Sparano makes case for staying on as Raiders head coach


Now that Tony Sparano has made it through the interim coach phase, he is hell-bent upon being the full-time coach.
He made that abundantly clear Monday during his year-ending news conference, which lasted almost 39 minutes and featured numerous questions about his uncertain status.
“All I want to do right now is be the head coach of the Raiders,” Sparano said. “How badly? Very, very badly. This is my team. I left my team today and I’m looking forward to starting over again with them.”
Sparano said he intends to meet with owner Mark Davis at some point soon, though there isn’t a firm time set.
Sparano replaced Dennis Allen in late September after Davis fired Allen on the heels of an 0-4 start. The Raiders lost six straight games under Sparano before they finished 3-3 their final six games.
What Sparano wants people to see is that he succeeded in changing the culture the past three months and next up is getting the Raiders to the postseason for the first time since 2002.
“The message I left the players with is that, first of all, that I was very proud of them,” Sparano said of his final team meeting Monday morning. “They handled a difficult situation with class, with dignity and professionalism.”
“This team, though not evident with number of wins, has started to set a little bit of a standard here and has started to pave the road for what lies ahead in the future.”
Davis said upon Sparano being named interim coach that the Raiders might have found their full-time coach. Yet, he also has said that the situation would be studied at season’s end.
The Raiders reached that point Sunday with a 47-14 loss to the Denver Broncos. At some point Sunday, the Raiders reportedly reached out to Jim Harbaugh about the prospect of coaching the Raiders.
Now that Harbaugh has decided upon the University of Michigan, Sparano is back at the forefront. He said he intends to do whatever he can to get the job that he feels as if he deserves.
“I only have one concern right now; it’s to be the head coach of the Oakland Raiders,” Sparano said.


Steve Corkran

  • 1960AutumnWind

    Colt McCoy?



  • RaidingTexas

    New post.

  • Gdog

    Dude. All he has to do is steal the system. Do you not know how to read?

  • Back-N-Black

    Why does Pete Carmichael, Jr. never come up in HC discussions?

  • R8derdiehard


  • Elliot

    Mangini can flat out coach…it is the relationship aspect with players that is an issue…I think he has changed

  • Al_is_theraiders


  • SlvrnBlck478

    That was before he learned under Chip.

  • RaYdAFoELyPh

    Another day of misery …. i will check back in later to hear bad news….

  • Man In Black

    Working for a great coach and leading a team are 2 different things. We saw how he lead a team in Cle. No thanks…

  • Raider O

    Steal the system?
    He didn’t “steal” Ried’s system when he was with the Browns.

  • FourMoreYears

    11 wins in 3 years.



    11 out of 48

  • Gdog

    Ha ha ha.. Charlie must not have been a Raider fan back then. We hadn’t been to the playoffs in 5 years when Gruden took over. 9-7, 8-8, 7-9, 4-12.

    Sound familiar?

  • SlvrnBlck478

    Yes, but since he has learned under Chip. He has success with any QB he worked with. I wouldn’t give Chip all the credit with the improvements of Foles and Sanchez. Shurmur did the same with Mcnabb, Bradford, and McCoy. If he can improve Carr’s play, then we are already headed in the right direction.

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    I read an account from a book a player wrote, an account of his coaching and his “motivational” techniques. He’s NOT a modern coach. That’s his personality too. You can change SOME techniques, but not your personality, don’t you think?

  • DanfromVegas

    Cable should never have been fired. Best HC we’ve had since Gruden.

  • Dakota

    New post

  • Gdog

    Its a one read spread from my understanding. Same system as Carr’s college team.

  • Gdog

    Ok dude. Whatever floats your boat.. root for Mangini then!

  • Man In Black

    Alright, so hire him as OC then. There are many great coordinators that are not good head coaches. Maybe he has learned something new, but so far his track record says he is one of them.

  • Nick Gancayco

    So does chip kelly. Ppl like him because he has been successful pretty much anywhere he goes

  • SlvrnBlck478

    Can’t. That’s a lateral move. All the retreads we pick from will have warts. This franchise will go as far as Carr can take it. Shurmur is the best coach for Carr.

  • scooboy

    Let the OC do that

  • Silver&BlackBleeder

    Nope…just a broke bone; so no sprain, plantar faci-whatever or lisfranc…

  • Dan78

    Can you imagine him lighting up the Al flame….

  • tuckrulefool

    Finally we agree (sarcasm ignored!)

  • tuckrulefool

    I prefer solid 5h!t over diahreah

  • Raider_Riff

    Thx for the heads up.

    Ive done a lil research and ur right. Olson wasnt given a interview.

    Holmgren is in the drivers seat as of now. Because he loves Reggie. But he might not be comfortable with the move to LA.

    So Del Rio is the backup plan. He loves LA. But likely wont take the job due to the unstable GM position. If a new GM is hired after next seasons crash, they will want their own GM most likely. It’s the safe thing for Del Rio to assume.

    And for that, there is still Sporano if Del Rio backs out.

    Those are the 3 real candidates.