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49ers fire offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye

Posted on: September 27, 2010 11:11 am
Edited on: September 27, 2010 5:42 pm
Posted by Andy Benoit
J. Raye (US Presswire)
The 49ers announced that they have fired offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye. This comes just one day after Mike Singletary publicly backed the maligned playcaller. (In fairness to Singletary, his support of Raye was issued during a postgame news conferenc. So what else was he going to say? Can you imagine the backlash if Singletary had fired Raye right there on the spot?)

The 0-3 Niners have been awful offensively in both of their road losses. They scored just six points at Seattle, which was almost as many timeouts as they burned due to slow play-calling. Sunday, the Niners managed only 10 points, seven of them coming in garbage time.

Second-year quarterback coach Mike  Johnson will take over from Raye. Johnson had been serving as the middle man in play-calling (literally...Raye would make the call and Johnson would relay it to Alex Smith).

UPDATE (5:40 p.m.):
Here was the transcript from part of today's Singletary news conference.

On changing his mind about Jimmy Raye:

“Well after I got back here I went home, and I said you know what, I’m just going to go back and look at the film. So, I came back here and basically spent the night here looking at film. And just kind of looked at the overall view of where we are, and looking at where we need to go, and felt that I needed to make the change. And so that’s really all it was.”

On whether he was prompted by Front Office staff to make the move:

“No. One thing I want you to understand is if I make a decision, it’s my decision. The thing that I have control over is the 53 man staff, the 53 man roster and the staff, who is on my coaching staff. That is my decision.”

On what he saw in the film:

“That I need to make a change.”

On what he saw specifically that prompted the change:

“Not going there. Just needed to make a change.”

On whether he sought advice on the move or whether he did it by himself:

“Just me sitting here by myself."

On his primary reasons for making the coaching change:

“Well I just felt that for the overall scheme of things, where we are, I just felt that right now that Mike Johnson would do a good job.”

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Since: Mar 23, 2009
Posted on: September 27, 2010 4:16 pm

49ers fire offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye

Technically Davis is on the practice squad, but I think only because no one picked him up when he was cut and he was put there in case of emergency since he knows a little about the Niners' offense. Instead of keeping him as the 3rd QB, they picked up Troy Smith(?) instead. I doubt Davis has any chance of being promoted to the 53-man roster until the Niners give up on Smith. One problem with putting him on the practice squad is that according to NFL rules I believe any team that runs into QB injuries can pick him up off that squad. Then he is lost to Niners for good.

Since: Dec 9, 2006
Posted on: September 27, 2010 1:04 pm

49ers fire offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye

Yo Raider<
Excellent commentary and explanation, however, is he gone or did they keep him on the practice squad?

Since: Sep 16, 2009
Posted on: September 27, 2010 12:56 pm

49ers fire offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye

Singletary is next.  He's a clown. 

Since: Mar 23, 2009
Posted on: September 27, 2010 12:43 pm

49ers fire offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye

cdawg, I believe there a 3 reasons the Niners let Nate Davis go. First, Singletary didn't think he put in enough off-season work at learning the playbook considering his learning disability. However, I haven't heard anything about Singletary or anyone on the Niners pushing him to spend more time at the practice facility in the off-season where they could help him. Second, Davis plays a lot on pure instinct and natural ability. Singletary prefers players who follow the "cookbook" exactly, regardless of whether it's working or not. And I believe the third reason is the most important of all. For some reason, the Niners are desperate for Alex Smith to succeed and they believe he can. Apparently he looks really good in practice when there is no pressure, but he looks completely flustered in the heat of battle. To make things as comfortable as possible for Smith, they had to let Davis go so Smith wouldn't be looking over his shoulder waiting for Davis to put on his helmet. The Niners knew that with every interception or bad pass to a wide open receiver by Smith, the fans would call louder and louder for Davis. They knew the fans would give Smith more of a chance with Davis gone. The fans were less likely to clamour for David Carr, but unless Smith starts playing a lot better, that's exactly what's going to happen - and probably really soon.

As far as Raye as coordinator goes, the best description of the offense is unimaginarive. However, I'm not sure if that's totally on Raye or more on how Singletary wants things run. Singletary likes power football, even when he doesn't have the horses to play it. They have Gore and Westbrook but usually they can't even get back to the line of scrimmage with the "studs" the Niners have blocking for them. The RBs are great if they can find a slight hole at the line to slip through, but that seldom happens. The Niners always seem to end up with 3rd and 8 (or worse). At that point all they can seem to do is complete a 2-3 yard pass and expect the receiver to pick up the rest on his own (which very seldom actually happens). The Niners have some really good players and a good defense, but they won't ever contend for first place in a weak division running the offense they have run so far.

Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: September 27, 2010 12:38 pm

49ers fire offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye

How are we supposed to get our quota of swing passes with Jimmy Raye fired?!?!  What will we do without the overuse of such a dangerous weapon? 

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: September 27, 2010 12:28 pm

49ers fire offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye

I'm a Bears fan, so I have a soft spot for Singletary. That said, he's insane and probably needs to go. Would anyone be surprised if he coached a game without any pants on (but with an enormous wooden cross on)? He took his pants off to motivate the team, right? What's the next step up, because it stopped working a few months ago.

Since: Dec 24, 2007
Posted on: September 27, 2010 12:03 pm

49ers fire offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye

A necessary move at the right time. The 49ers have a boatload of offensive weapons that have been ewasted. I'm probably one of the few who still believe that Alex Smith can be a serviceable NFL quarterback. Frank Gore is quality. Good, young offensive line and receivers. The defense can be stout when given a fighting chance, but the offense continually puts them in horrible positions. Hope this stops the bleeding. They have the personnel. Maybe Mike Johnson can make a difference. 

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