Singletary, Raye reunite to join NFL as advisors

Singletary, Raye reunite to join NFL as advisors
May 20, 2014, 9:15 am
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Jimmy Raye served as Mike Singletary's offensive coordinator in 2009 and was fired three games into the 2010 season. (AP)

Former 49ers coach Mike Singletary has been named as a senior advisor to Troy Vincent, the NFL’s executive vice president of football operations, the NFL announced Tuesday.

Singletary, who was not retained as an assistant with the Minnesota Vikings under new coach Mike Zimmer, joins former 49ers offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye and ex-NFL general manager Mike Reinfeldt as advisors.

“I'm very thankful to have the opportunity to work as an advisor to the NFL,” Singletary said in a statement. “Having the opportunity to see the game and impact the game at this level will be a win-win situation.”

Vincent will consult with Singletary, Raye and Reinfeldt on key aspects of football, including developing players and coaches, providing input on past, current and future initiatives, and serving as liaisons to NFL coaches and front office personnel, according to the NFL.

“It is exciting to work alongside these legendary football minds in our continuing efforts to enhance our game," Vicent said. "These men bring sound wisdom, football experience and insight that helps us support our clubs and coaches as well as grow and develop our players and game.”

Singletary, a Hall of Fame linebacker with the Chicago Bears, was named interim 49ers coach in 2008 after Mike Nolan was fired during the season. The 49ers were 5-4 under Singletary for the remainder of the season. The 49ers hired him on a permanent basis at the end of that season.

Singletary's record was 18-22 before he was fired when the 49ers were eliminated from the playoffs with one game remaining in the 2010 season. He served the past three seasons as Vikings assistant head coach/linebackers.

Coincidentally, Singletary hired Raye in 2009 and fired him early in the 2010 season. Raye’s coaching career spanned 40 seasons with 10 teams. He served the past two seasons as senior offensive assistant with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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