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  • Sat., Aug. 23, 2014 9:30 PM - 10:00 PM PDT The Raiders Report - Road to Kickoff Silver & Black Productions presents The Raiders Report: Road to Kickoff, an exclusive look into the Oakland Raiders Training Camp experience. Watch the show Saturday night at 9:30 p.m. PT on Comcast SportsNet California.
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  • Sat., Aug. 30, 2014 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM PDT Raiders Blood Drive
    BLOOD DRIVE
    August, 30th, 2014, 10am to 3pm
    O.co Coliseum @ East Side Club
    7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland, CA 94621
    RAIDERS BLOOD DRIVE
    August, 30th, 2014, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    O.co Coliseum @ East Side Club
    7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland, CA 94621
    Each donor will receive:
    • a free ticket to the 10/19 game vs. Arizona Cardinals (first 250 donors)
    • an Oakland Raiders cinch bag
    • And more!
    Walk-ins welcome but appointments preferred. Visit www.bloodheroes.com, click on “Donate
    Blood” and enter: RAIDERS. Contact Fred McFadden with questions at (415) 354-1381.
    * Blood donors please bring photo I.D., eat a meal before donating and be 17-years or older (16-year-olds with parental consent)
  • Fri., Sep. 12, 2014 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM PDT Meet Lester Hayes Meet Raiders Legend Lester Hayes at The Raider Image at Hegenberger in Oakland on Friday, September 12 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Fri., Sep. 12, 2014 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM PDT Meet Ted Hendricks Meet Raiders Legend Ted Hendricks at The Raider Image at Hegenberger in Oakland on Friday, September 12 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Sat., Sep. 13, 2014 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM PDT Raiders Back to Football 5K Presented by Kaiser Permanente The Oakland Raiders Back to Football 5K Run, presented by Kaiser Permanente, will bring together both runners and NFL fans, and welcomes participants of all abilities to kick off the 2014 Oakland Raiders season. Be sure to register early as spots will be limited.
     
    Who: Runners of all abilities
    What: Back to Football 5k and Kids Fun Run
    Where: O.Co Coliseum
    Date: September 13, 2014 at 9:00 a.m.
    Back to Football Run Package Includes:    
    • Start the race on the field
    • Finish at Celebration Village
    • Participant Tee
    • Commemorative finisher's medal
    • 1 ticket to a Raiders Home Game
    • Post-race Celebration Village activities

    Click here to register!

  • Sat., Sep. 13, 2014 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM PDT Meet Ted Hendricks Meet Raiders Legend Ted Hendricks at The Raider Image at Hegenberger in Oakland on Saturday, September 13 from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Coaches

Tony Sparano
Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Line
Tony Sparano is in his second year as Oakland’s assistant head coach/offensive line.

Tony Sparano is in his second year as Oakland’s assistant head coach/offensive line.

Sparano has nine combined seasons as a head coach, four (2008-11) at the reins of the Miami Dolphins and five (1994-98) at the University of New Haven. He also owns 15 years of NFL coaching experience.

Last year, Sparano tutored a shuffling offensive line through eight different starting combinations, the most in the NFL. His offensive line paved the way for four different players to rush for 100 yards, the fist team to do that since 1978. The Raiders rushed for 2,000 yards, which ranked 12th in the league.

Prior to serving as N.Y. Jets offensive coordinator in 2012, Sparano compiled some impressive accomplishments in his tenure as Miami Dolphins head coach, a position he held from 2008-11.

In 2008, Sparano steered Miami to the greatest year-to-year improvement in NFL history, a 10-game difference as the Dolphins earned the AFC East crown with an 11-5 record, before losing in the Wild Card round of the playoffs. Sparano finished one vote shy of winning the Associated Press Coach of the Year. His career record as an NFL head coach is 29-33.

Sparano helped the Cowboys to three playoff appearances and four winning seasons in five years (2003-07) on the Dallas staff, including four under head coach Bill Parcells. Sparano tutored the tight ends from 2003-04, then served as offensive line coach/running-game coordinator from 2005-06, where he also served as play-caller. In 2005, The Cowboys finished 13th in the NFL in two categories, total yards per game (325.1) and rushing yards per game (116.3). Dallas improved their total yards per game in 2006, finishing 5th in the league with 360.8. The team also finished 5th in passing yards per game (239.8) in 2006. Sparano shifted to assistant head coach/offensive line in 2007.

Prior to two one-year stops as a tight ends coach, with Marty Schottenheimer’s Redskins in 2001 and Tom Coughlin’s Jaguars in 2002, Sparano helped launch the expansion Cleveland Browns. In 1999, Cleveland’s first year back in the NFL, Sparano was an offensive quality-control coach. He spent 2000 in charge of the Browns’ offensive line.

Sparano made the jump to the NFL after five years as head coach (1994-98) of his alma mater, Division II New Haven, where he compiled a 41-14 record (.745), with four winning campaigns and one .500 season. In that tenure, he also guided the Chargers to a pair of NCAA playoff berths. In 1997, his 12-2 club led the country in scoring offense (42.8 points per contest) and ranked second in scoring defense (11.6) before it lost in the national championship.

He spent the previous six seasons (1988-93) at Division I-AA Boston University, coaching the Terriers’ offensive linemen from 1988-89, including Cleveland Browns 1989 draft selection Mike Graybill, before serving as offensive coordinator from 1990-93. In his final season at BU, the 12-1 team won the Yankee Conference and advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA playoffs.

PERSONAL: A native of West Haven, Conn., Sparano launched his coaching career at New Haven with a four-year stint (1984-87) as offensive line coach. The starting center at New Haven during his playing days, he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. Sparano played at Richard C. Lee High School in New Haven, Conn. He and his wife, Jeanette, have three children, sons Tony and Andrew, who each played football at Albany, and daughter Ryan Leigh. The younger Tony is an offensive assistant with the New York Jets.

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  • Tony Sparano's Media Session

    Posted Feb 13, 2013

    Recently hired offensive line coach/assistant head coach Tony Sparano spoke to Bay Area media Wednesday afternoon at the team's Alameda facility.