During his first practice as interim head coach of the Oakland Raiders, Tony Sparano took his team back to school with the help of some visual aids. Using a football to represent the Raiders’ first four games, he buried their 0-4 start (literally) and helped his team move past the disappointing beginning of their 2014 campaign.
So far this season, the Raiders have been a disaster. Their offense has been abysmal, and the defense hasn’t been much better. Their inability to deliver on the field has led them to a winless start to the season, which forced owner Mark Davis to pull the plug on head coach Dennis Allen.
With Sparano at the helm and nowhere to go but up, though, the Raiders look to be in a slightly better place moving forward. It’s still realistic that they could go 0-16 on the season considering their talent-deficient roster, but they appear ready to fight to the death.
We’ll see if Sparano’s tactics can motivate this team to play better, but don’t expect sparks to fly on Sunday against a 4-1 San Diego Chargers team that’s cruising right now.