Not a lot of posts from me today (none actually) — had the 5:15 a.m. wake-up call in Dallas, 2 1/2-hour flight and arrived at Redskin Park about 4 minutes after Jim Zorn’s press conference started.
Here’s the news of the day:
* The Memphis Commercial Appeal is reporting that Redskins secondary coach Jerry Gray and LSU assistant head coach Larry Porter are finalists for the head coaching job.
Jim Zorn declined comment after the Dallas game when asked about Gray’s potential opportunity and Gray himself initally declined comment but said, “We’ll talk about that later.”
That might be at the introductory press conference. One Redskins source “wasn’t sure” if Gray had interviewed once or multiple times with the Tigers.
The Commerical Appeal also discovered the connection between Gray and Memphis. Redskins part owner Fred Smith, who also founded the Memphis-based FedEx, has a son, Cannon, who will compete for the starting quarterback job next year. Cannon Smith sat out this year after transferring from the University of Miami.
The C-A reports Porter interviewed for the job last week and has been seen as the favorite all along because of his recruiting reputation and the fact he’s a Memphis alum.
*As we had earlier on the blog, RB Ladell Betts, RG Chad Rinehart and FB Eddie Williams are headed for injured reserve. Jim Zorn said Marcus Mason will be asked back to be the third running back behind Rock Cartwright and Quinton Ganther. Expect the Redskins to look at their own practice squad and the rest of the league to fill the other spots.
*CB DeAngelo Hall (MCL) may miss the Philadelphia game. Carlos Rogers would go from banished starter to at least the third corner if Hall can’t go. It will be interesting to see if Justin Tryon starts ahead of Rogers.
*I would be surprised if TE Chris Cooley returns at all this season. He visited the doctor today and was told to keep his cast on for 10 days. Figuring 10 days plus two weeks of rehab to get back into playing shape — that leaves only two games left in the regular season.
*Ditto for RB Clinton Portis. He’s been ruled out for Philadelphia and has yet to practice.
*Zorn defended the first-half decision to kick a field goal (which was no good) with 15 seconds remaining instead of taking another shot.
“With 21 seconds to go, we did take a shot and they had five guys back and I took a shot to the end zone with five different guys and then with 15 seconds left, no timeouts, I couldn’t risk either getting sacked, I couldn’t risk completing the ball in bounds and getting a last second field goal,” he said. “I thought the smart thing to do was take a field goal right there in field goal range.”
*Zorn on the Dallas defeat: “It’s the most recent frustration. I think it’s hard to lose any game and this one is the most fresh so the wounds are hard to try to heal up. This was a harder one because it was a divisional opponent and we went down there and had a chance to win but I woiuld never say, ‘Yeah, it’s just another loss,’ This was as big a loss during our season as any of these.”
*Zorn on K Shaun Suisham: “He missed two field goals and they were an impact on the game as they all are. He has to get right back at it and make the next one. If it calls for him to kick a field goal, I’m going to call it and I expect him to make it and I think he has that expectation himself.”
— Ryan O’Halloran