There’s a new sheriff in town when it comes to the 49’ers offense, and that man is 63-year-old Jimmy Raye. He’s the clubs new offensive coordinator, and he’s ready to get the Niners offense turned into a unit that can be good at both running and passing. He said as much at the team’s first mini-camp this past weekend.
“It’s clear what we would like to do,” he said Saturday. “We would like to be a physically tough-minded team. We’d like to have an offense with enough versatility to take care of the contingencies of the defense … I don’t see it as run-oriented or pass-oriented.”
He sees it as both, and that’s the best way to put an offense together. With QB’s Shaun Hill and Alex Smith going at it for the starter job, the club has two good running backs in Frank Gore and rookie Glen Coffee. They also have talent at wide out with Josh Morgan and 10th overall pick Michael Crabtree.
Now it’s going to be up to Raye to get those players ready to go with an offense that needs to get better in 2009. “We would like to determine what our best facet is,” Raye said. “We’d like to have a balance … To play the game, it takes a certain amount of mental and physical toughness. You don’t need to be physical only to run. We want emotionally strong players, mentally and physically.”