Dallas Cowboys offensive line coach Tony Sparano has agreed to interview for the Falcons vacant head coaching position on Friday according to Todd Archer of the Dallas Morning News. Sparano is also considered a favorite to potentially land one of the other vacant jobs in the NFL for the Miami Dolphins. There, he would rejoin Bill Parcells, who was recently hired to oversee that organization’s football operations. Sparano spent four years as an assistant to Parcells in Dallas.
Sparano has previous head coaching experience, spending five years as head coach at his alma mater, the Division II school of New Haven. Under his guidance, they posted a 41-14-1 record. He also led the team to the Division II National Championship game in 1997, his fourth year with the school. Sparano joined the coaching ranks of the NFL following his tenure at New Haven, first joining the Browns in 1999 as an offensive quality control coach. He moved to coach their offensive line in 2000. He coached the tight ends of the Washington Redskins and Jacksonville Jaguars in 2001 and 2002, respectively before joining the Cowboys in 2003 in the same capacity. He has served various roles on the Cowboys staff, and currently is titled as an assistant head coach, running game coordinator, and offensive line coach. Sparano was in charge of play-calling for the Cowboys in 2006.
The Falcons are also interested in fellow Cowboys assistant Jason Garrett, that team’s offensive coordinator who succeeded Sparano in play-calling this season. But Garrett has yet to agree to an interview.