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Gray may have a spot on Shanahan's staff

In Mike Shanahan's last season with the Denver Broncos, Bob Slowik served as his defensive coordinator. Slowik is expected to be part of Shanahan's first Redskins staff, probably as the secondary coach, a league source said.

As for who will serve as Shanahan's first defensive coordinator, several players have said they would not be surprised if secondary coach Jerry Gray were retained and promoted to the role. Gray has told people in the organization he is optimistic about joining Shanahan, team sources said.

Before former coach Jim Zorn was fired, owner Daniel Snyder interviewed Gray, which put the team in compliance with the Rooney Rule. Gray's decision to interview in secrecy for a job Zorn still occupied stirred friction within the coaching staff. Gray in conversations with Zorn and members of the staff denied he interviewed, said people with knowledge of the situation.

But a high-ranking member of the Fritz Pollard Alliance confirmed that Gray, on multiple occasions, said he interviewed for the Zorn's job. Gray repeatedly declined reporters' requests to provide clarity about his actions.

Although Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer also is considered a top candidate to lead the defense for Shanahan, it is not believed Shanahan personally spoke with Zimmer before accepting the Redskins' job. But if Zimmer does leave Cincinnati for Washington, his son, Adam, also might join him on the staff.
Adam is a defensive assistant with the New Orleans Saints. With New Orleans, Adam's "responsibilities include both opponent and self-scouting reports, playbook design, film breakdown and organizing meetings, as well as assisting during practicing," according to the Saints' website.

As for other potential additions, former Broncos standout wide receiver Steve Watson might have a role. And front-office official Jim Goodman, who has previously worked with Shanahan, could have a position in the reorganized football operation.

Kyle Shanahan, according to a Houston Texans source, is packing now to leave Houston and join the Redskins.

-- Jason Reid and Rick Maese

By Cindy Boren  |  January 6, 2010; 11:50 AM ET  | Category:  Redskins Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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The secondary, Jerry Gray's coaching position, was ranked 5th in the league, which surprised me but so be the case. This D was destroyed by Blache by his soft cheese approach. Gray is a student of Gregg Williams, one of the best DC the Skins have ever had, and played for him. This D still has the players picked by Williams and his schemes would not be something to new to pick up. If Gray can reinstall Williams D and run it like he did than I don't care if he interviewed for a job that everyone knew was going to be vacant since week 4. I wouldn't mind Zimmer either but god, please do not bring in Shanahan's last DC before he left Denver.

Posted by: sdavey355 | January 6, 2010 11:52 PM

In this whole sordid affair there are so many sorry characters; obviously the midget tops the list; if you go down the list, there is Zerrato (need I say more?), Fat Albert (bad teammate, wife beater, malcontent, selfish), Portis (cancer - blaming the offensive line in '08, Sellers in '09, Campbell in '10); Donovan; but Gray is the most despicable backstabbing Juda; he sold his soul; why am I not surprised he's coming back? Did Snyder make Shanny keep him?

Posted by: nolngeraseasontixhder | January 6, 2010 9:15 PM

Please, Please do not keep Mr. back stabber Jerry Gray on this staff! He should be sent packing to another team if any team would take him. He could not even coach his players how to tackle much less teach any disipline to them! He is an awful coach and he would not even admit to going behind his head coaches back to try to get his job! the man needs to go!

Posted by: vexed50verizonnet | January 6, 2010 7:37 PM

Gray will probably be given a carrot for his agreeing to interview to satisfy the Rooney Rule. This is a back room payback deal...

Posted by: randysbailin | January 6, 2010 7:35 PM

congrats on your new gig mike, now bring on that wrecking ball....

Posted by: miked4 | January 6, 2010 7:29 PM

No respect here for Gray, or Blache -- who ran away from his responsibilities

Posted by: ML1001 | January 6, 2010 6:06 PM

jeez, let´s hope there's no room at the table for J Gray. This D.bag sould be fired along with the rest of the staff.

Posted by: bestmick1 | January 6, 2010 5:03 PM

So, Jerry Gray is to blame for the fact that Carlos Rogers can't catch the football?

Gray is also responsible for the interior scheme at DT that limits Albert Haynesworth?

Gray is the one that drafted Justin Tryon and Kevin Barnes with #4 and #3 picks only to see neither player make an impact as a rookie even on special teams in consecutive years?

I think most of you are forgetting that Gray was the DC in Buffalo and they did have a pretty aggressive scheme when he was there with Gregg Williams.

The fact Greg Blache ran a vanilla, bend but don't break defense, shouldn't be blamed on Gray.

When was the last time a secondary coach had any real veto power over what the DC wanted to do?

Posted by: leopard09 | January 6, 2010 3:48 PM

and THAT will label Shanahan as just another guy willing to accept the money while Snyder, and probably Vinny, still make all the decisions.



