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    Meet The New Coaching Staff

    New Raiders coach's hired sat down with local beat writers who cover the team.Enjoy Nation GOOOOOO RAIDERS

    GREG OLSEN TALKS TO THE PRESS

    http://www.raiders.com/media-vault/v...7-fc1daca03c30

    TONY SPARANO TALKS TO THE PRESS

    http://www.raiders.com/media-vault/v...2-e65bfaceaea9

    BOB SANDERS TALKS TO THE PRESS

    http://www.raiders.com/media-vault/v...b-a05f3b035cbe

    BOBBY APRIL TALKS TO THE PRESS

    http://www.raiders.com/media-vault/v...e-c97a9b239217
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    Good find, thank you.

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    Daz was up

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

    Q: How much of it was scheme that it takes guys on the line awhile to get used to it, certain guys that donít gravitate toward that, how much of it was the running back being able to read the holes, being able to cut backÖ
    Sparano: Iím not going to get into second-guessing or critiquing, or doing any of those things, I think that at the end of the day thereís a lot of ways to get things done. Weíre up there now kind of grinding through this as a coaching staff with what we want to get accomplished right now. Iím just really learning the players at this particular time, and not really concerned too much about what went on here in the past. Iím more concerned about whatís about to go on here.
    Q: Youíve had some pretty good left tackles in your career. Where do you see [T Jared Veldheer] and the type of player he is and where he can go?
    Sparano: I spent a lot of time, coming out in the draft, spent a lot of time watching him at that point and of course watching him here. Heís done some really good things with these guys here as a left tackle. Youíre right, obviously we drafted [T Jake Long, with Miami]. I had Flozell Adams in Dallas, and was lucky to have some good tackles, DíBrickashaw [Ferguson] down there in New York, Iíve been around some pretty good ones. This guyís done a nice job here for them last year. I think heís such a big, tall guy, with his length, the way he moves his feet, heís an effective player.
    Q: You said you looked at cut ups and stuff from last year, did you look from two years ago when this was like a pretty good run blocking team?
    Sparano: I absolutely did, I went back, watched it, they were #1 in the league. To be honest with you at that time I was in a different place, I was in Miami at that time. What you do in the offseason, you usually spend time studying other people and what theyíve done well and whoís done what well, and at that time you were watching the Raiders run game. That was something that we spent time watching.
    Q: Two years ago they had Stefen Wisniewski at left guard. Is there any consideration at all moving him back to left guard, or are you convinced he can be a center, what did you see on tape of him at center?
    Sparano: Those are, right now, not decisions that I can make. Thatís something [Head Coach Dennis Allen] and [General Manager Reggie McKenzie] and that group of guys will make the final decision. We got a long way to go before any of those things happen. I did watch him, when youíre watching film from two years ago youíre seeing him play guard and then youíre seeing him play center this past season. Iíve seen him play both, and Iíve seen him come out of college. The good news is to have a young player like that with flexibility. I think thatís critical in any of the line positions to find guys with positional flex, because not knowing what Dennis will take to the games, what weíll have on a game-day roster. You get caught in some quicksand during the games, you know you end up having to play a bunch of those guys. I can remember a kid I had in Miami who had to play three positions in one game because we were down to five guys.

