Redskins secondary coach Jerry Gray did his weekly interview session after today’s practice and the general topic was the University of Memphis coaching position.
Gray reportedly interviewed in Memphis on Monday night and Tuesday morning and Redskins players and assistant coaches are basically preparing to see Gray leave sooner rather than later if hired.
Gray was typically coy and mum about the potential opportunity.
“We’re getting ready for Philly,” he said. “That’s what’s out there.”
Asked if he had been offered the job, Gray said, “By who?”
He added, “We’re playing Philly this week. Philadelphia Eagles. They had a guy who burned us for two touchdowns last time. We have to defend No. 10 and No. 18.”
Gray did open up a little bit when asked in general about being a head coach.
*(Gray was asked if it’s difficult to focus on the Eagles when other things are going on in his life): “When there are a lot of distractions going on, I tend to focus a lot more and hone out everything else. That’s why you find the better teams win around the holidays because family is coming and there’s all this stuff and they can hone in what they need to do.
*(Gray was asked about what he can take to the NFL if he were to go an extended vacation to Memphis): “The thing you have to do is look around and say, ‘Nine years playing, 13 years coaching,’ and all those things add up. You have professional players and if you have to do a thing like ‘extended vacation’ or do a couple of other things, you take your experience and apply it someplace else. If you’ve done a great job over a long period of time, that guy is going to do a better job in a bigger role.”
*(On knowing when he was ready to be a head coach): “To me, you’ll know when it’s your time. That’s all. There will people trying to get you so that’s your time.”
Said coach Jim Zorn: “He’s an excellent person. He’s got character. He’s very committed to the program he’s in and very committed to us. I wouldn’t go into all the Memphis stuff because I don’t know all the details.”
If Gray leaves, it’s expected safeties coach Steve Jackson will assume the entire secondary. Defensive quality control coach Chip Garber also has several years of experience coaching the secondary.
From practice …
*As expected, DT Albert Haynesworth (ankle), CB DeAngelo Hall (knee), RB Clinton Portis (concussion) and TE Chris Cooley (ankle) did not practice. Zorn has labeled Haynesworth and Hall as questionable.
*If Hall can’t play, Carlos Rogers will get the start opposite Fred Smoot and Justin Tryon would remain the nickel back.
*TE Todd Yoder was added to the injury list with a toe injury. He did not practice.
*RG Edwin Williams will be the Redskins’ fifth starting RG (Thomas, Rinehart, M. Williams, W. Montgomery) when he makes his first NFL start on Sunday.
*OL Mike Williams (ankle) will be available but in a reserve role.
*RB Marcus Mason, re-signed on Monday night, will be active on Sunday.
— Ryan O’Halloran