Thursday December 18th, 2014

Oakland Raiders rookie quarterback Derek Carr says he wants interim coach Tony Sparano to be hired as the team's full-time head coach. 

Carr was asked if he wanted Sparano to get the full-time position next season.

“Yeah, we love him,” Carr said, according to the Bay Area News Group. “He’s our leader. Absolutely. We love him. Obviously, those decisions are going to happen, and we have no control in that. Those decisions will be made, and whoever is here is who we’ll play for.”

Sparano, who was promoted to interim status when Dennis Allen was fired on Sept. 29, is in his second season with the team. He was the team’s offensive line coach before being tabbed to lead the Raiders for the rest of the season.

“But right now, coach Sparano is my leader," Carr said, according to the report. “I love him 100 percent. He genuinely cares about me. He’s pulled me into his office just to ask how I’m doing. … Those kind of things from a head coach mean so much.”

Carr has gone 2-12 as a starter during his rookie campaign. He is completing 59 percent of his passes for 2,898 yards with 18 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. The Raiders play the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.

- Scooby Axson

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