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Report: Sparano hired as new Vikings OL coach

The Vikings have reportedly reached an agreement for Tony Sparano to coach the offensive line.

Tony Sparano is the Minnesota Vikings’ new offensive line coach, the Star Tribune reported Wednesday afternoon, replacing Jeff Davidson, who was let go earlier this week.

The Vikings reportedly showed interest in Sparano and New York Giants offensive line coach Pat Flaherty to fill the position, and also expressed interest in former Miami Dolphins interim head coach Dan Campbell. But Sparano, who coached tight ends and offensive line with the Dallas Cowboys when Minnesota head coach Mike Zimmer was there, has reportedly gotten the job.

The Vikings haven’t announced the move yet.

Sparano was most recently the tight ends coach in San Francisco, but the 49ers fired head coach Jim Tomsula, leaving the rest of their coaching staff in limbo.

Sparano has 31 years of coaching experience, including 17 years in the NFL. Before joining the 49ers last year, he was the assistant head coach/offensive line coach for the Oakland Raiders and was named their interim head coach early in the 2014 season.

He has also been the offensive coordinator for the New York Jets in 2012 after spending four seasons as the head coach of the Miami Dolphins.

Prior to that, he was in Dallas, where coached tight ends (2003-04), was offensive line/run-game coordinator (2005) and was the assistant head coach/offensive line (2006-07). He was their primary play-caller in 2006, when the Cowboys finished fifth in total offense (360.8 yards per game) and scored 425 points, the fourth-highest total in the NFL that year.

He also spent time with the Redskins, Jacksonville Jaguars and Cleveland Browns.


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