Yet another installment in the inane motivational tactics of Raiders interim head coach Tony Sparano. When last we checked in with Sparano, he was burying a football in front of Raiders players to forget all the losing that happened before he took over for the fired Dennis Allen.
Since then, the Raiders have lost another five games, but some of them were tough, hard-fought losses! Admittedly, it’s been a tough stretch of schedule the Raiders have faced since Sparano took over, with games against San Diego, Arizona, Cleveland, Seattle and Denver. Those are all teams with winning records.
Oakland gets another crack at a recently struggling San Diego team on Sunday, but Sparano isn’t about to them his players go into Qualcomm without some added motivation.
— Josh Dubow (@JoshDubowAP) November 13, 2014
Yes, yes, we all know that Al Pacino speech from Any Given Sunday. It’s a good one, no doubt. The problem is, I would bet every single one of his players had heard it before. Motivational tactics need to lose some of their oomph when they aren’t fresh. With it make the difference against the Chargers? Probably not. But San Diego has lost three in a row. They seem vulnerable enough to possibly lose to Oakland. If not, there’s always the Rams in two weeks.