Offensive Coordinator Search: Day 30
Offensive Coordinator Hit List:
Jimmy Raye II – Interviewed. Has the most experience of the candidates.
Hue Jackson – Interviewed Twice. Leading candidate
Dan Reeves – Interviewed. Considering a consultant job with Cowboys.
Jeff Jagodzinski – Interviewed. Former Boston College head coach.
Scott Linehan – Turned down job offer.
Rick Dennison – Interviewed. Retained on the Broncos coaching staff under new coach.
Rob Chudzinski – Hired by the Chargers to be the tight ends coach/assistant head coach. Was this another snub?
Clyde Christensen – Interviewed.
Head Coach Mike Singletary may be able to motivate and inspire his players, but when it comes to finding a coach to fill an empty spot on the staff he is either extremely thorough, extremely selective or we are seeing a first year head coach showing his inexperience. If it is the latter at least he did not make a knee jerk reaction by hiring the first coordinator he interviewed. All of this could have ended weeks ago if not for the Scot Linehan snub. And last week legendary coach Dan Reeves was interviewed and had a perfect opportunity to come back to the NFL coaching ranks. Instead Reeves will most likely take a consulting position with the Cowboys. If Reeves reenters coaching in the next two years I am going to be so pissed. I was excited to hear Reeves was interviewed only to have the excitement last a couple days before hearing he will take a job with the Cowboys.
Hue Jackson, who is currently the Ravens QB coach, will be interviewed for a second time today. The only other person to interview twice was offered the job. One would think the Jackson will most likely be offered the job, right? Maybe. Singletary will also interview Jimmy Raye II today showing his extremely selective side. I had never heard of Raye before but he does have 29 years of experience in the NFL and is currently the Jets running backs coach:
Offensive Coordinator Experience:
Los Angeles Rams (twice – 1983-84, 1991)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1985-86)
New England Patriots (1990)
Kansas City Chiefs (1998-2000)
Washington Redskins (2001)
Singletary is doing his best impression of Raiders owner Al Davis who is still looking for a head coach. I would not be surprised if the Raiders hire a coach before the Niners do. With Raye’s 29 years of NFL experience he might be the best fit because he falls into the old-school coaching mentality of run, run, run which is what Singletary is looking for in a candidate. I don’t think Singletary has found a candidate who wants to run the ball 70% of the time during the game. So, Raye might be his best option as Jackson is a QB coach. But the 49ers cannot settle on the best option available and I think Singletary recognizes that which shows his extreme thoroughness. Someone needs to be hired soon. The longer a new system is able to be implemented the easier the transition of learning a whole new offense.
Speaking of the Raiders, the NFL said teams should look at the possibility of building new stadiums for two teams because of the economy. For the 49ers that means building a new stadium will include the Raiders in future plans. The current and best plan the Joke Family has come with is to build a stadium in Santa Clara, CA near the Great American Theme Park. The site is not ideal because the stadium is about 45 miles away from San Francisco and is only favored by the Joke Family. A partnership with the Raiders might be a good idea because it means the likely hood of a new stadium being built to have better chances because it cuts down the costs for the 49ers and the citizens of Santa Clara. However I don’t know about entering a deal with Al Davis and the Raiders. Surely something bad will come out of this and it will not be a smooth transition if it moves forward. If the current state of the Raiders is Davis’ vision of “Commitment to Excellence” I envision a lot of non-commitments or backing out of commitments by Davis if the plans to share a stadium move forward.