The Washington Times - December 29, 2008, 02:08PM

One of Jim Zorn‘s talking points today centered on the coaching staff. The group is scheduled to have meetings today, Tuesday and on Wednesday, and Zorn said his “preference would be to bring everyone back.”

However, there’s already a report out that one of his coaches may be in line for an interview for a head coaching position.


According to the fine folks at, the Detroit Lions have received permission from the Washington Redskins to interview secondary coach Jerry Gray for its head coaching vacancy.

The Lions, fresh off a 0-16 masterpiece, fired coach Rod Marinelli this morning and promoted former Redskins cornerback Martin Mayhew to general manager, the position he’d been filling on an interim basis since they team started cleaning house earlier this season (when it fired Matt Millen). The team also jettisoned a number of assistant coaches while shuffling some others around.

One good thing about that Lions job: As we reported earlier, the Lions will have two first round picks, including the first overall selection. Another good thing: Megatron.

Gray, 45, just finished his third season with the Redskins after spending five with the Buffalo Bills. He was Buffalo’s defensive coordinator from 2001 to 2005, though during those first three seasons his mentor, Gregg Williams, was the team’s head coach. Gray played nine seasons in the NFL with the Rams, Oilers and Bucs.

- John Taylor