Jimmy Raye (L) and Bill Kuharich (R) named to new posts
Two men with recent history of working for the Chiefs were named to new management positions in the league on Tuesday.
In Cleveland, Bill Kuharich was named executive chief of staff for Browns general manager Ray Farmer. Kuharich spent a decade with the Chiefs (2000-09) in various personnel roles including vice-president of player personnel.
At the league office in New York, former Chiefs assistant coach and offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye was hired as one of three senior advisors to the new executive vice-president of football operations Troy Vincent.
Over the last 36 years, Raye coached with 10 different NFL teams, including the Chiefs where he spent nine seasons (1992-2000) coaching tight ends, then running backs and was offensive coordinator for Marty Schottenheimer and Gunther Cunningham over three seasons (1998-2000.) His time in Kansas City was the longest stop in Raye’s long coaching career. Last season he was with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers coaching staff.
“After 36 years as an NFL coach, this is a great opportunity to work with Commissioner Goodell, Troy Vincent and the NFL clubs in the continuing process of enhancing and growing our great game,” said in a statement released by the league. Joining Raye as senior advisors are former safety Mike Reinfeldt and Hall of Fame linebacker Mike Singletary.
Kuharich was hired by Farmer earlier this year to serve as a consultant for the 2014 NFL Draft. Farmer began his front-office career in the NFL when he was hired by Kuharich to work for the Chiefs as director of pro personnel back in 2006. That’s the same season Kuharich became the club’s personnel leader and on his watch the team drafted defensive end/outside linebacker Tamba Hali, strong safety Bernard Pollard, free safety Jarrad Page, wide receiver Dwayne Bowe and the 2008 class that included offensive tackle Branden Albert, running back Jamaal Charles, plus cornerbacks Brandon Flowers and Brandon Carr.
“Bill has seen it all in our game,” Farmer said in announcing the new position. “Bill originally gave me my start in personnel and has played a part in every step of my career. He’s more than a mentor; he’s helped me become better at scouting players, better at being a father and better at living life.”