The 49ers have hired longtime NFL assistant Jimmy Raye as offensive coordinator, the NFL Network’s Adam Schefter reported, citing league sources.
The 49ers are saying nothing until they have Raye’s signature on the deal. Raye, apparently, has yet to put pen to paper. But there is no reason to question the veracity of the report.
Raye today became the eighth individual to interview for the offensive-coordinator position. On Wednesday, the 49ers interviewed Ravens QBs coach Hue Jackson for the second time. The others interviewed were Scott Linehan (who turned down the job on Jan. 18), Dan Reeves, Rob Chudzinski, Clyde Christensen, Rick Dennison and Jeff Jagodzinski.
Raye, 62, was Jets running backs coach the past three seasons. He was not going to be retained on new coach Rex Ryan’s staff. He has plenty of experience as an offensive coordinator, working in that capacity with the Raiders (2004-05),
In eight seasons as an NFL offensive coordinator, Raye’s teams never once made the playoffs. In fact, only once did one of those teams finish with a better-than-.500 record (Chiefs, 1999, 9-7 record). (There are some major errors in Raye’s bio with the Jets, so I’m re-checking all this information.)
Raye was the 49ers’ wide receivers coach – before Bill Walsh – in 1977, under coach Ken Meyer. During his career, he has coached for the Rams (three times), the Jets and
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UPDATE: Jim Trotter of Sports Illustrated is reporting the 49ers have hired Mike Johnson as quarterbacks coach. Johnson did not coach in the league last season. He was the Ravens’ receivers coach in 2007. When new coach John Harbaugh came in, he did not retain Johnson. Instead, Harbaugh hired former 49ers offensive coordinator Jim Hoster.
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