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Schiano hires Raye, another veteran assistant

Posted on: February 15, 2012 10:07 am

By Josh Katzowitz

For those who worried that new Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano would have a tough time transitioning to the pro game after spending the past decade coaching Rutgers, he has continued surrounding himself with veterans to help ease him into his new job.

A couple days after the team officially hired former Browns head coach Butch Davis as an advisor to Schiano, Tampa Bay announced that it has hired Jimmy Raye as a senior offensive assistant.

"With over 30 years of NFL experience, coach Raye has attained a wealth of knowledge that will be an invaluable resource to our coaches and players," Schiano said in a statement released by the team.

Raye has coached for 40 seasons, including 34 in the NFL, and he was the Buccaneers offensive coordinator from 1985-86.  He’s also served as the offensive coordinator for the Rams, Patriots, Chiefs, Redskins, Raiders and 49ers.

So, yeah, the guy has experience putting together NFL offenses (though he won’t be the offensive coordinator for Schiano -- that job has already gone to Mike Sullivan).

But you might recall the last we heard from Raye was when he was the 49ers offensive coordinator in the final season of Mike Singletary’s reign as coach in 2010. The day after Singletary gave Raye a public vote of confidence just three games into the season, Singletary fired him.

So, like Davis (fired from his last two jobs), Raye probably can provide Schiano with guidance, but you have to begin to wonder if Schiano requires that his assistants had to have been fired within the past two years before he'll consider them for a job.

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Since: Feb 15, 2012
Posted on: February 15, 2012 11:55 am
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Since: Dec 4, 2011
Posted on: February 15, 2012 11:06 am

Schiano hires Raye, another veteran assistant

Tampa Bay seems to be moving fast and aggressively in their rebuilding process. It will be interesting to see where this is all going and if that strategy will pay off. Let's see.

Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: February 15, 2012 10:40 am

Schiano hires Raye, another veteran assistant

I realize Schiano is hiring guy with a lot of NFL pedigree, but somehow I still think he will be in over his head in this.......good luck.

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