SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- The San Francisco 49ers have fired offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye following an 0-3 start, making the move less than 24 hours after an ugly 31-10 loss to Kansas City.
Quarterbacks coach Mike Johnson will replace Raye. Both were hired in February of 2009, and big things were expected from San Francisco in 2010 after a promising 8-8 season a year ago.
The 49ers had just 11 first downs and were held to 251 yards of offense in Sunday's latest setback. They were also 4-for-17 on third down and didn't reach the end zone until the final play of the game.
The season began with another disappointing showing in Seattle, a 31-6 loss, but things seemed to be turning around in a narrow 25-22 defeat to the Saints in a prime time Monday night showdown a week ago.
With all but two teams yet to complete the Week 3 schedule, San Francisco is second from the bottom in the NFL in scoring at 12.7 points per game. Only Carolina is worse at 10.7 ppg.
Raye was hired to replace Mike Martz, who was fired in December of 2008 after just one year in the position.
His NFL coaching career began with the 49ers in 1977 as wide receivers coach, before a number of stints as an offensive coordinator across the league, including the Los Angeles Rams (1983-84, 1991), Buccaneers (1985-86), Patriots (1990), Chiefs (1998-2000), Redskins (2001) and Raiders (2004-05).
Johnson was the wide receivers coach for Baltimore from 2006-07 after spending three years as quarterbacks coach of the Atlanta Falcons. Jason Michael, an offensive assistant in his second year with the team, has been named quarterbacks coach.