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The Raiders announced on Tuesday the promotion of offensive line coach Tony Sparano to interim head coach.
Sparano will take over for Dennis Allen, who was fired on Monday evening.
“After thorough evaluation, we have determined to move in another direction,” said McKenzie. “We appreciate Dennis Allen’s dedication to the organization and wish him and his family nothing but the best in the future.”
As CSN Bay Area originally reported after a Week 2 loss to Houston, Sparano would take over if Allen got fired during the season.
There was some recent discussion about senior offensive consultant Al Saunders taking over, at owner Mark Davis’ suggestion, but general manager Reggie McKenzie made the final decision and stuck with the original plan.
“Tony Sparano has a strong presence in this organization,” McKenzie said in a statement. “His experience and leadership qualities will serve the team well in helping reach the goal of everyone here, which is to win football games.”
This is not Sparano’s first time running a football team.
Sparano was 29-32 as Miami Dolphins head coach from 2008-11. He led Miami to the playoffs in his first season with an 11-5 record. He was fired after the 2011 season and was New York Jets offensive coordinator in 2012 before joining the Raiders. In addition to his duties on offensive line, he was the team’s assistant head coach under Allen.
Sparano takes over an 0-4 team with tough sledding ahead. The Raiders face six 2013 playoff teams in eight games after a Week 5 bye.
Stay tuned to CSNBayArea.com for updates from the press conference
Years -- College/Pro Team -- Position Coached
1984-87 -- New Haven -- Offensive Line
1988 -- Boston University -- Offensive Line
1989-93 -- Boston University -- Offensive Coordinator
1994-98 -- New Haven -- Head Coach
1999 -- Cleveland Browns -- Offensive Quality Control
2000 -- Cleveland Browns -- Offensive Line
2001 -- Washington Redskins -- Tight Ends
2002 -- Jacksonville Jaguars -- Tight Ends
2003-04 -- Dallas Cowboys -- Tight Ends
2005 -- Dallas Cowboys -- Offensive Line/Run Game Coordinator
2006-07 -- Dallas Cowboys -- Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Line
2008-11 -- Miami Dolphins -- Head Coach
2012 -- New York Jets -- Offensive Coordinator
2013-14 -- Oakland Raiders -- Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Line
2014 -- Oakland Raiders Interim Head Coach