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Fired Jimmy Raye Says He Was Running Offense Mike Singletary Wanted

Sep 28, 2010 – 10:50 PM
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John Hickey

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Jimmy Raye, fired as offensive coordinator of the 49ers by San Francisco coach Mike Singletary, isn't going to fall on his sword for his former boss.

In a wide-ranging interview with, the 64-year-old Raye, an NFL coach since 1977, said in effect that he was doing just what Singletary wanted him to do offensively.

"I was carrying out the head coach's wishes," Raye told the website's Matt Maiocco. "I was doing what I was brought here to do under his philosophy he wanted installed. I tried as best I could to carry that out with the quarterbacking and the personnel that we had. I didn't come in and say, `This is my offense, and I'm running this, and if you don't like it, you can get somebody else.' I was doing what was given me to do.''

Raye was fired early Monday morning, less than 24 hours after saying Raye was his guy. The coach explained later that afternoon the vote of confidence he went and looked at film of the first three games -- all losses -- and changed his mind.

"After I got back (to the club's training sight in Santa Clara), I went home,'' Singletary said Monday. "Then I said, `You know what, I'm just going to go back and look at the film. So I came back here and basically spent the night looking at film. And just like of looked at the overall view of where we are. And looking at where we need to go, (I) felt that I needed to make the change."

Three games into a still-winless season, the 49ers, behind quarterback Alex Smith, are 20th in the NFL in total offense, 31st in scoring at 12.7 points per game and 31st in third-down efficiency 24 percent.

For the full text of Maiocco's interview with Raye, click here.
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