Senior Buccaneers offensive assistant Jimmy Raye, a veteran NFL coach and former play-caller, has been absent during the offseason and training camp. Find out why Raye has taken a leave of absence from the team in this PewterReport.com article.
With all the excitement surrounding the acquisition of new players like cornerback Darelle Revis and free safey Dashon Goldson this offseason and the high hopes for the 2013 season that the Buccaneers organization has, sometimes things get lost in the shuffle.
Since the first offseason workout this past spring, offensive advisor Jimmy Raye, the floppy hat-wearing, elder statesmen of the Buccaneers coaching staff, has been missing.
PewterReport.com recently learned that Raye, who was hired by head coach Greg Schiano in February of 2012, is on medical leave after having offseason back surgery, and his future with the team is unclear.
"With over 30 years of NFL experience, Coach Raye has attained a wealth of knowledge that will be an invaluable resource to our coaches and players," Schiano said in a statement after the hire in 2012.
Raye’s duties were thought to be similar to those of defensive advisor Butch Davis, in helping bridge the gap between the college and pro game for Schiano and his staff after the former Rutgers coach was hired in January of 2012.
Raye certainly had the credentials, with over 40 years of college and professional coaching experience, including serving two seasons as Tampa Bay’s offensive coordinator under Leeman Bennett back in 1985-86.
Raye’s coaching career has spanned five decades and includes stops as offensive coordinator for the Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams (1983-84, 91), New England Patriots (1990), Kansas City Chiefs (1998-2000), Washington Redskins (2001), Oakland Raiders (2004-05) and San Francisco 49ers (2009-10). He was also a senior offensive assistant with the New York Jets from 2002-03.
Raye was instrumental in tutoring some of the NFL’s biggest names throughout the years. While with the Rams, Raye orchestrated a rushing attack that resulted in running back Eric Dickerson’s NFL-record 2,105 rushing yards in 1984. In 2009, 49ers rusher Frank Gore had one of his best seasons, rushing for 1,120 yards and 10 touchdowns on 229 carries (4.9 avg.), while adding three touchdowns and 406 yards on 52 receptions in just 14 games played.
From 2006-08, Raye served as running back Thomas Jones’ position coach with the Jets. Under Raye’s guidance, Jones produced back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons (2007-08) and, in his ninth season, earned his first Pro Bowl berth after rushing for 1,312 yards and 15 touchdowns. In 2001, Raye also helped the Redskins to the league’s eighth-place finish in rushing (121.8 ypg), led by RB Stephen Davis’ 1,432 yards.
PewterReport.com was unable to reach Raye for comment, but at age 67 and coming off of back surgery, Raye may be on the road to retirement after serving a valuable purpose in Tampa Bay last season, one in which saw the Buccaneers set several offensive records and rank ninth in the NFL.
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