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Tony Sparano considered his promotion to Raiders interim head coach a bittersweet moment. He is excited to be a head coach for a second time, but disappointed that it had to come at Dennis Allen’s expense.
Allen was fired on Monday evening, a day after the Raiders dropped to 0-4 with a 38-14 loss to the Miami Dolphins at London’s Wembley Stadium.
Despite using the same scheme and the same roster that produced dismal results, Sparano believes the Raiders can do better with the 12 games remaining.
“Again, I respect Dennis Allen tremendously, but I’m not Dennis, Dennis is not me,” Sparano said during a Tuesday press conference. “Things can change with philosophies and that will be the case. We will have a different philosophy.”
Sparano didn’t go into detail, preferring to inform his players what will change before telling the press, but he took no issue with people calling plays.
He also said that 0-4 doesn’t represent what these Raiders are capable of. He believes there is a major issue with the Raiders right now.
“They have forgotten how to win,” Sparano said. “You can fall into that trap. There’s plenty of excuses out there right now, a lot of them. … We’re not going to use those excuses.
"As soon as we taste, and we will taste, what it feels like to win, that’s how change happens. There are a lot of teams in this league that are front-running teams. They taste it a little bit and then they want more and want more and want more. Our guys need to taste that.”
Sparano has the Week 5 bye to get things in order before playing the San Diego Chargers on Oct. 12.
Due to league rules, he’ll only have Wednesday with his players before they leave for a mandatory bye-week break from Thursday to Sunday.
He’ll hunker down with his coaches over the weekend, organize a new plan and go about the business of getting the season’s first win.
Sparano said he “knows which buttons to push,” and he’ll be pushing some different ones than Allen.
“You can’t keep doing the same thing over and over and over again and expect a different result,” Sparano said. “That’s got a different definition to it in my book. At the end of this thing, we need to make some changes.”