Raiders hire Raye

Jimmy Raye, who has 27 years of NFL coaching experience, has joined Norv Turner's Oakland Raiders coaching staff as Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator.

The 56-year old Raye spent the past two seasons with the New York Jets, adding the title of assistant head coach in 2003 after serving on Herman Edwards' staff as senior offensive assistant in 2002.

"I've known Jimmy Raye for over 20 years and have always had the highest regard for his football expertise, his ability to teach, his ability to communicate," said Turner, who became the 14th head coach in the history of the franchise on Monday. "His wealth of football experience and knowledge are a great addition to the Raider organization."

Raye has served as an NFL offensive coordinator for 10 seasons and on six separate occasions, with the Rams (on two separate occasions-1983-84, 1991), Tampa Bay (1985-86), New England (1990), Kansas City (1998-2000) and with Washington (2001).

"It's exciting to work with Norv, who I have tremendous respect for," said Raye. "I'm also happy to join the Raiders, an organization that I have always held in high regard after having competed against them for so many years."

Raye helped formulate a Jets offense that saw running back Curtis Martin rush for 1,308 yards and wide receiver Santana Moss post career-highs with 74 receptions for 1,105 yards in 2003. Raye's knowledge and experience helped the Jets qualify for the postseason in 2002 when quarterback Chad Pennington led the NFL with a 104.2 passer rating and a 68.9 completion percentage. In addition, Curtis Martin rushed for 1,094 yards and Laveranues Coles caught 89 passes for 1,264 yards in '02 for a Jets squad that was knocked out of postseason competition by the Raiders in an AFC Divisional playoff contest.

In 2001, Raye was the offensive coordinator for Washington when the Redskins finished fourth in the NFC in rushing and eighth overall in the NFL. That year, the Redskins were sixth in the NFL in fewest interceptions with 13.

Prior to joining the Redskins, Raye spent nine seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs, including the last three as offensive coordinator. Raye started with the Chiefs as offensive assistant/tight ends coach from 1992-93, and then coached Kansas City's running backs from 1994-1997 before taking over coordinator duties.

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. Under Raye, the Chiefs gained more than 5,600 yards in 2000, the second most in team history, and scored 390 points in 1999, the third highest total in team history.

While serving as running backs coach, Raye tutored a unit that led the NFL in rushing in 1995 with a 138.9-yard average per game. From 1995-97 the Chiefs under Raye had the third-best rushing attack in the NFL averaging 136 yards per contest.

With Raye handling the play-calling, the Rams ranked second in the NFL in rushing in 1984 as Eric Dickerson-the Pro Football Hall of Famer who played for the Raiders in 1992-became the second NFL player to ever rush for more than 2,000 yards in a single season (2,105).

In his two seasons with Tampa Bay, Raye coached James Wilder, who became one of the NFL's top all-purpose weapons, combining for 96 receptions and 2,004 rushing yards from 1985-86.

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 was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams and switched to defensive back in the NFL, playing for the Rams before being traded to the Philadelphia Eagles in 1969.

The Fayetteville, North Carolina 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 L.A. Rams (1983-84, 1991), Tampa Bay (1985-86) and New England (1990).

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