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Raye lends experience, not glitz factor

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

TAMPA, Fla. -- The 49ers' apparent decision to hire Jimmy Raye as offensive coordinator will not send shock waves through the rest of the division. It will not lead anyone to install the 49ers as favorites to win anything next season.

The move is about as sexy as a handoff to the fullback on second-and-6. Raye is 62 years old. He coached running backs for the Jets last season, hardly the sort of job that seemed likely to serve as a springboard for a promotion after the team fired head coach Eric Mangini.

But if you've been paying attention to 49ers head coach Mike Singletary, you know he isn't into perceptions so much. He is doing things his way, unapologetically. Raye has extensive experience as an assistant coach, including as a coordinator. That was important for the 49ers because Singletary lacks coaching experience and offensive expertise.