The 49ers’ future offensive coordinator will have an advantage many of his predecessors did not experience.
Because Mike Singletary is considered a new coach, the 49ers are allowed an extra two “voluntary” minicamps, according to an NFL spokesman.
This is a luxury for the new offensive coordinator. After all, Norv Turner (2006), Jim Hostler (2007) and Mike Martz (2008) did not have the additional minicamps because Mike Nolan remained as head coach for each of those seasons.
The veterans will get a head start, as the 49ers plan to have a minicamp prior to the draft. The veterans under contract are expected to convene in
Generally, each team around the league meets for its mandatory full-squad minicamp the weekend after the draft. With the draft scheduled for April 25-26, the 49ers would likely have their rookies and veterans on the field together for the first time in early-May.
Then, the 49ers will have another camp at a later date. The club will also have its organized team activities, which generally takes up most of June.
So while Singletary’s search for an offensive coordinator has moved past the one-month mark, the club will have plenty of time in the offseason to adapt to the new guy’s system.
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The latest name to surface for the 49ers’ vacant coordinator position is long-time assistant coach Jimmy Raye. Raye served as Jets running backs coach since 2006. He is not expected to be retained on new coach Rex Ryan’s staff.
A long, long, long, long time ago, Raye was an assistant coach with the 49ers. Raye coached receivers for the 49ers under Ken Meyer during the 49ers’ 5-9 season of 1977. In his NFL career, Raye has also coached for the Rams (three times), Eagles, Lions, Falcons (twice), Buccaneers, Patriots, Chiefs, Redskins, Raiders and Jets (twice).
He has been a coordinator for five brief stints with the Patriots (1990), L.A. Rams (1991), Chiefs (1998-2000), Redskins (2001) and Raiders (2004-05).
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