Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Bucs hire Jimmy Raye as senior offensive assistant
TAMPA - New Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano continued to surround himself with NFL experience on his staff Wednesday with the hiring of Jimmy Raye as a senior offensive assistant. Raye, 65, has coached on the NFL level for 34 years and been an offensive coordinator for seven different pro clubs. "With over 30 years of NFL experience, Coach Raye has attained a wealth of knowledge that will be an invaluable resource to our coaches and players,'' Schiano said in a statement issued by the team. On Friday, the Bucs announced the hiring of former Cleveland Browns head coach Butch Davis as special assistant to Schiano. In his advisory role, Davis will assist the organization in a variety of areas, from pro player evaluation to scouting.Mike Sullivan will be the offensive coordinator after spending the past eight seasons as a New York Giants assistant, including the past two as quarterbacks coach working with Eli Manning. This will be Raye's second stint with Tampa Bay. Raye served as Leeman Bennett's offensive coordinator in 1985 and 1986. The Bucs went 2-14 in each season and the offense ranked 23rd and 27th, respectively. Beside guiding Tampa Bay's attack for two seasons, Raye also served as offensive coordinator for the Patriots, Chiefs, Redskins, Raiders, 49ers and Rams. A standout quarterback at Michigan State, Raye was selected in the 16th round of the 1968 draft by the Rams, who converted him to defensive back. Raye played two games for the Eagles in 1969 before beginning his coaching career back at Michigan State.