Raiders hire Tony Sparano as assistant head coach

The Oakland Raiders announced that they hired former head coach and offensive coordinator Tony Sparano as their new assistant head coach/offensive line coach on Wednesday.

Sparano was the New York Jets' offensive coordinator last season but was fired after just one season. Under him, quarterback Mark Sanchez struggled and was benched in favor of Greg McElroy in Week 16. Sparano also had difficulty in determining a role for Tim Tebow, who was unable to make an impact after being acquired in a trade from the Broncos last offseason.

Before joining the Jets, Sparano was head coach of the Miami Dolphins from 2008-11, posting a 29-33 record.