    Q: How does RB Darren McFadden fit what you want to do?
    Sparano: I think really good, I think he fits it really well. Iím excited about getting a chance to work with a player like that. Iíve known of McFadden for a long time. My quarterback coach at the time in Miami was a fella by the name of David Lee. And David Lee was at the time the coordinator at Arkansas when they were out there and they were running McFadden and Felix [Jones] and that group of guys, doing some different things with them. I donít want to say that word, youíll bring it up soon enough. They were doing some different things with him obviously, I got a chance to watch him and study him and get a chance to learn. Heís a talented guy. What I was surprised of was his body weight, watching him when he runs the football. I was surprised he weighed what he weighed because to me he plays bigger than that.
    Q: In your system, is it something the guys pick up quickly, or is it something that thereís going to be a pretty big learning curve?
    Sparano: I think like anything else when you come in and thereís new terminology, itís [offensive coordinator Greg Olsonís] system and Iím learning the terminology right now just as all the coaches here are learning the terminology. Greg and I, heís kind of learning some of my line calls, and Iím learning how heíll call things during the game. Thatís something weíre all kind of going through right now. I think, when push comes to shove, I donít see this being something that the players will take a long time to grab and get a hold of. In fact I think itíll be something theyíll be excited about and I think thatíll be a really good thing as we get going here. All that being said, Iíve coached this position long enough, Iíve dealt with the questions long enoughÖthis is probably the most difficult position to put together. It really is. Youíre getting five guys that need to play like one by the end of this whole thing. In training camps and those things, you could have moving parts, in and out, to see other people. To get them all to do the same thing really requires a little bit of time. When the time is right and we get into those phases down the road and we can get started with the players I donít think it will take long.
    Q: What appealed to you about coming here to this place specifically?
    Sparano: First of all the history here, I would say without a doubt, Iím a history buff. I had a chance to be with the Dolphins and be with the Cowboys, and be in some organizations that have tremendous history and I love this history here. The other thing that appealed to me is quite honestly is Dennis Allen and Reggie, getting a chance to visit with them, our owner, getting a chance to visit with them and just understanding the vision that they had and what Dennis is trying to do, what Reggie is trying to do with this organization right now, and the direction that theyíre headed. Iíve been involved in a lot of different teams, too many to be quite honest with you. At the end of this whole thing I just wanted to be in a situation where I felt like everything was headed in the right direction. When I had a chance to visit with them it just immediately, I had a good feeling about it.
    Q: How does Mike Brisiel fit?
    Sparano: Heís an interesting guy, he comes from a zone blocking scheme in Houston, he ended up coming here and they did a lot of zone blocking stuff, but heís a tough, physical guy. I really like those kind of players that are tough, physical, dependable guys, I think that a guy like him will fit in nicely with some of the things that weíre doing, as well as some of the other players in that group. I hate singling out players. I honestly think that they have several good, young players here. Weíve talked about a couple of them already, Veldheer, Wisniewski, Brisiel and these type of people. I think heíll fit in well.
    Q: Tony Bergstrom didnít get a whole lot of time, mostly at that extra tight end sort of spot. What were you able to see from him, did you look back at his college stuff, did you scout him coming out?
    Sparano: I actually had him in, we had him in New York for our Top 30 visits. We brought him in, sat down and had a good conversation. The next time he sees me it wonít be the first time heís seen me, itíll be the third or fourth time with the combine, and the interviews. Having him in the building when you bring a guy in for the visits is always a good thing. Heís brilliant guy, really smart man, smart player, and I thought on tape really athletic type of a player when I watched him college. Obviously, didnít get a chance to see a whole lot of him here, he played in I want to say it was the last game of the season, he and Lucas [Nix] were in and out a little bit. Itís good news to have a couple of young players coming through that you can spend time developing.
    Q: You worked a long time under Bill Parcells. What impact has he had on your philosophy and how you approach the game?
    Sparano: Heís had probably the greatest impact on my philosophy and how I approach the game. Any time you have a chance to work under a coach like Bill ParcellsÖIíve worked for Bill Parcells, Tom Coughlin, Marty SchottenheimerÖbeen around a lot of outstanding coaches, Rex [Ryan]. At the end of this whole thing, to have a chance to coach under Bill and when I was the head coach at Miami, Bill was the ownerís designee there and he was in charge of all football. That was one of those deals there which was helpful to me too. As a first time head coach to be able to go into a situation like that, when you have a problem, or you have something that pops up to bounce something off somebody with that type of experience. Heís had a tremendous influence on me and my coaching career. I was really happy to see him get into the Hall of Fame, Iím very happy for him.
    Q: Tony, youíve been around the game long enough to see the evolution of offenses. There was a time, 30 years ago maybe, where quarterbacks who were athletic didnít get a lot of play, often they would move someplace else. Now it seems like the trend is going the other way, where itís actually an asset to have an athletic quarterback. Whatís your thought process on just the way the league is evolving in that direction?
    Sparano: You can see it happening right now, obviously what just happened in San Francisco, and out in Seattle and Carolina, a lot of those places, youíre starting to find that more and more teams are getting into some of that stuff. I think this league is about being able to make big plays. At the end of it all itís how you create chunk yardage that is going to matter. And whether or not you take care of the football well enough, and you can win football games, but chunk yardage and how you get it, whatever way you can do it I think is critical. I think these athletic quarterbacks that are coming out now, and what youíre seeing coming out of some of these systems through college right now is starting to form kind of a new trend in the league. Itís interesting because I remember the first time we ran out there with the Wildcat formation, it was Ronnie [Brown], and Ricky [Williams], Ronnie will tell you he was 75 percent, I think he was 3-for-4, he thinks he has the highest quarterback rating in the history of the game. The truth is now with these type of players being able to take every snap and you really donít know what theyíre going to do, because theyíre taking every snap and they can drop back and throw the football or theyíre taking every snap and they can run zone reads and run options or do some of these different things like [Colin] Kaepernick and these people are doing, some of the Russell Wilsons of the world. It just brings a complete different element for the defense to have to prepare for. Youíre just seeing more and more of these kids that maybe a while ago may have had to think about a position change where now everybody in the league is kind of saying, Ďhey wait a minute here, youíre going to study all of that stuff.í Everybody is going to look at the same things, itís interesting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raiderizer View Post
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    German? It is good to be multi-lingual.

