NFC East: J.P. Losman
Keep in mind that the Redskins just released backup quarterback Todd Collins, who led Washington to the playoffs in '08. And there's always the Jeff Garcia option, although he's never really fancied himself as a backup. Mark Brunell had a great influence in the Saints' locker room. He's be a good option -- as long as he wasn't called upon to play more than a game or two.
I think you'd feel a lot safer with Collins or Garcia. Then you could try to get Bomar ready for the No. 2 job. Here are some other candidates off the league's official unrestricted free-agent list: Panthers QB Josh McCown, Lions QB Patrick Ramsey, Texans QB Rex Grossman (likely headed to Redskins because of Kyle Shanahan), Dolphins QB Chad Pennington (Hmmm...), Steelers QB Charlie Batch, Rams QB Kyle Boller.
Another possibility is former Bills quarterback J.P. Losman.
Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley
Washington Redskins secondary coach Jerry Gray has been given permission to talk to the Detroit Lions about their head-coaching vacancy, according to the Washington Post. Gray was defensive coordinator in Buffalo for five years before joining Washington in 2006. I used to watch him play at the University of Texas before he went onto a nine-year playing career with the Rams, Oilers and Bucs.
He was a shining star in the coaching community when he took over the Bills defense and he actually had some solid seasons before the Mike Mularkey-led team went 5-11 in 2005 while Kelly Holcomb and J.P. Losman were splitting time at quarterback. Gray had linebackers Takeo Spikes and London Fletcher on that team. And Nate Clements was the star cornerback. He's coached the Redskins' excellent safeties the past three seasons and I thought he did a really nice job of integrating DeAngelo Hall into the secondary midway through the 2008 season.
Gray's interview will allow the Lions to satisfy the Rooney Rule, but hopefully it will be about more than that. Gray's succeeded in some tough situations, and the way he held the secondary together in the aftermath of Sean Taylor's death in 2007 was pretty remarkable. For a while, he could barely speak when he'd show game film that included Taylor. A really, really solid guy and coach.