Jimmy Raye, receivers coach for the Atlanta Falcons, confirmed yesterday that he has been interviewed for the job of head coach of the Washington franchise of the United States Football League. But he insisted he has not yet been offered the job.
Raye, 35, said he was interviewed here last Thursday by team owner Berl Bernhard, but "it has not gotten to that stage yet (of a job offer). I also told Mr. Bernhard I would not say anything more about it."
Raye said he had not been in touch with Bernhard again, but that his attorney, Walter Melvin of Fayetteville, N.C., "has had some dealings with people in Washington. I guess I am still being considered."
There has been speculation in Atlanta that Raye will be the coach here. Jack Pardee, ex-Redskins coach, and Lou Saban also have been mentioned in connection with the job. Bernhard has said he hopes to name a general manager and coach by next week.
Raye, the only black assistant on the Falcons' staff, said he has been under pressure from Coach Leeman Bennett, who takes his team to training camp next Friday. "He wants to get about the business of this season, and I can understand that," Raye said. "Basically, they need me to go to work or go away."