Blowout Leftovers: Jimmy Raye Fired

A return trip to Kansas City for Jimmy Raye proved to be a dismal experience. Sunday, his San Francisco offense looked horrible in losing to the Chiefs by 21 points.

Then Monday morning, Raye gets the boot from the Niners, this despite comments from head coach Mike Singletary after the game that Raye would be his man for the rest of the season. Something changed on the flight home or bright an early this morning in the Bay Area, because Raye is out of work and quarterbacks coach Mike Johnson has been promoted to the position.

Spotted in an elevator headed to the locker room after the game, Raye appeared a bit shell shocked by Sunday’s events. According to 49ers players, the Chiefs defense was calling out San Francisco plays before the snap. That does not mean the defense can stop the play, but it’s always nice when you have a good idea of what’s coming at you, whether it’s run or pass.

There was an obvious problem with the Niners offense against the Chiefs. Some of that is credit to the defense that played a very good game. But when the quarterback throws 42 passes and went back to throw a total of 47 times, and he only targets TE Vernon Davis six times, then something is out of whack.

All of football, but especially at the NFL level, is counter-punching, figuring out what your opponent is doing to you and then reacting to that. Nobody knows that more than Jimmy Raye, but for whatever reasons the 49ers couldn’t get it done on Sunday.


The Chiefs announced a paid attendance of 68,188 and the game was on local TV with apparently no possibility that a blackout would be enforced.

But there were a lot of empty seats scattered around the stadium. The high priced club seats had plenty of empties, but scattered throughout the upper deck were clusters where five to 10 seats were unoccupied.

One thing for sure and that’s the parking lots immediately around the stadium were full, most about an hour before kickoff. Those that came, came to tailgate.


Although he was in a wheelchair, Bill Grigsby was at the stadium for the pre-game ceremonies that honored him. He was joined by his saint of a wife Fran, and other members of his family. Also with Grigs at midfield was the Chiefs Radio crew, led by Hall of Fame quarterback Len Dawson.

Sharron Hunt Munson presented Grigs with a plaque from the team and a video presentation was shown on the big screens inside the stadium.


Defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel is always tinkering a bit, especially with his nickel defensive schemes. The Chiefs base nickel on Sunday against San Francisco had CB Javier Arenas, S Jon McGraw and DE Wallace Gilberry coming on the field, with NT Ron Edwards, DE Shaun Smith and ILB Jovan Belcher coming off. Later, it was LB Demorrio Williams coming in for DE Glenn Dorsey to rush the passer.

NT Anthony Toribio got his most extensive playing time since he was claimed on waivers from the Packers in the first week of the season. He was given credit for two tackles.

Leading the Chiefs tacklers was Belcher, who finished with 10 total tackles on the afternoon. All of those were against the run as he continues to develop into a good run stopper in the middle of the defense.


The first quarter ended with the Chiefs facing a 4th-and-1 at midfield. As the teams huddled up during the break, the Chiefs got creative. First, they sent out the punt team. Punter Dustin Colquitt was lined up as if he was about to take the snap. The Niners responded with their punt return team.

But as the 90-second timeout was coming to a close, the Chiefs ran their offense onto the field. San Francisco tried to respond but it was mayhem with two units trying to get on and off the field. That’s when Singletary called for a timeout. Advantage Chiefs.

During the timeout period, the Chiefs again sent out the punt team. And again, they ran the offense on the field. The problem was they didn’t time it very well, as the television timeout was not over and officials stopped them from snapping the ball.

Eventually, everything was ready and the Chiefs went ahead and ran the play, as WR Dexter McCluster too a handoff and went for four yards.


The Chiefs used the Wildcat formation on three plays in the game, including the razzle-dazzle play that led to a touchdown pass to WR Dwayne Bowe.

RB Thomas Jones was the Wildcat all three times. On the first two plays of the second quarter, he handed off to McCluster for four yards and a first down. On the next play, he ran it himself for three yards. That’s when Matt Cassel came back on the field.

Then in the third quarter it was the shotgun snap, end-around, lateral back and pass from Cassel to Bowe for the score.

That’s three plays for plus-52 yards.


Since the 2000 season, there have been nine teams that started the season 3-0, after starting the previous season 0-3. The Chiefs joined that group on Sunday. Here’s the list:

  • 2000 – New York Jets, finished the season 9-7 and out of the playoffs.
  • 2001 – San Diego, finished 5-11 and last in the AFC West.
  • 2003 – Seattle and Minnesota. The Seahawks went 10-6 and made the playoffs and the Vikings went 9-7 and missed the post-season.
  • 2004 – Jacksonville and New York Jets. The Jaguars went 9-7 and did not make the playoffs and the Jets were 10-6 and made the playoffs as a wildcard team.
  • 2005 – Tampa Bay, finished 11-5 and won the NFC South.
  • 2008 – Buffalo, finished 7-9 and last in the AFC East.

