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.
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.
- Sarah Barshop