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Wed, 13 Jan 2016 14:30:37 -0800
Former Miami Dolphins head coach Tony Sparano was hired as the new offensive line coach for the Minnesota Vikings Wednesday, Jan. 13. Sparano served as the San Francisco 49ers tight ends coach last year. Terms of the deal weren't disclosed. Vikings offensive line coach Jeff Davidson was fired Tuesday, Jan. 12.
Wed, 28 Jan 2015 13:26:22 -0800
San Francisco 49ers tight ends coach Tony Sparano could be an option to fill the team's offensive coordinator position.
Thu, 22 Jan 2015 19:09:44 -0800
San Francisco 49ers tight ends coach Tony Sparano tutored Dallas Cowboys TE Jason Witten in his first two years in the NFL, and ESPN.com's Paul Gutierrez believes TE Vernon Davis could benefit from having Sparano as a position coach.
Fantasy Tip: Davis was basically a non-factor for the 49ers last season, but after piling up 850 yards and 13 touchdowns in 2013, he could be worth taking a chance on later in drafts next year in case Sparano can help Davis bounce back.
Thu, 22 Jan 2015 11:22:47 -0800
Former Oakland Raiders interim head coach Tony Sparano is being hired by the San Francisco 49ers Thursday, Jan. 22, as their new tight ends coach, according to sources.
Thu, 22 Jan 2015 01:20:16 -0800
Tony Sparano, the former Oakland Raiders head coach, is being pursued by the San Francisco 49ers. The team may be looking at Sparano for the tight ends coaching position, which Sparano did early in his career.
Wed, 14 Jan 2015 08:23:30 -0800
Updating a previous report, Oakland Raiders assistant coach Tony Sparano is telling people he will not return to the team in 2015.
Thu, 08 Jan 2015 10:35:40 -0800
Oakland Raiders interim head coach Tony Sparano is considered one of the favorites for the team's head coaching position.
Wed, 07 Jan 2015 23:46:23 -0800
Former Oakland Raiders coach and television analyst John Madden sat in on the interview with free-agent coach Mike Shanahan (Redskins) for the head coach job, and sources indicate he will be present when the team interviews Tony Sparano.
Tue, 06 Jan 2015 13:17:37 -0800
Oakland Raiders interim head coach Tony Sparano will interview for the team's full-time head coaching position Wednesday, Jan. 7. It was originally reported that Sparano would interview Tuesday, Jan. 6.
Tue, 06 Jan 2015 13:12:52 -0800
Oakland Raiders interim head coach Tony Sparano is interviewing for the team's full-time head coaching position Tuesday, Jan. 6, according to a source.
Mon, 29 Dec 2014 08:09:08 -0800
Oakland Raiders interim head coach Tony Sparano is squarely in the mix to be named the team's head coach, according to a source.
Sun, 28 Dec 2014 09:44:19 -0800
Oakland Raiders interim head coach Tony Sparano is a candidate for the team's head coaching job and will receive an interview for the job.
Wed, 24 Dec 2014 15:06:38 -0800
Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis said he wants to start interviewing head coaching candidates starting early next week. Davis has been clear that he's going to be involved in the hiring process this time around. Last time, general manager Reggie McKenzie was in charge of hiring Dennis Allen. Interim coach Tony Sparano will be one of the candidates.
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 23:40:35 -0800
Oakland Raiders DE Antonio Smith, QB Derek Carr and FS Charles Woodson have all come out in support of head coach Tony Sparano and want him back for the 2015 season.
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 10:56:01 -0800
Oakland Raiders interim head coach Tony Sparano got the endorsement of QB Derek Carr as the team's head coach. "Yeah, we love him," Carr said. "He's our leader. Absolutely. We love him. Obviously, those decisions are going to happen, and we have no control in that. Those decisions will be made, and whoever is here is who we'll play for.
"But right now, coach Sparano is my leader. I love him 100 percent. He genuinely cares about me. He's pulled me into his office just to ask how I'm doing. … Those kind of things from a head coach mean so much."
Fri, 05 Dec 2014 00:30:22 -0800
Oakland Raiders WR Rod Streater (foot), who is on the injured reserve/designated to return list with a foot injury, is eligible to return but coach Tony Sparano will wait until Sunday, Dec. 7, to determine whether Streater will be activated.
Sat, 04 Oct 2014 11:51:44 -0700
Oakland Raiders interim head coach Tony Sparano will still coach the offensive line for the remainder of the season, according to OG Austin Howard.
Tue, 30 Sep 2014 10:57:33 -0700
The Oakland Raiders named Tony Sparano interim head coach Tuesday, Sept. 30.
Fantasy Tip: It is really hard to put any faith in any of Oakland's offensive weapons, especially with Derek Carr hurt now.
