Raye to serve as offensive coordinator

Originally Published: January 28, 2004
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

In the first major staffing move of the Norv Turner Era, the Oakland Raiders have hired veteran NFL aide Jimmy Raye as assistant head coach and offensive coordinator, ESPN has learned.

Raye was in the Bay Area on Wednesday to sign a contract, one that is expected to make him one of the NFL's highest paid offensive coordinators, before returning home. He essentially replaces Marc Trestman, the club's offensive coordinator the past two years, who earlier this week was named the Miami Dolphins new quarterbacks coach.

It is still not yet known how many of the assistants that were still under contract to the Raiders, aides who served on the staff of former coach Bill Callahan, will be retained.

Turner and Raye have been longtime friends and the coupling, strongly endorsed by Oakland owner Al Davis, should be an excellent one. In fact, when he was still offensive coordinator at Miami a week ago, Turner wanted to bring Raye there for the quarterback coaching post. The New York Jets, for whom Raye has worked the past two seasons as senior offensive assistant, would not grant the Dolphins' request for an interview.

A proponent of a strong, inside running game, combined with a vertical passing attack, Raye figures to fit in nicely with the offensive mindset of Turner and Davis.

Oakland will be the 10th different franchise for which Raye has worked and this will mark his fourth stint as an offensive coordinator. Raye, 57, has long been regarded as one of the league's best offensive mentors and he has interviewed in the past for several NFL head coach positions.

In the past, he was worked for San Francisco (1977), Detroit (1978-79), Atlanta (1980-82, 1987-89), the Los Angeles Rams (1983-84, 1991), Tampa Bay (1985-86), New England (1990), Kansas City (1992-2000), Washington (2001) and the Jets (2002-03).

ESPN's Chris Mortensen contributed to this report.