NFC South: Jimmy Raye

NFC South afternoon update

August, 7, 2013
METAIRIE, La. -- I’m wrapping up my time at the New Orleans Saints’ facility and getting ready to catch a flight back to NFC South Blog headquarters. But there will be plenty more coming on the Saints when their Camp Confidential profile runs Saturday.

In the meantime, let’s check in on some odds and ends from around the division:
  • Much has been made about the aggressiveness New Orleans rookie safety Kenny Vaccaro has displayed so far in camp. He was involved in a play in Saturday’s scrimmage on which receiver Joe Morgan was injured. The team said Wednesday that the injury will end Morgan’s season. After that news came, teammates Drew Brees and Marques Colston defended Vaccaro and said he is just doing his job.
  • Speaking of aggressiveness, the Carolina Panthers went lightly in practice Wednesday after several players were involved in a melee during Tuesday’s session.
  • As expected, Adam Schefter reports that Atlanta right tackle Mike Johnson will miss the season after suffering a leg injury Tuesday. At the moment, that leaves second-year pro Lamar Holmes as the likely starter. But the Falcons could look to bring in a veteran alternative.
  • Mark Cook reports that Tampa Bay senior offensive advisor Jimmy Raye is on medical leave after having back surgery, and his future with the team remains unclear.

Breaking down Tampa Bay's staff

March, 7, 2012
Now that the entire coaching staff of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is officially in place, let’s take a look at some interesting tidbits.

If you include Butch Davis, who officially is a special assistant to head coach Greg Schiano, the Buccaneers have a staff that includes five coaches who have served as a head coach at the NFL or college level.

Schiano previously was a head coach at Rutgers. Davis was a head coach for the Cleveland Browns, the University of North Carolina and the University of Miami. Defensive backs coach Ron Cooper was a head coach at Eastern Michigan, Louisville and Alabama A&M. Offensive line assistant Steve Loney was head coach at Morehead State, and quarterbacks coach Ron Turner was a head coach at San Jose State and Illinois.

Trivia question for you: What else to those five men have in common? They all were head coaches for a longer time than former Tampa Bay coach Raheem Morris, who had never been a head coach before the Bucs promoted him in 2009.

Also, including Davis, the Bucs have staff members that have been defensive coordinators at the NFL or college level. Schiano was defensive coordinator at the University of Miami. Davis was defensive coordinator for the Dallas Cowboys. Defensive coordinator Bill Sheridan was the coordinator for the New York Giants in 2009. Cooper was defensive coordinator at several college stops. Linebackers coach Bob Fraser was defensive coordinator at Rutgers.

The Bucs also have five staff members that have been offensive coordinators at the college or NFL level. Senior offensive assistant Jimmy Raye has been offensive coordinator for multiple NFL teams. Tight ends coach Brian Angelichio was offensive coordinator at Ithaca. Offensive line coach Bob Bostad was co-offensive coordinator at San Jose State. Loney was offensive coordinator for the Minnesota Vikings and at several colleges. Turner was offensive coordinator with the Chicago Bears.

Bucs announce offensive staff

March, 6, 2012
We’ve known most of the names and some of the roles for weeks, but the Tampa Bay Buccaneers just officially announced their offensive coaching staff. Let’s take a look:

  • Mike Sullivan, offensive coordinator
  • Brian Angelichio, tight ends
  • Bob Bostad, offensive line
  • Earnest Byner, running backs
  • P.J. Fleck, wide receivers
  • Steve Loney, assistant offensive line
  • Ben McDaniels, offensive assistant
  • Ron Turner, quarterbacks

The Bucs previously announced Jimmy Raye, a long-time NFL assistant, will be a senior offensive assistant. This group comes with a healthy mix of NFL and college experience for head coach Greg Schiano’s first staff.

Sullivan most recently was quarterbacks coach for the New York Giants. Byner a former NFL running back, has been a running backs coach in the league for eight years and was with Jacksonville last season. Loney has 10 years of experience as an NFL assistant and 24 years on the college level. He most recently was the offensive line coach for the St. Louis Rams. McDaniels previously was quarterbacks coach for the Denver Broncos. Turner has spent 11 years working in the NFL and was the quarterbacks coach in Indianapolis last season.

Bostad spent the past six seasons at the University of Wisconsin, where he was a highly successful offensive line coach and running game coordinator.

Angelichio and Fleck each previously worked for Schiano at Rutgers.
At long last, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have a defensive coordinator.

The team reportedly has hired Bill Sheridan, who recently had been hired by Urban Meyer as Ohio State’s defensive coordinator. But Sheridan is jumping to the Bucs before he even coached a game with the Buckeyes.

This is a big move for Tampa Bay coach Greg Schiano, who had been unsuccessful in pursuing several candidates for the position. Although Schiano has taken some criticism for having a staff dominated by his former assistants at Rutgers, the hiring of Sheridan gives him another coach with deep NFL ties.

Sheridan had been the defensive coordinator for the New York Giants in 2009. Prior to that, he was linebackers coach in New York for four seasons. He was linebackers coach for the Miami Dolphins in 2010.

The Bucs also reportedly have hired former NFL linebacker Bryan Cox as a defensive assistant. The addition of Sheridan and Cox gives Schiano’s staff a stronger NFL flavor. In addition to his Rutgers assistants, Schiano also has hired former Giants quarterbacks coach Mike Sullivan as offensive coordinator. He’s added former NFL head coach Butch Davis as a special assistant and long-time NFL assistant Jimmy Raye as a senior offensive assistant.

Around the NFC South

February, 16, 2012
Let's take a look at the top headlines from around the division.

A coin flip on Feb. 24 at the scouting combine will determine if the Carolina Panthers or the Miami Dolphins get the No. 8 pick in the NFL draft. At the moment, LSU defensive tackle Michael Brockers is the trendy pick for the Panthers by draft gurus.

NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock said Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan needs to take the next step and start winning some playoff games. I don’t think Mayock is going out on any big limb there. The general feeling in Atlanta, reaching as high as Falcons owner Arthur Blank, is that having winning seasons isn’t enough. The expectation is that Ryan and the Falcons will start winning playoff games and perhaps challenge for a Super Bowl.

Saints defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo explains why he chose to come to New Orleans over joining the Eagles, despite his deep ties to Philadelphia.

The name of Ohio State assistant Bill Sheridan reportedly has surfaced in Tampa Bay’s search for a defensive coordinator. Sheridan was defensive coordinator for the New York Giants in 2009 and has experience as a linebackers coach in the NFL.

The Bucs recently hired Jimmy Raye as a senior offensive assistant. Here’s a blast from the past on a bizarre incident that took place when Raye was Tampa Bay’s offensive coordinator back in the 1980s.

Bucs make Jimmy Raye hiring official

February, 15, 2012
It’s been common knowledge for about a week now, but the Tampa Bay Buccaneers just officially announced the hiring of Jimmy Raye as a senior offensive assistant.

"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," coach Greg Schiano said.

Raye is expected to work closely with offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan, who previously was quarterbacks coach of the New York Giants. Raye previously worked as offensive coordinator in Tampa Bay in 1985 and ’86. Raye has spent 34 seasons in the NFL and worked as an assistant for the Rams, Patriots, Chiefs, Redskins, Raiders, Jets and 49ers.

Most recently, he was San Francisco’s offensive coordinator, but was fired during the 2010 season.