The Washington Times - December 29, 2008, 05:26PM

A league source has confirmed what the, Pro Football Talk and ESPN have been reporting throughout the day — Redskins secondary coach Jerry Gray will be the first candidate interviewed for the Detroit Lions‘ vacant head coaching job. (Earlier: Lions reportedly set to interview Jerry Gray)

Rod Marinelli was fired Monday after the Lions went 0-16.


Gray, who just completed his third season with the Redskins, was previously the Buffalo defensive coordinator.

Gray will fulfill the Rooney Rule stipulation that requires teams to interview at least one minority candidate but don’t rule him out as a serious candidate. He was a well respected coordinator with the Bills, is a former Pro Bowl player and is respected by his players.

Gray and new Detroit GM Martin Mayhew were teammates with Tampa Bay in 1993. Mayhew started his career with the Redskins.