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49ers fire offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye

Updated at 1:12 p.m.

San Francisco 49ers Coach Mike Singletary has fired offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye, according to Jason La Canfora of the NFL Network.

Raye was the Redskins' offensive coordinator under Marty Schottenheimer in 2001. With the Niners struggling, he'd been under fire for in-game communication problems.

Raye will be replaced by quarterbacks coach Mike Johnson and only Sunday had gotten a vote of confidence from Singletary. After the Niners' 31-10 loss in Kansas City, Singletary said Raye would be his offensive coordinator the rest of the season. Maybe he hadn't noticed that the 49ers offense is next-to-last in the league, averaging 12.7 points per game.

"We all have a hand in this, whether it's play-calling or execution. We all could've done better," quarterback Alex Smith said after the loss dropped San Francisco to 0-3.

The Football Outsiders, in 2009, wrote of Raye: "In nine seasons as an NFL offensive coordinator, Raye's teams have finished in the bottom third of the league in scoring five times."

Bills release Trent Edwards

The Buffalo Bills have released quarterback Trent Edwards, after unsuccessfully shopping him around the NFL. He was named the starter after training camp, but was benched in favor of Ryan Fitzpatrick last week.Buffalo reportedly plans to re-sign offensive lineman Levi Brown, whom they released this summer.

By Cindy Boren  | September 27, 2010; 10:54 AM ET
Categories:  NFL, Redskins  
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