The Oakland Raiders have apparently decided on Tony Sparano to replace Dennis Allen on an interim basis for the remainder of the season.
The Raiders are planning a 2 pm presser to name Tony Sparano interim coach, according to multiple team sources.
— Jim Trotter (@JimTrotter_NFL) September 30, 2014
Sparano, a veteran of NFL sidelines, was last a head coach for the Miami Dolphins in 2011. He had some success with the Dolphins, leading them to an 11-5 record and postseason berth in 2008. But his success was short lived in South Beach, finishing with a losing record in his final three seasons with the club and being fired midseason in 2011.
Sparano was brought in as the team’s assistant head coach in 2013 and figures to be auditioning for the full-time gig for the final 12 games of the regular season.
With that said, this has all the looks of a short-term fix for the Raiders, who are likely going to be going after a big-name head coach once the season draws to a conclusion.
Sparano was selected over offensive coordinator Greg Olson, who has drawn a ton of local criticism for his less-than-innovative playbook over the past couple seasons.