Mike Singletarys outline for what he expects from the 49ers offense this season might have felt stifling to some coordinator candidates.
But Jimmy Raye said he adheres to the same philosophies Singletary stated as his preference during their interview on Wednesday at the 49ers team offices in Santa Clara.
We have a shared vision of how you play the game and what hes like to see, Raye said in a conference call with reporters Friday. Its along the same thoughts I have.
The overriding factor is we want to be tough-minded, physically and emotionally. I think those were the things that he was excited about.
The 49ers agreed with Raye on a three-year contract this week to become the clubs seventh offensive coordinator in seven seasons. He replaces Mike Martz, whom Singletary fired on Dec. 30.
Raye, 62, has coached 32 NFL seasons, including 12 years as a coordinator with six different teams. Raye and Martz both cite Ernie Zampese as a major coaching influence, but Raye is the antithesis of Martz when it comes to philosophy.
While Martz is known as an innovative and creative coach who is enamored of the passing game, Raye leans more heavily toward a power running game and that is what Singletary wants.
At least one candidate for the job might have felt Singletarys directive for a physical, run-oriented offense might have been too restricting. Former St. Louis Rams coach Scott Linehan turned down Singletarys job offer on Jan. 18, three days after he was offered the job.
Scott Linehan was honest, Singletary said. I asked Scott Linehan straight forward: Can you do these things? If you cant, be honest and let me know. He got back to me and said, What you need right now, I dont think I can do. Im going to have to back away.
It is not known how many other candidates balked at Singletarys plan for the offense. Raye was the eighth candidate to formally interview for the position, following Linehan, Dan Reeves, Rob Chudzinski, Rick Dennison, Hue Jackson, Clyde Christensen and Jeff Jagodzinski.