The Tampa Bay Buccaneers continue building what is becoming a bit of an unconventional coaching staff, naming, as expected, Jimmy Raye a Senior Offensive Assistant.
Raye, a longtime NFL assistant and veteran offensive coordinator, presumably won't coach a specific position nor call plays. But he'll serve as an advisor of sorts for the Bucs' offensive coaching staff, which is expected to be light on NFL experience. Coach Greg Schiano is expected to name several Rutgers assistants to his staff in the coming days.
To that end, "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.
Raye has coached for 40 years, including 34 in the NFL. His most recent stint as an offensive coordinator came in 2009-10 with the 49ers, who fired him after falling to 0-3 in 2010.
The Bucs haven't been specific about Raye's role, but his hiring, combined with that of Schiano's special assistant, Butch Davis, makes this still-incomplete Bucs coaching staff unlike most others. Teams often use advisors in a front-office setting (i.e. Carl Peterson in Miami), but it's less typical to see them working hand-in-hand with coaches, as Raye and Davis likely will.
Davis' role won't involve coaching, but he will actively participate in coaching meetings and making recommendations about on-field matters. Raye, however, will have the ability to assist on the field and during practices.