Tue, 30 Sep 2014 09:06:32 -0700
Oakland Raiders offensive line coach Tony Sparano is expected to be the team's first assistant to be offered the interim head coaching job Tuesday, Sept. 30. However, offensive coordinator Greg Olson is campaigning heavily for the job, according to a source. Senior offensive assistant Al Saunders is also a candidate.
Fri, 10 Jan 2014 16:13:15 -0800
Oakland Raiders assistant head coach/offensive line coach Tony Sparano has signed a two-year deal to remain with the team.
Wed, 08 Jan 2014 07:12:02 -0800
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are likely to hire Oakland Raiders offensive line coach Tony Sparano as their offensive line coach.
Thu, 14 Feb 2013 04:28:05 -0800
Oakland Raiders offensive line coach Tony Sparano said he is excited to work with RB Darren McFadden. When Sparano was head coach of the Miami Dolphins, his quarterbacks coach was David Lee. Lee had been an offensive coordinator at Arkansas when McFadden was running the wildcat package. "They were running McFadden and Felix (Jones) and that group of guys and doing some different things with them so, I don't want to say that word," Sparano said of the wildcat.
Thu, 31 Jan 2013 05:07:05 -0800
New York Jets impending free-agent RB Shonn Greene could be a nice fit for the Oakland Raiders in the offseason if he can be signed at a reasonable cap hit. Greene is a bigger back that would form a nice tandem with RB Darren McFadden. Greene also played for new Raiders offensive line coach Tony Sparano last season.
Sat, 26 Jan 2013 05:31:22 -0800
Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen said new assistant head coach/offensive line Tony Sparano will add an element of toughness to the offense in 2013. "... The thing that most impressed me about his time in Dallas, about his time there in Miami is that he always had some tough football teams," Allen said. "That's the thing that I think he can bring to our team, to our offense, is a sense of toughness. As well as a guy who's been through it; he's been a head coach in this league, he's been a coordinator so there are experiences that he can help us all through."
Thu, 24 Jan 2013 04:46:19 -0800
New Oakland Raiders assistant head coach/offensive line coach Tony Sparano will join the team next week after the Senior Bowl.
Wed, 23 Jan 2013 11:14:48 -0800
The Oakland Raiders hired Tony Sparano (Jets) as their assistant head coach and offensive line coach Wednesday, Jan. 23.
Wed, 16 Jan 2013 14:17:24 -0800
The New Orleans Saints could show interest in former New York Jets offensive coordinator Tony Sparano for their offensive line coaching position.
Sun, 13 Jan 2013 10:32:40 -0800
The Kansas City Chiefs will interview former New York Jets offensive coordinator Tony Sparano for their offensive line coaching position.
Tue, 08 Jan 2013 06:06:47 -0800
The New York Jets fired offensive coordinator Tony Sparano.
Thu, 03 Jan 2013 06:02:46 -0800
New York Jets players doubted offensive coordinator Tony Sparano's playcalling abilities from early on in the season. Players felt Sparano lacked creativity and flexibility in his playcalling with a distinct lack of imagination and innovation.
Thu, 03 Jan 2013 04:02:24 -0800
The New York Jets have yet to make a decision on the status of offensive coordinator Tony Sparano. Chances are the organization wants the new general manager to have the ability to sign off on hirings and firings.
Wed, 02 Jan 2013 07:24:07 -0800
New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan does not want offensive coordinator Tony Sparano to return in 2013.
Fri, 28 Dec 2012 10:37:54 -0800
The New York Jets have San Diego Chargers head coach Norv Turner and former Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Cam Cameron on their radar if they decide to fire current offensive coordinator Tony Sparano after the season.
Mon, 24 Dec 2012 10:22:10 -0800
New York Jets offensive coordinator Tony Sparano is expected to be fired this offseason even if head coach Rex Ryan and general manager Mike Tannenbaum remain with the team.
Sat, 22 Dec 2012 06:04:49 -0800
New York Jets offensive coordinator Tony Sparano may not return in 2013. Sparano's offense has lacked imagination, and he never found a way to creatively involve QB Tim Tebow.
Thu, 06 Dec 2012 04:23:47 -0800
Jacksonville Jaguars QB Chad Henne said he was recruited by New York Jets offensive coordinator Tony Sparano in the offseason. "Well, Tony called me as soon as free agency opened," Henne said. "Obviously, Mark signed his contract before that, but they still were interested and wanted to get me in on a visit. But I had two visits already lined up, here at Jacksonville and also in Seattle, so New York kinda would've been my third opportunity. But it just didn't work out."
Mon, 03 Dec 2012 04:44:27 -0800
Upon hearing the news during Week 13 that he was benched, New York Jets QB Mark Sanchez tried to talk to offensive coordinator Tony Sparano, who delivered the news, but Sparano turned away. Sanchez then went to see head coach Rex Ryan, who already was focused on the defensive series, and all he could manage was a "Yeah" when asked by Sanchez if QB Greg McElroy was in. "I just wanted to hear it from the head coach, that's all," Sanchez said after the game.
