Sparano Is Out; Leverage WinsJanuary 11th, 2014
Offensive linemen are taught to maximize their leverage all the time — “low man wins” — and it seems the man the San Francisco Chronicle reported to be the Bucs’ new offensive line coach followed those teachings.
Tony Sparano is not coming to Tampa Bay.
The Raiders announced he’s staying with them as offensive line/assistant head coach, and he signed a new two-year contract, which seems odd considering Raiders head coach Dennis Allen is on thin ice.
Late Tuesday, Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle wrote that Sparano chose Tampa Bay after a contract dispute with Raiders owner Mark Davis.
While [general manager Reggie] McKenzie and [head coach Dennis] Allen were pushing for two-year contracts for the assistant coaches, Davis held firm on one-year deals, and so far five coaches have agreed to that. We haven’t confirmed the names of the five, but league sources said offensive line coach Tony Sparano balked and is set to join the Tampa Bay Buccaneers staff.
Well, it seems Sparano played the leverage game well and spooked the Raiders into giving him the two-year contract he wanted.
This is a loss for the Bucs. Sparano has a great history as an O-line coach. Bucs icon Derrick Brooks even praised him on WDAE-AM 620 on Wednesday as a great communicator and an asset to the Bucs staff.
Hopefully, Jeff Tedford has a go-to guy. Lovie Smith didn’t have much luck building an offensive line in Chicago.