Monday, January 11, 2010
Shanahan working on coaching staff
By Dan Graziano
Redskins coach Mike Shanahan has given his temporary coaching staff off until Wednesday. He spent last Thursday interviewing members of Jim Zorn's staff and he plans to let them know quickly about their status. Of all the current assistants, I think that secondary coach Jerry Gray has the best chance of being retained. He's being considered to replace Greg Blache as defensive coordinator, a role that Gray once filled in Buffalo under Gregg Williams and Mike Mularkey.
I spoke with quarterback Jason Campbell last night and he's looking forward to visiting with Shanahan. At this point, Campbell's used to learning a new system on an almost annual basis, but he's especially excited about Shanahan because of his reputation for being a quarterback guru. People from across the league have called Campbell to tell him how fortunate he is to have Shanahan taking over.
Campbell had just hung up with his former college teammate at Auburn, Karlos Dansby, who snatched a fumble out of the air and raced 17 yards to give the Cardinals a 51-45 win over the Packers in Sunday's wild-card playoff game. I'll be at Valley Ranch for a couple of hours. Let's meet back here this afternoon.