12 Responses to “Blowout Leftovers: Jimmy Raye Fired”

  • September 27, 2010  - Michael O says:

    Bills released Trent Edwards, I’d go get him.

  • September 27, 2010  - gorillafan says:

    Trent Edwards would be a downgrade from Cassel imo, maybe even brodie as a matter of fact.

    glad to see the 9ers fire their OC, that will just give espn and others another excuse on how our team is 3-0. I understand we are not a super bowl team, but crap, atleast give us SOME credit!!

  • September 27, 2010  - Brandon says:

    I still think we’re being a bit optimistic with outhouse to penthouse. The true test will be to see if we can not only come back from an extra week, but come out of that extra week against a very good Colts team in Indy. If we do that, we’ll likely take the AFC West, but that doesn’t appear to be much of a challenge with most of the teams in the AFC West smelling up the place.

  • September 27, 2010  - Niblick says:

    I also think Trent Edwards would be a downgrade, even over Croyle. Cassell is improving. He’s never going to be an elite QB, but I feel he could be a solid starter for several years.

  • September 27, 2010  - cupp says:

    You guys really think a Bills castoff would be better than Cassel? I’m not voting Cassel MVP or anything but Trent Edwards really? Come on.

    Also anybody else see Priest on the sideline on Sunday? Good to see we haven’t completely forgotten the past. Bob any info on what Holmes was up to?

  • September 27, 2010  - Gerardo says:

    I think the Chiefs were 3-0 in 2003 at least that was in the pregame facts sheet

  • September 27, 2010  - Todd says:

    Jimmy Raye is a former Chiefs coach, as you all well know. I’m sure I”m not alone by having a bit of loyalty to past Chiefs, player or coach. Yesterdays 3-0 record, however glorious to me, was slightly degraded by Jimmy getting fired. It made me feel sad. I hope Jimmy lands on his feet again.

    Then, I watched that flea flicker play for another TD one more time and cheered back up. As I watched the entire game last night on (so glad I can see the games this year!) I noticed something I haven’t seen since the late 90′s/early 00′s.. Every single play, defense, offense, and special teams is an EVENT with the fans in Arrowhead. It’s so much fun to see that again!

    I also watched (live) the Seahawks beat the Chargers.. and thanked them (talking to the tv) for helping the Chiefs to a 2 win lead over the rest of the division. It was a great game.

    I wonder how we’ll do after the bye against the Colts and then the Texans. I’m not sure we can pull off a win vs. the Colts. I’m going to hope for it anyway, and keep wearing red out here in Seattle.

  • September 27, 2010  - Edward says:

    I still think 49ers will win the division. I think the hook may have been too quick on Jimmy Raye but who knows it may payoff. But bottom line they’re still best team in the NFC west. I expect them to still win 9 games based on the schedule they have after the Falcons game.

  • September 27, 2010  - Rick says:

    Trent Edwards?

    No way, we don’t need a Captain checkdown, McWobble launcher.

  • September 27, 2010  - Nate says:

    Jimmy Raye is a scapegoat for his very poor head coach. Singletary is in over his head. He was outcoached at every turn on sunday. On Monday night Alex Smith threw for 275 yards and took the Saints to the wire. In fact Steve Young called it a breakout game for Alex smith. Now we come to the chiefs game. They tried to run the ball in the first half we stuffed it. Chris Meyers reported from the sideline as the teams returned to the field for the 2nd half, that Singletary told his team in the locker room that they needed to come out and take control of the game by running the ball. They got stuffed again and started trying to pass after they fell behind by 2 touchdowns. Now Jimmy Raye is fired for being too conserative with his play calling. Singletary should be fired and he will. I actually felt sorry for him (after we were ahead 31-3). He will not last the season before he will be following Jimmy Raye out the door.

  • September 28, 2010  - KC_Guy says:

    I wonder how many seats the Chiefs declared “dead” for the season. If a paid attendance of less than 70,000 is good to avoid a blackout it should be better than 5,000 seats we won’t see occupied throughout the year.

  • September 28, 2010  - Tracy says:

    NFL fans in the Bay Area are looking at a season of disappointment. The glory days of the 49ers are an increasingly distant memory and the Raiders Super Bowl trip a few years ago the apparently was the dawn before the darkness.

    Mike Singletary certainly seems in over his head and the Jimmy Raye firing is more than likely just his first CYA moment. But how much blame rests with the front office? The DeBartolo family seems more suited for a soap opera than for membership if the NFL ownership club.

    Seeing a franchise like the 49ers up close should make Chiefs Nation even more grateful for KC’s current leadership.

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