The Raiders hired Tony Sparano as assistant head coach/offensive line coach Wednesday.
Sparano was fired by the Jets after one season as offensive coordinator, and this is the second step back for the former Dolphins head coach.
New York's offense was ranked 30th last season. The Jets hired him to figure out a way to install some wildcat elements after the acquisition of Tim Tebow, but Sparano used him sparingly.
Sparano, 51, will be a good, experienced influence on second-year head coach Dennis Allen. Sparano was 29-32 as head coach at Miami from 2008 through '11.
Before he was hired in Miami, Sparano was the offensive line coach and running game coordinator for the Cowboys from 2005 through '07.
He has experience with the power-running scheme, to which the Raiders are returning after the firing of offensive coordinator Greg Knapp and the hiring of Greg Olson.
Sparano is always seen wearing sunglasses because his eyes were splashed with hot grease when he was working in a Connecticut restaurant as a teenager. He tears up easily when exposed to bright light.
The assistant head coach/offensive line coach role has worked well for the Seahawks the past two years - with former Raiders head coach Tom Cable filling the role.
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Tony Sparano is Raiders' assistant head coach
San Francisco Chronicle | Jan 24