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Jimmy Raye: I Just Did What They Told Me

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    SAN FRANCISCO - 2009: Jimmy Raye of the San Francisco 49ers poses for his 2009 NFL headshot at photo day in San Francisco, California. (Photo by NFL Photos)

    When the San Francisco 49ers fired offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye on Monday, it was in no small part because Raye's predictable playcalls lacked any creativity.

    Raye's excuses for why he got fired weren't very creative, either.

    Jimmy Raye was reached by phone Monday, as Matt Maiocco of Comcast SportsNet requested his thoughts of having just gotten canned. "I was carrying out the head coach's wishes," Raye told Comcast SportsNet. "

    "I was doing what I was brought here to do under his philosophy he wanted installed. I tried as best I could to carry that out with the quarterbacking and the personnel that we had."
    Is that a dig at Alex? I think that's a dig at Alex.
    "I was doing what I was brought here to do under his philosophy he wanted installed," Raye said. "I didn't come in and say, 'This is my offense, and I'm running this, and if you don't like it, you can get somebody else.' I was doing what was given me to do."
    Through three games, the 49ers had the second-lowest scoring offense in the NFL.

    This presents quarterback Alex Smith with -- guess what! -- yet another offensive coordinator. With the promotion of Mike Johnson, Alex is now playing under his sixth offensive coordinator.

    Ten days before Jimmy Raye's firing, 49ers coach Mike Singletary declared he had an unnamed "rat" on his staff. Now that Raye is fired, the guy whom many believe is the rat just got a big promotion.

    Joe Kukura is a freelance writer who is [garble garble garble garble].