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Jimmy Raye Fired by 49ers Mostly Because of Alex Smith

The 49ers fired offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye on Monday morning, a day after the team stumbled to 0-3 with a 31-10 blowout loss in Kansas City. San Francisco has to be one of the most disappointing teams in the NFL. Many people thought they would win the NFC West because of the poor competition in the division, and some even felt they had a chance to advance in the postseason. Now with an 0-3 start.

The team’s offense has been a mess for the most part. They were destroyed 31-6 on the road by the Seahawks in their season opener. In week two, they scored 22 points in a close loss to the Saints on Monday Night Football. Sunday’s week three loss to the Chiefs was the tipping point as the offense was held without a touchdown until the final play of the game. They wound up with 10 points, but that was mostly cosmetics; the Chiefs essentially held them to a field goal.

Although I thought the defense would carry this team and the offense would do just enough for them to win eight games and the division, neither unit is playing well. The problems start with the offense’s inability to move the ball. Because they don’t get first downs and move the chains, they start off with poor field position and are forced to go long distances, while putting the defense at a disadvantage.

San Francisco is averaging the second-fewest points per game in the league, they have the second worst turnover ratio at -5, and their inability to sustain a drive is second-worst in the league, as they’re converting only 24% of their third downs. Most of their offensive issues start with quarterback Alex Smith.

Regardless of the system in which he’s played and regardless of the season, Smith has not been a good quarterback. He showed a slight ability to look decent last year when the team put him in the shotgun and opened things up, but he still went just 5-5 and did not beat any good teams. This year, the team was relying on him to take the next step and he hasn’t. He’s thrown five interceptions (second most in the league), and had a few returned for touchdowns.

Smith is not a successful NFL quarterback and he’s the main reason coaches have been fired in San Francisco. Norv Turner and Jimmy Raye have coordinated the 49ers offense with Smith as the QB and neither of them have made a difference. Turner has an exceptional reputation as a passing coach, but he failed with Smith.

Now that they’ve gone through three different offensive coordinators, it’s safe to say the common thread through the problems is Smith, not the play caller. Jimmy Raye is out, and the 49ers’ rat is in. Good luck to Mike Johnson, he’ll need it.


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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PQHP4GSSEKCPUDRPFWMDHWKURU Jesse

    Completely biased article. Jimmy Raye got fired because his offensive system is inflexible, unimaginative, and ridiculously predictable. Alex Smith can and will shine in the NFL, and many, including myself, believe it will STILL happen this season. You can’t use the stats to analyze Alex Smith’s career or season thus far. When watching the games, both live and on television, I can clearly see a QB who is struggling due to the system he is handcuffed in. If Mike Johnson will allow Smith to use the weapons at his disposal and actually stretch the field, then this season will turn around very quickly for this team.

  • Anonymous

    I agree with Jesse. Jimmy Raye called the most boring plays ever! I’d like to see Alex take more shots down field, now that the offensive line is giving him a bit more time. Come on people, all is not lost.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LM2YQ2AY3I7V7DFHCQHDIKHJWQ James

    This is a ridiculous article. Under Turner, Alex had probably his best year and the offense looked decent even with a lack of overall talent. Martz wanted JT O’Sullivan to be his QB. After that didn’t work out, they went to Shaun Hill. Do some research before you write this garbage.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4GVFJVBTLS4RDWISX76TJPBNZM steven

    3rd down and 3…on our 40 something…and we run a flea flicker…great play call

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XC2PLABMBZ47GGGG3ZGU6TVUFA Craig

    down 24-3, in the thrid quarter..still time to make something happen.
    Two runs off tackle and a pseudo-screen pass. 3 and out.
    ’nuff said about Jimmy Raye. Only remaining question is whether this was part of the “Singletary” neandethal vison of modern football or just sheer ineptitude.
    My guess, 0-5 and Singletary is gone.
    Let’s show some “cojones” and let Alex call his own plays. For the #14 smartest man in football, it can’t hurt any more than the dreadful exhibition of football niner fans have been gagging on for the last 8 years.

