Oakland Raiders name Tony Sparano interim head coach

Oakland Raiders name Tony Sparano interim coach
Tuesday September 30th, 2014

The Oakland Raiders announced Tuesday that Tony Sparano will take over as the team's interim head coach.

On Monday, the Raiders fired head coach Dennis Allen after an 0-4 start to the season. In just over two seasons with Oakland, Allen had an 8-28 record.

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Sparano was in his second year as the Raiders' assistant head coach and offensive line coach. The 52-year-old has been coaching in the NFL since 1999 and was the head coach of the Miami Dolphins from 2008-11. He went 29-33 and was fired with three games remaining in the 2011 season.

Sparano's Dolphins tenure included an 11-5 season his first year as head coach in 2008, which came after Miami went 1-15 in 2010. Sparano was named NFL Coach of the Year for the turnaround.

In January, the Raiders re-signed Sparano to a two-year deal.

Sparano has also had stints with the New York Jets, Dallas Cowboys, Jacksonville Jaguars, Washington Redskins and Cleveland Browns in his NFL coaching career.

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