Several web sites (SI.com and NFL.com) are reporting Mike Singletary has finally decided on an offensive coordinator. His name: Jimmy Raye II. He interviewed on Wednesday and apparently convinced Singletary to hire him. Raye began his NFL coaching career as an assistant with the Red and Gold in 1977. He is known around the NFL as a coordinator runs a pro-style offense/West Coast offense the looks for a balance between the run and the pass. I had never heard of Raye before he was announced as a candidate for the position. He does however have 29 years of coaching experience in the NFL. During that tenure his most successful seasons was in 1984 with the Rams when Eric Dickerson ran for over 2000 yards. A record that still stands as the most ever for a RB in a single season. He was also with the Chiefs in 2000 when they had the 5th best passing offense in the league. I don’t know I agree with Raye being hired as an offensive coordinator. I don’t have much to defend my opinion but at least he is a seasoned coordinator. If anything his age, 62, and his lack of offers for head coaching positions in the past might suite the 49ers and Singletary. Remember we are hiring our seventh coordinator in seven years and all those years have been losing seasons. Hopefully this means Raye will be with the 49ers for more than one season and can develop a successful offensive system.
Next Item on the Agenda: Signing free-agents and drafting players that will be able to make an impact in the first game of the season. Both sides of the ball need tremendous help so it doesn’t matter what the 49ers go after so long as they sign and draft players that are team oriented and again, can contribute to the team’s success right away.