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January 28, 2009
Jimmy Raye is in the building

Just when it looks like the 49ers' OC search is about to burn out, they throw another candidate onto the fire. This time it was former Raiders offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye, who is currently meeting with Mike Singletary and general manager Scot McCloughan.

Raye, 62, has had seven separate stints as an offensive coordinator, including 2004-2005 with the Raiders. One thing that might grab the attention of Singletary, who wants to run the ball in 2009: The Raiders were 32nd in rushing offense in 2004 and 29th in 2005. Raye most recently was the running backs coach for the Jets.

Raye was a standout quarterback for Michigan State in the mid 1960s, leading the Spartans to the Rose Bowl in 1966. He was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams, who moved him to defensive back. His first offense coordinator job came with the Rams in 1983. Raye was on the same Redskins staff as Hue Jackson, another candidate for the 49ers' OC job, in 2001. The Redskins, led by Marty Schottenheimer that season, finished 28th in total offense and 28th in points. Former 49ers OC Jim Hostler, who was with the Chiefs in 2000, has cited Raye as one of his mentors.

Raye's OC experience:
L.A. Rams (twice - 1983-84, 1991)
Tampa Bay (1985-86)
New England (1990)
Kansas City (1998-2000)
Washington (2001)
Raiders (2004-2005)

-- Matt Barrows


Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.


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