The Oakland Raiders announced Friday afternoon they had re-signed offensive line coach Tony Sparano to a two-year contract.
According to CSNBayArea.com, Sparano had balked at the idea of returning on just a one-year deal, something owner Mark Davis had wanted to do for 2014. However, an exception was apparently made for Sparano, a former NFL head coach who joined the Raiders’ staff this season. He also holds the title of assistant head coach.
Sparano coached the Miami Dolphins from 2008-11, going 29-32 in parts of four seasons. He was fired after Miami got off to a 4-9 start in 2011. After going 11-5 in his first season and winning the AFC East title, the Dolphins didn’t have another winning season under Sparano, who was also 41-14-1 in five seasons as head coach at Division II New Haven from 1994-98, taking New Haven to the Division II championship game in 1997.
Prior to coming to the Raiders, Sparano was the offensive coordinator with the New York Jets in 2012, but was fired after just one season. He has also been an assistant at the NFL level with Cleveland, Washington, Jacksonville and Dallas.