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T-post Tom
01-29-2009, 11:00 PM
49ers' new offensive coordinator draws raves from former players
By Daniel Brown
Medianews staff
Posted: 01/29/2009 08:50:48 PM PST

There was no formal announcement and a news conference has yet to be scheduled.

A few of Jimmy Raye's former stars, however, saw no need to stay silent.

Jackie Slater, the Hall of Fame offensive lineman, and Tony Richardson, a four-time Pro Bowl fullback, practically leaped through the telephone to praise the 49ers' reported choice for offensive coordinator.

"I think Jimmy Raye is one of the brightest minds in all of pro football,'' Slater said. "And I think he's been underutilized."

Richardson said: "Jimmy Raye is obviously a special individual for me. I think he'll do a great job. He's a great motivator and a very, very intelligent guy."

The glowing reports countered some of the head scratching prompted by the 49ers' selection. In a dozen previous seasons as an offensive coordinator, Raye's teams have finished in the top 10 for total yards just once the 2000 Kansas City Chiefs.

During Raye's most recent stint as a coordinator, for the Raiders in 2004-05, he didn't even call the plays; that duty belonged to head coach Norv Turner. It was Raye's job to give input to the running game, and the Raiders ranked 32nd and 29th, respectively, in rushing during those seasons.

In all, Raye has been a coordinator for six different teams. One NFL source who worked with Raye at one of those stops questioned Raye's ability to communicate with players.

Slater's recollection is exactly the opposite. The seven-time Pro Bowl selection, who played for the Rams from 1976-95, said he remembered that Raye was "comprehensive" in his preparation each week.

"Then, on game days, we would hear the echoes and the accuracy of what he had said," Slater said. "If we did have some flaws, and the defense found it, (Raye) always had some counter-adjustment that would work."

Raye was the Rams' coordinator in 1983-84 and '91 and showed an uncanny knack for attacking a defense's weakness. Eric Dickerson rushed for 1,808 yards during Raye's first season and an NFL-record 2,105 yards the next season.

Slater, who helped pave the way for those yards, said the Rams had some running plays that they would run "come hell or high water" because the team was so comfortable and so confident in its blocking schemes. It didn't matter whether the defense knew what was coming.

Slater added that Dickerson's big season revealed another Raye trait: He maximized the talents of his best players.

"That's how good offensive minds work: They figure out how to use these weapons," Slater said. "That tight end that the 49ers have who was drafted really high (Vernon Davis), he's going to be a great player not just an average one in Jimmy Raye's offense."

Richardson had similar praise. He also has more recent experience. Raye, 62, was Richardson's running backs coach with the New York Jets last season. Together, they helped running back Thomas Jones lead the AFC with 1,312 yards.

"He's not a rah-rah, jump-on-the-table kind of guy," Richardson said. "But he gets guys ready to play. With what he does during the week, he takes the guesswork out of everything."

01-29-2009, 11:06 PM
Everyone was turning down Singletary for this position. This was the eighth guy interviewed. As the SF Chronicle says, " 49ers settle on Raye ".

The sports talk in SF, KNBR, is going nuts. People are calling in and airing out their total disbelief in this choice. I can not say as I blame them.

Mr. Flopnuts
01-29-2009, 11:10 PM
Ho. Lee. Shit.

01-29-2009, 11:14 PM
Ahhhh yes, Jimmy Ray

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01-29-2009, 11:18 PM
Is this "the" jimmy raye, or the other jimmy raye thats ok?

Mr. Flopnuts
01-29-2009, 11:22 PM
Is this "the" jimmy raye, or the other jimmy raye thats ok?

This is THE motherfuckin Jimmy Raye.

T-post Tom
01-29-2009, 11:23 PM
The Chiefsification continues:

49ers | Manusky signs extension
Thu, 29 Jan 2009 15:44:08 -0800

Matt Maiocco, of The Santa Rosa Press Democrat, reports the San Francisco 49ers have signed defensive coordinator Greg Manusky to a contract extension that will run through the 2010 season. Financial terms were not disclosed.

01-29-2009, 11:24 PM
This is THE mother****in Jimmy Raye.

That's how they should list him in the 49'ers media guide.

Radar Chief
01-30-2009, 08:43 AM
Heh, does he still wear the Erkle glasses?

01-30-2009, 08:57 AM
Nice guy...terrible OC. Look at the stats. How could anyone want him?

Dave Lane
01-30-2009, 09:31 AM
This is total proof that the old boy network in the NFL is completely fucked up. This guy is a moron of epic propotions!

01-30-2009, 09:50 AM