- The Washington Times - Monday, January 30, 2006

The Washington Redskins needed just one day to replace departed cornerbacks coach DeWayne Walker, hiring former Buffalo defensive coordinator Jerry Gray yesterday.

Gray will hold the title of secondary/cornerbacks coach, while Steve Jackson will remain in charge of safeties. The job opened Sunday when Walker left to become defensive coordinator at UCLA.

“We are ecstatic to have a coach with the caliber and experience of Jerry Gray joining our staff,” assistant head coach-defense Gregg Williams said in a statement. “Obviously, I’m familiar with Jerry from our previous years together and know that he’s a great fit for our defense. He adds a new dynamic to our coaching staff and will help us continue to be one of the top defenses in the National Football League.”

Gray was the Bills’ defensive coordinator for five seasons (2001-05), including Williams’ three years as head coach. The two also coached together in Tennessee, and Gray was a teammate of Jackson’s with Houston/Tennessee.

The Bills’ defense rose from 21st to 15th to second under Gray and Williams. In 2004, when Williams was replaced by Mike Mularkey, Gray stayed on as coordinator, and the Bills again finished second in yards allowed.

Buffalo’s defense slipped to 29th this season. The Bills had only one winning season during Gray’s tenure, but he is considered a future head coaching candidate, and he interviewed with Houston earlier this month.

Gray resigned his post in Buffalo following Dick Jauron’s hiring as Bills coach last week.

Gray was the Tennessee secondary coach when Williams was the Titans’ defensive coordinator and then followed him to Buffalo.

Gray’s hiring means the Redskins have three former coordinators — Gray, line coach Greg Blache and linebackers coach Dale Lindsey — serving under Williams.

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