Just look at the 98-00 Kansas City Chiefs for a glimpse at what I think this offense will resemble in 2010. As has been mentioned previously, current 49ers Offensive Coordinator Jimmy Raye and new Offensive Line Coach Mike Solari have worked together in Kansas City. Here is an excerpt from Jimmy Raye's biography on 49ers.com.
Raye spent eight years with Kansas City (1992-2000) in various coaching capacities. From 1998 to 2000, Raye served as the team’s offensive coordinator. Under his guidance in 2000, the Chiefs ranked eighth in the NFL in total offense (350.9 ypg) and fourth in passing (259.3 ypg). A year prior, Kansas City finished fourth in the NFL in rushing (130.1 ypg), tied for eighth in points scored (24.4 ppg) and ranked 12th in total offense (332.6 ypg). The 390 points marked the third-highest scoring output in team history and its most prolific in 32 years.
Here is an excerpt from Mike Solari's biography on 49ers.com.
Following his initial stint with the 49ers, Solari spent nine seasons as the offensive line coach for Kansas City (1997-2005), three of which came under current 49ers offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye (1998-2000), who held the same position for the Chiefs at the time. With Solari directing the Kansas City offensive line, the team averaged 126.8 rushing yards per game, ranking fourth in the NFL during that time span.
Solari’s line produced a trio of Pro Bowl offensive linemen in 2004 and 2005, in guards Will Shields and Brian Waters, as well as tackle Willie Roaf. Kansas City became the first club to accomplish that feat since Dallas from 1993-96. As a result of his offensive line’s dominance, the Chiefs offense led the league in total offense in 2004 (franchise-record 418.4 ypg) and 2005 (387.0 ypg).
The Daly City, CA, native was later promoted by the Chiefs to offensive coordinator in 2006. During his 11-year tenure in Kansas City, the team finished in the top 10 in rushing on seven occasions, in the top five four times, and ranked 6th in the NFL in total offense (359.2 yards per game) over that span. Solari was one of just six assistant coaches in team history to record more than a decade of service with the franchise.
Here is a look at the Kansas City Chiefs' rosters and statistics from 1998-2000 under Jimmy Raye.
1998 Chiefs Roster and Statistics (Offense Rank: 14th/ Defense Rank: 22nd)
1999 Chiefs Roster and Statistics (Offense Rank: 8th/ Defense Rank: 13th)
2000 Chiefs Roster and Statistics (Offense Rank: 9th/ Defense Rank: 19th)
Looking at this made me realize how much better our 49ers could be compared to this team. These teams generally had bad defenses, where as our defense is much better. We could really have something here if our offense can pick it up like these Chiefs teams did under Jimmy Raye! All I'm saying is that there is a glimmer of hope for us to have success.
[ Edited by PTulini on Apr 2, 2010 at 15:03:55 ]