Curious about Jimmy Raye's coaching history, I found that he was offensive coordinator for 5 teams between 1983 and 2001, having notched a total of 10 years as an O.C. I decided to see what kind of success he had, and if he typically had strong running games. I was a bit surprised to find that in 10 seasons as an offensive coordinator, only once did his team finish in the top 10 for total yards per game (8th in 2000 with the Chiefs). His average YPG ranking over that span was a dismal 19th in the league.
I decided to do a little more research to see what we might reasonably expect from a coach with experience spanning three decades, so I compiled his NFL offensive rankings in four categories: Total YPG, PPG, Pass YPG and Rush YPG.
Only four times did he manage a top 10 rushing attack, in 1999 with the Chiefs, in 1983-84 with Eric Dickerson and the Rams and somehow in 2001 with the Redskins. Not impressive, considering his average rushing finish is a very mediocre 15th. He has some disasters including in '85 - 21st, '90 - 25th and '91 - 27th (and remember the league only had 28 teams during these years!) What really makes this concerning is that his career Rush YPG ranking is actually his bright spot as a coach. Here are his average NFL rankings in all four categories:
Rush YPG: 15th
Pass YPG: 19th
His 2001 Redskins were awesome, placing 28th out of 31 teams in both YPG and PPG, 30th in passing and somehow 8th in rushing.
I guess one thing to be excited about is that he never managed to finish dead last in any of these categories. Oh wait, besides in 1990 when the Patriots were 28th of 28 in scoring. But other than that, he's golden.
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