Change in Playbook for 49ers' Offense

Brett SkinnerContributor IMay 11, 2009

OAKLAND, CA - 2005:  Jimmy Raye of the Oakland Raiders poses for his 2005 NFL headshot at photo day in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Getty Images)

With Mike Martz out as offensive coordinator, Mike Singletary wanted to go back to the old days of smash mouth football. With this vision in mind, he brought in Jimmy Raye to lead the attack. This is a big change as both offenses are very different.

Martz, known for his “Greatest Show on Turf,” likes to spread the field and throw. Raye comes in with a run oriented offense. This is a big change because you are changing the whole philosophy of the offense and doing the complete opposite.

Frank Gore will carry most of the load as he looks to get back to his 2006 performance when he rushed for almost 1,700 yards and eight touchdowns. In this year’s draft, the 49ers drafted Glen Coffee, a running back out of Alabama.

This tough nosed down-hill runner will be the other half of the rushing attack. The 49ers will look to get back to the old days, and hopefully this will open up the passing attack, and let the receivers showcase their talent in the open field.