DENVER -– Tony Sparano was 3-9 as Raiders interim head coach. He finished with three victories in the last six weeks, a trio of home wins followed by a trio of road routs.
The latest was a 47-14 loss to the Denver Broncos to close out the season. It was one of a few precious few times Sparano will speak publicly before the coaching search gets going in earnest.
He said that he will interview to remove the interim tag and become Raiders head coach. Sparano also said he should get the job.
“I think that the total body of work is there,” Sparano said. “If you look at where we were and where we are now, and if you consider all the things we’ve been through as a football team, my answer is yes, (I deserve to be back). But I don’t make those decisions. They will be made here shortly by Mark Davis and Reggie McKenzie. I’m totally prepared for that.
“I just know that where we were and where we are know are two totally different places. That’s fairly obvious. I don’t think you can judge anything on one game.”
That was an ugly Sunday at Sports Authority Field, where the Raiders lost their 11th straight road game. A total of six belong to Sparano, the last three of which where lost by a combined score of 130-27.
“I certainly don’t like that we come out on the road and don’t play as well as we do at home,” Sparano said. “That’s something fixable. A year from now, I think you’ll look at this thing and the volume of snaps young players have had in hostile environments, and that will only serve us good.
“I’m proud of every guy in that room. I know it didn’t go our way, but they fought. This has been one heck of a rollercoaster for all of us. I just think that, as a young football team, they’ll learn how to win on the road as they have at home. I don’t question that at all. They’re pretty good students.”