Dude,don't even joke about that or I will have you banned from the internetz. The idea of Vinny calling shots is scarier then the prospect of 2012.

Posted by: CapsXXVI | January 6, 2010 3:45 PM

If Gray is retained, it is proof that the Rooney rule is a joke! By the way, our cornerbacks and safties were also jokes!

Posted by: oakiedokie | January 6, 2010 3:43 PM

What was Gray's style in Buffalo? Personally I don't know who was responsible for the whole 10 yards off the line off scrimmage scheme but I doubt Gray had no input. Part of Shannahan's problem the last few years has been getting a good D-Coordinator, I think if we can get Zimmer it would be for the best. Actually I think I would rather have Haslet then Gray.

I guess in the end it depends on weather Gray is going to run a Gregg Williams type of attack or a Greg Blache bend don't break.

Posted by: CapsXXVI | January 6, 2010 3:42 PM

This is what I was worried about and now looks like it could be confirmed - Gray staying, i.e., the "thank you" gift for playing the stooge for the Rooney Rule.

Danny, Shanahan, the NFL, and Gray are all complicit with this. Shame on all of them.

Posted by: Section416akatheAlps | January 6, 2010 3:34 PM

Gray is a talking head back stabbing mouse that deserves to be cut loose quickly.

Posted by: Badwisky | January 6, 2010 3:28 PM

NO to Gray staying!!!
If he stays, then we all will know that nothing has changed. Snyder is still calling the shots, and THAT will label Shanahan as just another guy willing to accept the money while Snyder, and probably Vinny, still make all the decisions.


Posted by: scmonty1 | January 6, 2010 3:20 PM

I'm with Lavar Arrington who I just heard on the radio.

Arrington " I smell a rat, and you can probably smell it too sitting there in your car."

I sure could Lavar!!!

Posted by: jack_mo_99 | January 6, 2010 3:14 PM

The man has to go.

Posted by: DCUnited2 | January 6, 2010 2:48 PM

Gray has to go!!!

For better or worse he has become a symbol of all that has been and still is bad and corrupt with this team that wears Redskin uniforms.

If he is still around it is sure sign that things have not changed in any substantial way!

Posted by: dotto | January 6, 2010 2:19 PM

does anyone not see the tail wagging the dog here?

the vetting, the interviewing, the who's going to stay and go ALL of it was done before this week, this past month.

all this was reported a month ago: shanny being hired, having total control, gray interviewed, rooney rule met, shanny's son being his OC.

so to legitimize everything they made it seem like bruce allen actually interviewed shanny, they negotiated the "terms", and now his agent has been "summoned"...bruce allen using plural candidates talking about the next coach...
ALL THAT was for show

on sunday there were people out there that thought that this MIGHT not get done.

Posted by: dealer1 | January 6, 2010 2:00 PM

Have seen enough of Gray, from Gibbs to Zorn, he could not even coaches the secondary to play up to their level. The entire 2009 coaching staff must go otherwise ..........

Posted by: inva | January 6, 2010 1:55 PM

That was Greg Blache's Defense, and Jerry Gray coached accordingly.
I would think he's D wouldn't look quite the same...
Posted by: 4thFloor | January 6, 2010 12:38 PM

it was Jerry Gray who said "We didn't bring DeAngelo in here to tackle, we brought him in for his INTs"

Now when your secondary coach says that, along with all the other points mentioned above, I think its clear that he SUCKS like a $2 ho looking for her next fix.

Posted by: cstanton1 | January 6, 2010 1:26 PM

Ha ha ha...the fix is in, and the quid pro quo is complete. In Snyder's world, backstabbers get rewarded and promoted. I wonder how the new coaching staff will feel having a spy in their midst. Oh sure, give Shanahan complete autonomy, then put a spy in there so you can still monitor what's going on.

And on the field, I guess we can look forward to another year of Skins DB's biting on double moves and letting creaky, old QB's run them over.

Posted by: rooster75 | January 6, 2010 1:21 PM

Why keep him?...It would be the first personnel mistake of the Shanny Regime..

Players AND the Coaches wont trust him.

Posted by: cliftonbiz | January 6, 2010 1:19 PM

you beat me to it.. dang

Posted by: cliftonbiz | January 6, 2010 1:17 PM

No Jerry Gray. Our defense has not created turnovers since this scheme was put in place. Please no more of the same.

Posted by: sonofliberty09 | January 6, 2010 1:15 PM

Careful Mr. Snyder, If Gray stays and everyone else goes that could be misconstrued as a quid pro quo payoff by the Redskins for Gray's Rooney Rule performance.

Posted by: cliftonbiz | January 6, 2010 1:14 PM

I hope the redskins do not retain Mr. Grey. What has he done? Oh he tought Rogers to catch the ball. Or was it how to defend the double move. I don't see where he has done anything to keep him around. He was given good players, even established players and thier play was suspect all year long or longer.

