Tony Sparano Named Interim Head Coach Of Oakland Raiders

by Michael Drahota | Posted on Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 | 0

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News broke late last night (Mon., September 29, 2014) that the Oakland Raiders had fired head coach Dennis Allen after an 0-4 start to the 2014 regular season.

Today, the team has announced that offensive line coach Tony Sparano will be named the team’s interim head coach for the remaining 12 games of 2014. ESPN NFL reporter Jim Trotter reported that the Raiders had a 2 pm press conference scheduled to formally name Sparano the interim coach:

Sparano is most well known for his tenure as head coach of the Miami Dolphins, where he went 29-32 in nearly four years as head coach. He was signed to coach the offensive line of the New York Jets in 2012, making his way to the Raiders in 2013 after a disappointing season in New York. Sparano is not expected to take over as head coach of the Raiders.

According to Albert Breer, the Raiders are in talks to bring back former head coach Jon Gruden, who lead the team to the Super Bowl after the 2002 season. Breer reported that Gruden would have to have a franchise quarterback in place were he to return to coaching, and that he “really likes” injured Raiders starter Derek Carr, whom they selected in the second round of May’s draft:

There’s not much doubt that Gruden is one of the most highly sought-after coaches in the NFL year in and year out, but he hasn’t expressed much interest in returning to coaching, instead focusing on his job as an ESPN commentator.

But with the Raiders the laughingstock of the league, it would take a special effort even by a man with Gruden’s talents to bring this seemingly dead franchise back to life.

The team is in need of a good house cleaning, and things would most likely get worse if Oakland had not hit rock bottom. Who, if anyone, can restore the once-revered glory of Oakland Raiders football?

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