Sat, 27 Oct 2012 05:03:56 -0700
New York Jets offensive coordinator Tony Sparano said that he perhaps could be using QB Tim Tebow more effectively; Tebow, however, said Sparano has not talked to him about changing his role. "Just every week the game plan is a little different," Tebow said, "so whatever your role is, you try and do it well and be effective with it. Hopefully I can do that."
Wed, 29 Aug 2012 04:37:52 -0700
New York Jets offensive coordinator Tony Sparano said the team may not necessarily run the wildcat offense despite the presence of QB Tim Tebow on the roster. "That's assuming that we're even doing any of this stuff and when we're going to do it and how we're going to do it," Sparano said. "Just because we have a player in the building here that has some history running the football, not really in the Wildcat by the way, doesn't necessarily mean that that's exactly what we're going to do. All that being said, we know there's going to be some version of something, I think that's been said. With that being said, we just had a good discussion about it. We talked about the pros and cons, putting it out there or not putting it out there. If it is something that we're going to do, should we put it out there? If it's not, why waste time putting it out there?"
Tue, 28 Aug 2012 13:47:29 -0700
New York Jets offensive coordinator Tony Sparano said he was not interested in putting the team's wildcat offense on display for opposing teams to have a month to prepare for.
Mon, 13 Aug 2012 04:37:38 -0700
New York Jets offensive coordinator Tony Sparano said QB Tim Tebow will not have an expanded role, even with the offensive line's struggles in pass protection. "Mark is a good athlete and he's our quarterback," Sparano said, giving QB Mark Sanchez a vote of confidence. "I thought he has been playing really well right now for us and I don't see that kind of scenario at all out there."
Thu, 09 Aug 2012 05:48:53 -0700
The New York Jets could unveil some of their wildcat package in the preseason opener Friday, Aug. 10. "We'll see," offensive coordinator Tony Sparano said. "There's always a chance."
Mon, 28 May 2012 04:55:45 -0700
New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan said he used to hate offensive coordinator Tony Sparano when he was head coach of the Miami Dolphins; however, Ryan is glad they are on the same team now. "After he became available," Ryan said, "I'm like, 'Oh, hell, yeah … that's my guy.'"
Thu, 24 May 2012 10:46:28 -0700
New York Jets QB Mark Sanchez said he is a fan of new offensive coordinator Tony Sparano, particularly his approach with players. "Coach Sparano is very matter of fact, to the point. There are no gray areas," Sanchez said.
Wed, 16 May 2012 06:18:26 -0700
New York Jets offensive coordinator Tony Sparano has been running a tight ship during offseason workouts, increasing the accountability of his players. "He definitely runs a tighter ship than I've seen from anyone before, and he's not going to let anyone slip up," TE Dustin Keller said. "I think that's when problems do arise. It's going to continue. You can tell it's not just a one day or an OTA thing, this thing is going to keep on going and going, and I think we need it."
Sat, 12 May 2012 05:08:23 -0700
The New York Jets will not be making a return appearance on HBO's summer series "Hard Knocks," according to a league source. This time, the new coach on the team is offensive coordinator Tony Sparano, and according to the source, they want to minimize distractions as he installs his offense in training camp.
Sat, 03 Mar 2012 07:34:36 -0800
New York Jets QB Mark Sanchez has been working free-agent QB Chad Pennington (Dolphins) to learn offensive coordinator Tony Sparano's scheme. Pennington brought an old Miami Dolphins playbook and began teaching the system and terminology to Sanchez. The two quarterbacks met more than once for classroom-type sessions.
Fri, 13 Jan 2012 14:33:53 -0800
New York Jets offensive coordinator Tony Sparano said he wants to incorporate a very physical style of offense next season, often called a "Ground & Pound" offense by head coach Rex Ryan. Sparano will have full control over the offense, meaning he will call all the plays. He is expected to go with a run-first offense, but Sparano also said he wants to have a vertical passing attack. Sparano needs to improve QB Mark Sanchez, and he is interviewing possible replacements for quarterbacks coach Matt Cavanaugh.
Fri, 13 Jan 2012 05:19:28 -0800
Former New York Jets QB Joe Namath said he didn't like the hiring of Tony Sparano as offensive coordinator. Namath does not feel Sparano is qualified for the job. "I've watched Tony work down here with the Dolphins and I thought he carried himself very well through all the adversity and all, but other than having called some plays with the Dallas Cowboys, I don't know what his credentials are for an offensive coordinator," said Namath, who lives in South Florida. Namath suggested that Sparano was hired simply because he's a Bill Parcells disciple, as is Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum.
Thu, 12 Jan 2012 06:53:39 -0800
The addition of offensive coordinator Tony Sparano should help New York Jets QB Mark Sanchez in 2012. Sparano believes in a power-running game and he emphasizes pass protection with the tight ends and running backs. As a result, the offense would not rely as heavily on Sanchez's arm.