Derek Carr Would Love Tony Sparano to Coach in 2015


While the football world and most of the Bay Area focus on who the Oakland Raiders new head coach will be along with the Jim Harbaugh drama, the players have thrown their support at interim head coach Tony Sparano as the season nears its end with the final home game of the season this Sunday. Latavius Murray claimed that the Raiders love playing for Sparano earlier this week, and he has recently drawn the support of his quarterback to return for 2015 as even with a losing record since taking over from Dennis Allen it is clear Sparano has earned the respect of the locker room.

Carr said he would love for Sparano to return to coach in 2015, noting that he loves the way Sparano coaches and that he is focused on playing hard for the interim head coach for the final two games of the 2014 season.

“Yeah, we love him. 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,” Carr said, via the Bay Area News Group while adding that it is hard dealing with the uncertainty going on in Oakland surrounding the head coach. “The fact that I don’t know what’s going to happen, that’s hard. But right now I’m focused on playing my heart out for him because I love him. I love him to death, I love playing for him. He pushes the heck out of me, and I love it. That’s how I like to be coached.

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It is unlikely that Sparano does come back as the Raiders head coach as a career record well below .500 and no winning seasons since his first year with the Miami Dolphins make him an underdog in owner Mark Davis’ search for a permanent head coach. However the respect he has earned from the team is certainly worth noting as Sparano has kept a group that has had their season go through many emotional roller coasters and several key injuries continuing to play hard for a interim head coach. That is the sign of someone who can motivate a locker room to do great things, but even with the vocal support of many of the team’s young cornerstones, don’t expect to see Sparano back as a permanent head coach as Davis has more successful head coaching candidates in mind for 2015.