Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Report: Redskins' Gray to land Memphis job
By Dan Graziano
Redskins secondary coach Jerry Gray will become the head coach at Memphis, according to ESPN.com's Joe Schad. Gray interviewed with Memphis officials Monday and Tuesday and an announcement will probably be made after the Tigers' final game.
No word on whether Gray will finish the season with the Skins, but I'm betting owner Dan Snyder will let him out of his contract to jump into the recruiting process. The founder of FedEx is a powerful Memphis booster and he has ties to the Redskins organization. And Schad reports that former Redskins coach Joe Gibbs also spoke on Gray's behalf.
Gray was the defensive coordinator for the Bills from 2001 to 2005 and he's currently presiding over the No. 1-ranked passing defense in the league (161 yards per game). I've known Gray over the years and we've talked about his interest in returning to the college game. I think Gray would've likely been the interim head coach for the Redskins if Snyder had fired Jim Zorn during the season. For Gray's sake, it's probably a good thing that didn't happen.
Safeties coach Steve Jackson would probably take over as Redskins secondary coach if Gray goes ahead and leaves the team during the season.