So what has he done?

Posted by: skinsfan0524 | January 6, 2010 1:13 PM

Something new is in order. Gray of coarse is owed a upgrade for that stunt with the rooney rule. So Dan takes care of him by telling Shanny, we already got your D-coordinator. We (you and I) owe him a year for getting you here to get your 7 million so fast.

Posted by: Hackersk | January 6, 2010 1:12 PM

The Redskins might have been ranked highly in passing defense for the first half of the season, but they were AWFUL in the final three games. They couldn't stop anybody on third down, including the Chargers' backups. Gray definitely does not deserve a promotion.

Mike Zimmer would be a fantastic choice if he comes available.

Posted by: DCUMD | January 6, 2010 1:08 PM

I'd even give Gray the benefit of the doubt that the DB's were beat primarily because of Blache's "bend and eventually break" zone defense. What Gray SHOULD be held accountable for (and thus not re-hired), is his DB's inability to make a tackle or intercept a ball even if it hits them square in the chest.

Posted by: mmcghee701 | January 6, 2010 1:04 PM

And let's not forget how badly they are using Orakpo. When he is lined up as a DE, he is terrific. When a LB, he is good. Why line him up as a LB? I know nothing about coaching, but I can look at the stats and see the difference. When he is DE, he creates havoc in the backfield.

Posted by: PriorKnowledge | January 6, 2010 1:01 PM

OH NO! Not the old defense. They ran off LaVar and are doing the same to Albert. Maybe Albert should not have popped off to the media, but not using him for what he is built for is insane. And not even listening to his suggestions is egotistical.

Is a coach's ego and "system" more important than winning games?

Let's get someone fresh for DC.

Posted by: PriorKnowledge | January 6, 2010 12:57 PM

Of all the people on this staff who MUST go is this guy! He is the tarnished symbol of what a s%$#d up organization this has been and will be a constant reminder of the imorality and lack of class of Cerrado and Snyder.

Gray must go!!!!!!

Posted by: dotto | January 6, 2010 12:56 PM

Gray teaches technique. Blache had the CB's playing Deep. In no way was that Gray's Defense. And in Case you forgot we were number 1 in Pass defense until the Saints game.

Posted by: ryan_conaway | January 6, 2010 12:56 PM

I'm sure Jerry Gray is a decent guy - and he was put between a rock and a hard place when the owner asks you to interview - so I give him a pass on that. But, he was the secondary coach and I see the secondary as being a big reason for the Skins' troubles. It's third and six and they're playing twelve yards off their man. I'm not a football guy but even I could see which guys the QB was going to throw to before the play was run. I just think the Skins' suffered from a complete lack of real coaching on defense so I don't really see Jerry Gray as a defensive coordinator. That worries me. I think a fresh start with someone new would be in order.

Posted by: AsstGM | January 6, 2010 12:55 PM

Well, this story sure does confirm that things really have changed in DC!! HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!! Why even bother with a Rooney Rule or a Fritz Pollard Alliance when this whole sordid affair makes a mockery of it?

Shanahan will be gone in two years, people. Nothing has changed. $nyder is still CEO and President. And Jerry Gray as DC? There's a reason ME-Aneglo hall and the rest of the underacheiving secondary love him. What other secondary coach let's his players sit 15 yards off the receivers and doesn't take them to taks for horrific tackling?

I wonder if Shanahan was told this had to be done. Massa $nyder needs a few more dances.

Posted by: VeloStrummer | January 6, 2010 12:51 PM

of course he is staying. deal cut prior. agree to say you interviewed, you will keep a job here.

Posted by: t_shepard | January 6, 2010 12:44 PM

That was Greg Blache's Defense, and Jerry Gray coached accordingly.

I would think he's D wouldn't look quite the same...

Posted by: 4thFloor | January 6, 2010 12:38 PM

Maybe Jerry Gray is a good guy. Maybe he knows his football. But, from what I saw in the Redskins' secondary the past couple years, I believe he failed at his job.

Just some of the "results" of Gray's coaching: the inability to tackle a QB, being beat deep week after week and, aside from DeAngelo Hall, the secondary was unable to even accidentally catch interceptions thrown directly at them.

Gray deserves the same treatment as Zorn.

Posted by: archd3 | January 6, 2010 12:32 PM

1st to say that's the least they can do....

Posted by: 4thFloor | January 6, 2010 12:14 PM

Jerry Gray as DC? Maybe we can then have the DLine and Linebackers join the corners in playing 15 yards off the line? Seriously, Jerry Gray needs to go the way of the rest of the former coaching staff. Go get Zimmer and maybe we can get someone to get all this supposed talent on the defensive side to actually play somewhere near their talent level.

Posted by: innocentbystander | January 6, 2010 12:13 PM

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