San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith (11) and offensive tackle Joe Staley (74) talk with offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye after an NFL preseason football game against the Minnesota Vikings in San Francisco, Sunday, Aug. 22, 2010. The 49ers won 15-10. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)
Just hours after Head Coach Mike Singletary said there would be dramatic changes that did not involve Jimmy Raye, the San Francisco 49ers have reportedly fired their offensive coordinator.
It comes a day after the team suffered an embarrassing 31-10 loss in K.C.
The team issued a short statement, but the NFL Network's Jason La Canfora broke the story citing a league source as confirming that Raye has been replaced by quarterback coach Mike Johnson.
The 49ers are off to their worst start since the dismal days of Dennis Erickson and many fans have called for the head of the longtime NFL veteran Raye. The team was expected and picked by many to contend for the NFC West crown.
But after being embarrassed in the season opener against Seattle and looking predictable on offense against the Kansas City Chiefs Sunday, some have even begun to call for the firing of Singletary.
The writing may have been on the wall two weeks ago when Yahoo wrote a damning report that said Raye struggled to remember the name of play calls that was forcing the team to burn timeouts, according to an unnamed team insider.
At the time Singletary went to bat for Raye, flipping his lid when asked about the story by KPIX host Dennis O'Donnell. So strong was Singletary's conviction, that the team changed the format of the weekly paid interview with the station.
For his part, Johnson is popular amongst the 49ers offensive player and he is considered to be an expert on the spread offense, which is the style quarterback Alex Smith played in college and thrived in, at times, last season.