Former New York Jets Assistant Tony Sparano Goes to NFL Raiders

Former New York Jets offensive coordinator Tony Sparano is joining the National Football League’s Oakland Raiders as offensive line coach.

Sparano, 51, also will serve as assistant head coach under Dennis Allen, the Raiders said yesterday in an e-mailed release.

Sparano was fired after one season as the Jets’ offensive coordinator. The team finished 6-10 and gained 299.2 yards per game, third fewest in the 32-team league. The Jets averaged 17.6 points per game, their fewest since 2007.

The Raiders were 4-12 last season and haven’t had a winning season since making the Super Bowl after the 2002 season. They averaged 344 yards and 18.1 points per game under offensive coordinator Greg Knapp, who was replaced this month by Greg Olson.

Prior to joining the Jets, Sparano was head coach of the Miami Dolphins, where he was 29-33 in three-plus seasons from 2008 to 2011.

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