadium and shopping center, hotel etc hasn’t passed because there’s no trust. Point is, not only is our value extremely low but there’s no room to improve with every direction we try to go. The question is, how do we get out of this problem?

  • BigBenRexor

    Giving up 56 points to Alex Smith might as be a win in comparison.

  • BigBenRexor

    By WINNING

  • Chino

    @JoshDubowAP: Here are @PFF rankings of OL in 2013. #Raiders are 27th http://t.co/Pne1GmPdCs

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    Barry Bonds is the only reason the Giants have a new baseball park. The Giants kept him and yeah, they knew he was juicing, to get that park built and Barry knew that.
    That is why a Johnny Football can turn your franchise around IF he’s halfway good. Namath’s big talking and his big arm made the Jets, who were ugly step-sisters to the Giants. He made them relevant and the franchise worth something even before he took the team to the Super Bowl and beat the NFL. It helped that he had a rivalry with a team like the Raiders and the Chiefs, who were great then.

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    Not just winning, but winning in a media-attention-getting way. See below.

  • SaintKaufman

    I was at that game with my son. Seahawks had 9 sacks and Tyler Brayton kicked Jeremy Stevens in the jimmy! My sons first game, total embarassment.

  • BigBenRexor

    Doesn’t have to be special, just win Football games.

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    Tyler Brayton! Now there’s a name from the past. Ouch.

  • DutchRaid

    Lol…Carson Palmer found a worse Oline to plzay for…

  • TrevJo

    32nd in the penalty category, shocker!!

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    Yeah, and teams good one year also fall on bad times. Think of Atlanta and the one we beat this year, the Texans.

  • TrevJo

    Arizona 32nd back-to-back, ouch. Their Top performer was the 18th-ranked center with +0.5 grade, double ouch!

    Still Nix (for us) had the worst grade in the league. :(

  • W.J

    I agree with RGIII limited shelf life IF he keeps running so recklessly. His rookie year was pretty spectacular to me. I looked to me as if he was severely limited from the knee injury. Kap is one of the smartest most resilient, accurate QB’s in the game. There isn’t a throw he can’t make. It is apparent to me that many fans just don’t get how incredibly difficult the read option offense is to run and how incredibly smart you have to be to run it. Peyton makes all pre-snap reads and then throws to a spot predicated on that read. He is a master at it and absolutely no one does it better. However it’s a double edge sword. That’s why he is ultimately predictable and why his postseason appearances have been so limited. Read option is both pre and post snap read. Requires more decisions, and quicker decisions. Requires a superior arm and brain. That’s why this explosion of “new wave” quarterbacking is so exciting for anyone who is really a student of the game.

    Cam has all the skills and brains but he lacks the cut throat killer mentality. If he ever gets half of that Brady quiet cut throat mentality he will be lethal. Wison is just a shorter Kap. He is a tremendous QB. This is a renaissance of quarterbacking. People should enjoy it rather than be fearful of it.

  • SaintKaufman

    We went down close to the field before the game and I swore Robert Gallery was 9 feet tall! Dude was huge. The glaring thing from the game was Art Shell walking around like he was stoned while his offensive line got slaughtered. Had absolutely nothing to say to anyone that game.

  • 24

    It seems like Cam is a street ball kind of guy who will never fully dedicate himself enough to become one of the greats but will be just good enough to make it to the playoffs each year.

  • Theghostronin79

    I WANT to laugh…..But, that’s just NOT funny….

  • 24

    What made Art Shell’s first stint so successful compared to his 2nd stint?

  • RaiderDirt

    WTF… 6003 comments..lol

  • TrevJo

    “Peyton got his azz beat just about every year by Big Ben. Why? Because Big ben was smarter and a more physically gifted qb.”

    wat
    Peyton is 2-1 lifetime against Big Ben, with wins in 2005 and 2008, and the playoff loss in 2005 (when his idiot kicker failed to tie it at the buzzer). Peyton also lost to the Steelers (Tommy Maddox) in 2002 because he didn’t figure out how to deal with good 3-4 pass rushes until the second half of his career.

  • seymour bush

    New post boneheads.