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    I dont know about u guys but i dont like seeing dennis allen in our sidelines.he doesnt seem like the raiders in ur face type of coach and doesnt demand anything.seems like the quiet types.even if we could win games i just want him to get angry and express himself more and stop pointing a dumb finger every time we score.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raiderizer View Post
    I dont know about u guys but i dont like seeing dennis allen in our sidelines.he doesnt seem like the raiders in ur face type of coach and doesnt demand anything.seems like the quiet types.even if we could win games i just want him to get angry and express himself more and stop pointing a dumb finger every time we score.
    Uhm, that has nothing to do with being a good coach. Nothing.

    The whole "Raider Attitude" is meaningless when they haven't won a championship in 30 years and get treated like a scrimmage team.

    Respect is won on the field, not by hopping up and down on the sideline. That does nothing.
    PLEASE WELCOME THE NEW COACH OF YOUR OAKLAND RAIDERS.....



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    Quote Originally Posted by Superglue View Post
    Uhm, that has nothing to do with being a good coach. Nothing.

    The whole "Raider Attitude" is meaningless when they haven't won a championship in 30 years and get treated like a scrimmage team.

    Respect is won on the field, not by hopping up and down on the sideline. That does nothing.
    I understand but he can at least try and pump up the team before games.look at the hourbough brothers,they pump up there teams and im not talking talent wise.i know allen is smart but just pump them up.

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    I have np idea what being loud has to do with being s good coach. Personally I like the fact that he is calm and collect I hate seeing the niners harbaugh acting like a ******* on the sidelines. We don't know what Allen does in the locker room so he night pump them up in there. I personally like that he doesn't act like a idiot Im the sideline

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    Belichick doesnt seem to have to get crazy to pump his players up. Isnt that what a team leader's job is? ie Ray Lewis.

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    ^ right i feel like the players are the ones who should be jumping around and making alot of noise. I dont want the one who is in charge of them to be acting like them.

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    Im saying kuz none of the players do it either.

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    ^ Then thats saying something about the players isnt it? we need guys with more heart who really love the game. We need some leaders also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wolfe-Raider View Post
    German? It is good to be multi-lingual.
    ROFL!!! Oh that made me giggle
    Don't like me?

    Go have a seat with the rest of the putas waiting for me to give a flying fk.

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    Tom Flores didn't jump up and down yet we won 2 SBs under him.

    I still think it's total ****ing bull **** that he's not in the HOF.
    Don't like me?

    Go have a seat with the rest of the putas waiting for me to give a flying fk.

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