Tony Sparano Named Raiders Interim Head Coach: Latest Comments and Reaction

The Oakland Raiders named Tony Sparano as their interim head coach while they search for a full-time replacement following the dismissal of Dennis Allen. Sparano previously served as head coach of the Miami Dolphins.    

Jim Trotter of ESPN passed along word of the decision, and the team later announced the move:

The Raiders also confirmed the choice on their official site and provided comments from general manager Reggie McKenzie.

"Tony Sparano has a strong presence in this organization," he said. "His experience and leadership qualities will serve the team well in helping reach the goal of everyone here, which is to win football games."

The Raiders and Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle provide Sparano's comments on the challenge ahead:

Ian Rapoport of passes along more from McKenzie, who spoke about his role in the Raiders' struggles:

Andrew Siciliano and Marc Sessler of NFL Network have more from McKenzie:

Tom Pelissero of USA Today reports the Raiders have not determined who the next coach of the Raiders will be:

Mark Davis briefly spoke about the prospect of eventually hiring Jon Gruden as the Raiders next coach according to Marc Sessler of NFL.con:

Davis told reporters Tuesday that he wouldn't rule out contacting Jon Gruden.

"I don't know," Davis said. "He may reach out to me, I may reach out to him -- I may reach out to anybody. I'm not going to talk about future coaches."


(Michael) Silver told NFL Total Access on Tuesday that an "emotional connection" still exists between Gruden and the Raiders, with sources telling him "that there have been overtures, even before this, to Jon Gruden -- that Mark Davis is prepared to spend a lot of money, because that's what it would take ...

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