The San Francisco 49ers hired away another Oakland Raiders coach as Tony Sparano will now serve as the team’s tight-ends coach according to ESPNs Adam Schefter. A position made available as the Niners fired Eric Mangini, Sparano will now take over those duties.
Mangini, who is still a candidate for the 49ers defensive coordinator position, still has a shot at returning to the team in 2015.
Sparano, was named the Raiders interim head coach for the remaining 12 games after Dennis Allen was abruptly fired, leading his squad to a 3-13 finish including a hard-fought win over the 49ers. Not to mention, Sparano was the head coach of the Miami Dolphins from 2008-2011 while compiling a 29-32 record, it’s no wonder the 49ers hired him, as his head coaching experience will be invaluable to Jim Tomsula.
49ers GM Trent Baalke who worked under Bill Parcells while with the New York Jets, continues to be an influence, as Sparano worked under Parcells while with the Dallas Cowboys.
In four seasons as an NFL tight-ends coach, Sparano has worked with the Washington Redskins (2001), Jacksonville Jaguars (2002), and Dallas Cowboys (2003-2004).