Raiders bring in Tony Sparano as assistant head coach, O-line coach 

click to enlarge Tony Sparano, center, interviewed with other NFL teams before deciding to join the Oakland Raiders. - GETTY IMAGES FILE PHOTO
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  • Tony Sparano, center, interviewed with other NFL teams before deciding to join the Oakland Raiders.

Tony Sparano is headed to the Raiders as their assistant head coach and offensive line coach,  the club announced Wednesday.

Before landing the Raiders’ job, Sparano interviewed with several other teams, including the Kansas City Chiefs, for coaching vacancies after one year with the New York Jets. Sparano was fired by the Jets after the 2012 season in which the team’s offense ranked No. 30 in the NFL.

Prior to his short stint with the Jets, Sparano was the Miami Dolphins’ coach. In four years, the Dolphins went 29-32.  Sparano will join new Raiders offensive coordinator Greg Olson, who is planning to install a power running game.

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