  • Anonymous

    No this article is SPOT ON! Alex Smith could have the greatest OC on this planet, the best, biggest, meanest OL on the planet and the opposing team spot us 50 points a game and that LOSER will find a way to lose the game. He is NOT NFL quality period! At this juncture I dont think we could possibly GIVE HIM away to a GD CFL team! 6 years of ineptitude, sorry ass excuses and 3 and out have proven this so. Hell he cant even throw the ball away under a heavy rush right! When he does throw it, its always long, high, behind, short, to hard, not hard enough or perfectly thrown…to the DEFENDER! Shitcan this scrub now, dang were on a roll dont stop now. Starting with Raye, thats one down 2 more to go, (Smith,Dingleberry).

  • Anonymous

    Dude, you know nothing about football – just like the guy who wrote this article. The greatest curse of the Niners are fans like you along with pseudo writers like the jackass who wrote this article

  • Anonymous

    Nice try Chutiya err I mean Alex, now go back to practice you need it, you suck!

  • Anonymous

    YOUR AN IDIOT JUST LIKE ALL THE REST OFF YOU ALEX LOVERS, DUDES A BUM NO IT FACTOR, NO PIZZAZ, FIRE, DESIRE, ARROGANCE TO BE GREAT, AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST ABILITY. GET OF THE AS TRAIN ITS ABOUT TO CRASH.

  • Anonymous

    SHUT UP AND GET OFF ALEX HE’S DONE, HE WENT TO UTAH STATE, A SMALL COLLEGE THAT HAD A FAVORABLE SCHEDULE WHEN HE WAS THERE, HE’S A TIMID NERD, HE SHOLD PUT THAT MASTER’S DEGREE TO USE AND SAVE FACE AND QUIT FOOTBALL CUS IT AINT HIS THANG.

  • Anonymous

    EXACTLY! IF HE’S NOT A 49ER HE’S NOT IN THE LEAGUE,PERIOD. HE SHOULD BECOME A DAYTIME JUDGE LIKE MILLS LANE OR JOE BROWN AND CALL IT SMITTY COURT!!LOL I’M DEPRESSED LET ME KNOW WHEN WE GET A REAL QB, I MISS STEVE YOUNG

  • Anonymous

    It’s truly sad to have watched a franchise that use to set the standard for how football is played, forget how to play themselves, its like leading everyone to the promise land but you forget how to get there after taking everyone else.
    FIRE SINGLENUT AND ALEX SH^T I MEAN SMITH, AND WHILE THERE HEADING OUT TELL THEM TO TAKE CHILO AND BUM ASS GINN

  • Anonymous

    What a waste of time reading this article. Have you seen any of the 49er games? Did Alex give up 87 points? Does Alex call the predictable run plays on first and second down every drive? Is Alex responsible for the plays not reaching him in time and he is forced to call timeout? Most of his interceptions are because receivers cant catch balls that hit their hands. Because of Ray’s neanderthal offense, the 49ers are forced to play catch up. Is it Alex’s fault he has a new OT that has struggled to keep defensive linemen off his back? I dont care if the QB is Montana, Young or Manning, no one wins with the way this team is playing.

  • Anonymous

    O.K ILL GIVE YOU THAT, IN A WAY, BUT ANSWER ME THIS, WHY IS BRADFORD DOING GOOD OR FOR THAT MUCH SHAUN HILL OR JAY CUTLER OR CHAD HENNE, OLD ASS MATT HASSLEBACK, EVEN SENECA WALLACE AND MATT CASSLE ALL OF WHOM HAVE A T THE MOST A SECOND YEAR O. COORDINATOR. THE DIFFERENCE IS SKILL, PERSONALITY(CAN’T BE TIMID AND A LEADER NOR CAN YOU BE TAUGHT HEART) AND UNDERESTIMATED ARROGANCE, I KNOW SOME PEOPLE DISLIKE CHARACTERS LIKE T.O AND OCHO BUT WHEN YOUR GOOD YOUR GOOD AND YOU ACT LIKE IT. YOU DON’T GET 6 YEARS TO DO NOTHING IN THIS WORLD, NO 300 + GAME YET AND NO SIGN IT CAN HAPPEN, LOOK AT A. RODGERS AND YOU SEE EXACTLY WHAT ALEX DOESN’T HAVE, RIFLE ARM, BACKSHOULDER THROWS, SMART SCRAMBLER, AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST, VOCAL( AND IT’S BELIEVEABLE NOT THAT FAKE FRONTING ALEX DOES)

  • Anonymous

    What is humorous (and repulsive) are the posters such as gtxrocket who think so highly of themselves and their analytical abilities as scouts, GMs, coaches, etc. If you know soo much of football, how are you not employed by one of the 32 NFL teams?

