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Raiders hire Tony Sparano as OL coach

By Josh Katzowitz | NFL Writer

Tony Sparano has had a rough couple of years, getting emasculated by his boss in Miami after the 2010 season before Dolphins owner Stephen Ross fired him near the end of the 2011 season. Then, in 2012, Sparano, the Jets offensive coordinator, watched as his offense completely tanked and he got fired again after the season.

Now, he's got a new job, as the Raiders announced that Sparano has been hired as the team's assistant head coach/offensive line coach. ESPN's Adam Schefter originally reported the move.

It's been a tough fall for Sparano, who took over the Dolphins head coaching job in 2008 and went 11-5. After back-to-back 7-9 seasons, Ross publicly wooed Jim Harbaugh, who was still at Stanford at the time, while leaving Sparano as a lame duck. Miami started 0-7 in 2011, and Sparano had no chance to keep his job.

The Jets hired him last year to figure out a way to install some wildcat elements after the acquisition of Tim Tebow, but Sparano used him sparingly and New York's offense ranked 30th in the league -- and the Jets missed the playoffs again.

Before he was hired in Miami, Sparano was the offensive line coach and running game coordinator for the Cowboys from 2005-07.

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