Tony Sparano leaves the AFC East

January, 23, 2013
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For the past five years, Tony Sparano has been a staple in the AFC East. He spent four seasons as the head coach of the Miami Dolphins and one as offensive coordinator of the New York Jets.

However, Sparano was fired by the Dolphins and Jets in back-to-back years. Now, he’s taking his talents to the AFC West.

Sparano was hired Wednesday to be the next offensive line coach of the Oakland Raiders, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. This is a position where Sparano flourished before becoming head coach in Miami.

Sparano failed as a head coach and offensive coordinator. But he is a likeable person who is well-respected in NFL circles. Sparano should do well in Oakland as a position coach, which is more in his comfort zone.

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ESPN Miami Dolphins reporter

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