  • Anonymous

    I could apply your logic like this:
    It is truly sad that a country which led the world into modern standard education now produces… Well, this. You didn’t even spell your screen-name right. I also must ask if you meant, ‘arrogance’ or something else entirely… Perhaps ambition? I am only asking because “arrogance to be great” makes absolutely zero sense.

    I apologize for being somewhat rude, but I am exhausted by all the self-proclaimed geniuses of the world telling everyone else that they are wrong. Particularly when it is solely opinion-based.

  • Anonymous

    Shaun Hill – The Lions are 0-3, same record as Alex Smith’s team, but
    you think he is better? No way.

    Sam Bradford – The Rams are 1-2, he has only been in the league 3 games. You
    cant make any judgement on him until he has played at
    least one season.

    Jay Cutler – Having a good season so far but come on its not all him.
    They have a superior defense and special teams to
    the 49ers. Their offensive line blocks for Forte to run, not like the SF
    offensive line where Gore is getting killed everytime
    he takes the ball and its 3rd and 12 all the time.
    Its not all Jay Cutler but he is superior to Smith at this stage. Lets see if he
    doesnt get injured in Martz system before mid season
    though.

    Matt Hassleback- They are 2-1 because the 49ers stunk out the place the first
    game. They are 2-1 because of returning 2 kickoffs
    for TD’s otherwise they would be 1-2, a game ahead of the 49ers.

    Seneca Wallace- Your kidding, right?

    Matt Cassel – He is playing for a very good OC Charlie Weiss not Jimmy
    Raye. Their play calling is much more progressive than
    the predictable 49ers offense. Their defense doent give up big plays
    like the 49ers does. Last year the Chiefs were 4-12, lets see
    how they end up before saying Matt Cassel has arrived.
    They also play in a bad division.

    The 49ers problems are deeper than Alex Smith, hopefully under the new OC they
    can become less predictable and execute a lot better. If Smith is the problem
    then why did they give up on Hill? Nate Davis was waived, then resigned? If you
    said the 49er management is responsible for this mess I would tend to agree with
    you. Mike Singletary is the next one to go. He is way over his head.

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2LWOZUTD2YTUYXZFFFJGVDB3CY erik

    I’d say if the niners killed themselves again in Atlanta, the next two to go is Mike Singh and Alex Smith period. Put Nate Davis and use the wideouts more often to Ziegler, Davis,Westbrook, Gore, Morgan,Walker, Byham, Hill, Dixon. These guys have all what it takes to win and take the team back to the playoff. Goodluck Niners.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2LWOZUTD2YTUYXZFFFJGVDB3CY erik

    Ohh btw, niners should minimize the running play, i believe if niners use more passing consistently, the opponents would be guessing wildly and stumble to our new installed offense system- we could be in playoff this year. Go Niners!

  • Anonymous

    We as 49er fans should’nt keep excusing Alex’s play, though many points are valid about coaching, playcalling, and protection, he’s like a 6 year rookie with everybody wiping his a^^. I know compassion is a good trait but not when it comes to winning football games and championships!! Look at the Bills took them no time to realize Trent was’nt the answer and cut ties with him. No maybe’s or what if’s just straight what have you done for me lately, or if the team is weak at least flash some greatness (upside) to your carreer and do it more consistant instead of every other year. Alex has 1 I say agian 1 300 yrd game. As my cuz would say ” boo boo over broccali( sorry if i spelled wrong).

  • Anonymous

    I agree with you TOWNBUISNESS98 but the problem started when eddie debartalo gave his controlling interest to his sister who does not know a thing about football and she let her husband and son run the team . Plus they do not know a thing about football. what I think , she need to give eddie back his team,then the 49ers will be back on top where they are suppose to be. EDDIE if you ever read this I pray to GOD that you get your team back.