Earlier this morning, Rosenthal posted that 49ers coach Mike Singletary gave offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye the dreaded vote of confidence. Singletary specifically said that Raye will remain in the job for the rest of the season.
Apparently, the 49ers’ season is over. (As a practical matter, it possibly is.)
Jason LaCanfora of NFL Network reports that Raye has been fired.
Unless Singletary decided to pull an Andy Reid about-face in a matter of hours, it’s possible that the order came from higher up in the organization, possibly with a “fire Raye or you’re out” ultimatum.
Then again, we continue to believe that no one in the 49ers organization would have the nerve to tell Singletary that he’s out of a job.
Still, the move brings to mind whispers around the league the Singletary wasn’t ready to become a head coach after being elevated into the position during the 2008 season.
LaCanfora also reports that Mike Johnson has been promoted into Raye’s job. Two weeks ago, Singletary and others in the organization suspected that Johnson was the “rat” who spoke to the media about Raye’s actual or perceived flaws in calling plays quickly.