well with Samurai having fired martz( who's doing great here) and now his "chosen" OC fired by the owner.. his "hold" on the team just took a real bad hit
It was the boldest stroke of the Jed York regime, a sign that the young team prez isn't going to shy away from taking big swings.
And if the situation continues to go downhill, guess who will be on the receiving end of York's next big swing. No way York was going to fire coach Mike Singletary at this point. York and his mom and dad and his 49ers' front-office cohorts have bought completely into the Singletary mystique. They are dazzled by the man, by his strong faith and his principles and his stature as an NFL legend.
But York looked very concerned when he marched into the Arrowhead Stadium press box at halftime Sunday and huddled with his staff.
The game could not have ended uglier, with the favored (by 3) 49ers embarrassed by the superior offensive creativity of the Chiefs, with Singletary demanding a last-minute touchdown try that ended with an injured receiver and with quarterback Alex Smith gesticulating angrily on the sideline.
York came to the obvious conclusion that something had to be done. Week 1 was a disaster, week 2 was a slightly encouraging loss and w\week 3 was back to Square One.
So the firing of Raye seems appropriate. His offense hasn't exactly lit up the sky.
Raye's doom was probably sealed when Yahoo.com detailed after Game 1 that Raye had trouble deciding on plays in a timely manner, and didn't always use the proper terminology when radio-ing those plays to the sideline.
It painted a picture of a bumbler. Worse, as a coordinator whose offense was un-coordinated.
But forgetting about those logistics, Raye, in trotting out his run-first, vanilla-ish offense, was simply carrying out the mandate of Singletary.
Raye was hired as an antidote to mad bomber Mike Martz. Raye was hired to run the football. There was a very short list of candidates for the job who would be willing to carry out Singletary's offensive vision.
In a league where offenses are dominated by great quarterbacks with dynamic passing games, Singletary clings to the belief that games are won on the ground. Last season and this, Singletary and Raye have taken pains to stress that running back Frank Gore is the team's "bell cow."
Most NFL teams would have been reluctant to go into this season with a quarterback as questionable as Alex Smith. Most teams would have at least tried to obtain a quarterback to challenge Smith for the starting job.
Not Singletary. He believes in the run. His QB is the bell-cow's caddie.
Sunday the Chiefs, who also lack a superstar quarterback, featured a two-running-back attack, which proved way too challenging for the 49ers.
The Raye firing is the first indication that Jed York's faith in Singletary isn't blind.