Titans Gray first known Colts' candidate

January, 18, 2012
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The first candidate for the Colts newly open coaching job to become known is Titans defensive coordinator Jerry Gray.

Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean tweeted that Indianapolis asked for and received permission to talk to Gray, who’s already interviewed for the open job in Tampa Bay.

It would be a surprise if Gray was a top candidate. A year ago he couldn’t find an NFL job and was lining up to coach defensive backs at the University of Texas, his alma mater.

Then Jeff Fisher and the Titans divorced in Tennessee, Mike Munchak got promoted and the Titans new coach lured Gray back. He had mixed results in his first season back with a franchise where he was once secondary coach.

The Colts past two head coaches, Tony Dungy and Jim Caldwell, have been African-American. Gray’s interview will fulfill the franchise’s obligation to talk with a minority candidate about the open post.

He surely sees the potential to knock the Colts off their feet and earn the job.

Colts general manager Ryan Grigson will certainly enjoy getting to know Gray. And while doing so, as a side benefit, I suspect he’ll also enjoy learning all he can about the defense of a division opponent.

Paul Kuharsky | email

ESPN Tennessee Titans reporter

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