Reports: Sparano out, Del Rio in

The Raiders appear to be closing in on making their head coach hiring, with Jack Del Rio appearing to be the winner of the position, according to multiple sources.

The former Denver Broncos defensive coordinator interviewed for a second time with the Raiders on Tuesday, and appears to have impressed Mark Davis and the Raiders front office.

Interim head coach Tony Sparano was also interviewed for a second time after leading the Silver & Black to a 3-9 record after taking over head coaching duties when Dennis Allen was fired after week four.

Del Rio, who grew up in Hayward, was a head coach for the Jacksonville Jaguars from 2003 to 2011, tallying a 68-71 record with two playoff appearances.

In a fitting twist, Del Rio replaced Allen as the Broncos defensive coordinator when he departed to become the head coach of the Raiders. This season, Del Rio led the Broncos defense to the third-best total defense in the league.

Should the reports be accurate, it is still unknown when the Raiders will announce their new head coach. It also remains to be seen who Del Rio will bring in as his staff.

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