The Raiders hired Tony Sparano as an assistant head coach/offensive line coach Wednesday.

Sparano replaces Frank Pollack, who was fired by the Raiders after one season. He spent the 2012 season as the New York Jets offensive coordinator before being fired soon after the season ended.

Sparano will be tasked with converting the Raiders offensive line from the zone-blocking scheme to a power-blocking scheme.

He got his first NFL head coaching job in 1999 and spent the 2008-11 seasons as the Miami Dolphins head coach, posting a 29-32 record.


Tony Sparano, shown in this Sept. 25, 2011, file photo when he was the Miami Dolphins head coach, has been hired by the Oakland Raiders, according to
Tony Sparano, shown in this Sept. 25, 2011, file photo when he was the Miami Dolphins head coach, has been hired by the Oakland Raiders, according to reports. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta, File)


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