Menu FILE – this Aug. 29, file photo, Oakland Raiders assistant head coach Sparano calls to his team during NFL preseason football game against the Seattle Seahawks Seattle. The Raiders promoted offensive line Brandon Flowers Jersey coach Sparano to interim coach on Tuesday, Sept. 30, a day after firing head coach . arrived Oakland as the fresh-faced, defensive mastermind who was supposed to be completely different than the parade of coaches during late owner ‘ final years running the Raiders. leaves Oakland after less than three seasons just like those others, having failed to turn around the downtrodden franchise. The Raiders fired on Monday night after he lost the first four of his third year as coach and often failed to field a competitive team.
The decision was announced soon after the Raiders returned from London, where they lost their 10th straight game dating to last , 34 to the Bront Bird Jersey Miami Dolphins on . The firing was first reported by Fox Sports. was the first head coach hired by Oakland after ‘ death on October 2011. His 8 record is the worst for the franchise since before arrived 1963. His contract was set to run through next . announcement on the interim coach come Tuesday, with offensive line coach Sparano and offensive coordinator Olson the most likely options. is the third coach fired during the by Oakland since arrived. Shanahan was fired after four 1989 and Kiffin was let go four into the 2008 . The Raiders have had 11 straight seasons without a winning record or a playoff berth.
Oakland now have its eighth coach since 2003. and general manager were hired after the team finished 8 under coach Hue 2011, falling one game short of a playoff bid. They were expected to steady a franchise that ran into disrepair during ‘ final years as owner. Instead, the team has only gotten worse. The two were hamstrung their first two seasons by a lack of premium draft picks and a difficult salary-cap situation due to bad contracts handed out by . But after spending their first two years tearing down the team, owner expected the Raiders to be much more competitive this after having ample salary cap room the offseason and a near full complement of draft picks. Instead, the Raiders have looked overmatched at times. They fell behind 27 after three quarters of their only home game against and trailed by 31 points after three quarters against the Dolphins. all, had more losses by at least 20 points than wins. It was performances like those that said he no longer wanted to ‘s third and ultimately led to his downfall. was a former defensive coordinator Denver who was expected to modernize a defense that ran what were considered outdated schemes under ‘ watch. The defense, instead, has gotten worse. has overseen two of the three highest-scoring seasons by opponents franchise history. The Raiders have yielded 27 points per game since the start of the 2012 , allowing opponents to complete 67 percent of their passes with a 101 passer rating. With out, the pressure now turns to , who has two seasons left on his contract. ‘s first two draft classes have had almost no impact, with the biggest disappointment being 2013 first-round cornerback DJ , who has struggled with injuries. was exposed eight as a rookie and hasn’t played at all this because of a foot injury. This year’s draft class appears to be much stronger, led by first-round linebacker Khalil and second-round quarterback Carr. But whether that be enough for to keep his job remains to be seen. also has botched two offseason trades for quarterbacks, with Flynn 2013 and Schaub this year failing to win starting jobs after being acquired to start.