Raye, 56, originally joined the Jets' coaching staff on February 19, 2002 as
a senior offensive assistant, after spending the 2001 season as the
offensive coordinator of the Washington Redskins. Prior to joining the
Redskins, Raye worked for the Kansas City Chiefs (1992-2000) in a variety of
roles, beginning as an offensive assistant/tight ends coach (1992-93),
running backs coach (1994-1997) and offensive coordinator (1998-2000).
While with the Chiefs, Raye worked closely with Edwards, Jets general
manager Terry Bradway and Jets offensive coordinator Paul Hackett. Raye was
an integral part of the Chiefs' run which saw the team qualify for the
playoffs six times in nine seasons and capture AFC West championships in
1995 and 1997.
Raye, was a standout quarterback for the Michigan State Spartans (1965-67)
and led the Spartans to two Big Ten titles and the 1966 Rose Bowl. He
switched to the defensive backfield at the professional level for the
Philadelphia Eagles in 1969, where he was a teammate of current Jets
defensive backs coach Bill Bradley.
The Fayetteville, NC native began his coaching career in 1971 at his alma
mater, Michigan State, where he stayed for five years (1971-75). He served
a brief stint at Wyoming in 1976 before moving to the NFL ranks, beginning
with San Francisco (1977), Detroit (1977-79), Atlanta (1980-82, 1987-89),
the Los Angeles Rams (1983-84, 1991), Tampa Bay (1985-86) and New England
Raye has served as an offensive coordinator on six separate occasions in the
NFL, with the Rams (on two separate occasions-1983-84, 1991), Tampa Bay
(1985-86), New England (1990), Kansas City (1998-2000) and most recently,
with Washington (2001).
Raye and his wife, Edwena, are the parents of two children, daughter Robin
and son, Jimmy III, who currently serves as the San Diego Chargers' director
of college scouting.
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