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Gray won't clarify matter of a Redskins interview

So secondary coach Jerry Gray may or may not have interviewed for Jim Zorn's coaching job. Quick recap: He told the Fritz Pollard Alliance that he did; he's told several others that he hasn't. He's told the media a few different, confusing things. If you were expecting clarity to come out of today's media availability with Jerry Gray, you were betting on the wrong horse.

"I appreciate the question," Gray said today, "but I'm not going to comment on it right now."

Today's exchange wasn't long, so I'll just offer the short transcript.

Question: Last week you seemed to tell us we should go to the source to clear up some of this information about whether or not you interviewed. If you're not going to comment now, can you tell us why you're not able to comment?

Gray: Again, it's a great question, but not commenting.

Question: Is there a point in the near future when you think you'll be able to comment on this?

Gray: Maybe one of these days.

Question: Do you feel like the reports that are out there right now are inaccurate?

Gray: Not going to comment. Sorry.

Question: Has this hurt your relationship with Coach Zorn?

Gray: No. We've talked. Coach Zorn and I have talked. And I've answered that question in the past about me and Coach Zorn talking. And to me, I think we've got a good relationship. And by the way, I did pick him up last Saturday, headed over to the hotel, like we always do every Saturday. So I don't think if the relationship was kind of batty, I think he would have told me, 'No, Jerry, don't come this week.' So it didn't happen.

By Rick Maese  |  December 31, 2009; 1:27 PM ET
 
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Jerry Gray: moron, or gigantic moron?

Posted by: NateinthePDX | December 31, 2009 1:39 PM | Report abuse

First, for the first time!

Face it: He interviewed for the job, but he doesn't want to confirm it because of his existing relationship with Zorn.

What I want to know if what kind of incentive is there to interview for the job WHILE Zorn is still there.

Posted by: gwelsh | December 31, 2009 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Jerry Gray: moron, or gigantic moron?

Posted by: NateinthePDX | December 31, 2009 1:39 PM | Report abuse

I feel bad for the guy, I think he went into this thing with blinders on and its gonna screw him in the end.

Posted by: alex35332 | December 31, 2009 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Face it: He interviewed for the job, but he doesn't want to confirm it because of his existing relationship with Zorn.

What I want to know is what kind of incentive is there to interview for the job WHILE Zorn is still there?

Posted by: gwelsh | December 31, 2009 1:44 PM | Report abuse

The Redskins will not sign Campbell, makes no sense for either him or the team. But they will extend him a minimum tender offer and then he gets to see what the market will bear.

There are 2-3 teams that might be interested in him. He is an affordable QB for the short term.

Worst case as I see it he is either back for a good $$ value or we get a 2nd or 3rd round pick and maybe a 4th for him.

Also, I would not be suprised to see at least two other playes get moved for picks before draft day.

Posted by: noonefromtampa | December 31, 2009 1:25 PM


Posted by: noonefromtampa | December 31, 2009 1:30 PM

Posted by: noonefromtampa | December 31, 2009 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Also, A LOT of people here need to watch the GM/Coaches show they do on NFLN.

All of them say pretty much the same thing about rebuilding. Start with O-line and D-line and work out from there. There are a lot of value RBs, WRs, and QBS, in rounds 3-5.

If you already have a good team then you draft your game changer in the 1st round.

Posted by: noonefromtampa | December 31, 2009 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Why are we still talking about Gray, who in his unit ever been to pro bowl? A unit that can't even cover their grandma if necessary.

Posted by: abxinc | December 31, 2009 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, I hear you, Alex.

I find it hard to have too much sympathy for guys who get themselves in this sort of pickle with their own words.

Gray had a bunch of options in how to communicate all this, and the path he took (as far as I can see) was to contradict himself, which caused all this hoo-hah...

Posted by: NateinthePDX | December 31, 2009 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Damn....

The Post will now try to claim monopoly over Redskin Coverage...

Shame...

I hope Elfin and O'Halloran land softly somewhere else....We can not depend on just one source of info....

Elfin to da Post!

Posted by: 4thFloor | December 31, 2009 2:00 PM | Report abuse

On the safety in number of safeties topic (the last thread) I find it helpful to remember that Chris Horton will be back next season, and he has demonstrated some ability at safety...

And hey, while we're at it:

HAPPY BIRTHDAY JASON CAMPBELL! 28 years young today!

Posted by: NateinthePDX | December 31, 2009 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Okay help me out people...I'm trying to differentiate between a moron and a chooch.

?


Posted by: _Stumped_ | December 31, 2009 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Maybe Jerry Gray has a job lined up in NO or wherever Gregg Williams lands next year. Or maybe he is moving to the college level. Otherwise, his willingness to interview for the HC position while Zorn is still coach will put a big chill on his NFL coaching career.

Posted by: gilk | December 31, 2009 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Oh, and is the blog officially in off-season mode, or do we have to wait until the end of the game?

Dan is already in off-season mode, why should we have to wait?

Posted by: _Stumped_ | December 31, 2009 2:12 PM | Report abuse

It's funny because anyone with half a brain knows he interviewed for the job.

"No" = "No"
"No comment" = "Yes"

If he didn't, he would just say he didn't, because there's 0 issues with doing that from his standpoint.

Only alternative is that Snyder told him "Please make it look like we interviewed you, even though we wont". Which is ludicrous for a myriad of reasons.

So I don't know why it's even being floated as a possibility that he didn't.

Posted by: REXskins | December 31, 2009 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Gray was interviewed by Cerrato, and now Allen has told him not to talk about it. That's the only sense I can make of this.

Posted by: SkinsfaninNebraska | December 31, 2009 2:22 PM | Report abuse

To comply with the Rooney Rule, Snyder should have interviewed Beetlejuice from the Howard Stern Show, Grady from Sanford & Son and ReRun from What's Happening.

Posted by: c_e_daniel | December 31, 2009 2:23 PM | Report abuse

So dead up here it must still be on-season mode.

Posted by: _Stumped_ | December 31, 2009 2:24 PM | Report abuse

People are leaving early for the holiday.

NOT THIS GUY.

Posted by: REXskins | December 31, 2009 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Is Rogers a restricted free agent in an uncapped year?

Or is he a free agent either way?

Posted by: REXskins | December 31, 2009 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Stumped, I'm guilty of using chooch and moron interchangeably, though I suspect chooches are technically a subset of morons.

A subset most likely to be encountered in a setting largely populated by Italian-Americans, since supposedly chooch is derived from "ciucchio," which is supposedly Italian for donkey (according to the internets). Plus it just sounds like the kind of thing you'd hear someone call someone in, say, New Jersey, doesn't it?

Posted by: NateinthePDX | December 31, 2009 2:28 PM | Report abuse

This cat is a jerk. His secondary sucks and he sold out Zorn while allowing himselfp to be used as a minority HC candidate so Snyder can show "evidence" of complying by looking at a "Brother" to achieve his numbers. Doe's anyone think he was ever seriously considered as a legitimate option at HC?

Posted by: jshavatt | December 31, 2009 2:28 PM | Report abuse

A moron is stupid. A cocha smells like fish.

Posted by: DikShuttle | December 31, 2009 2:30 PM | Report abuse

When Cerrto resigned, as it is clear that a new coach is coming in next year, Snyder should have fired Zorn then there--and installed an interim coach. I don't see what point there is in putting Zorn through the misery any more. In fact, if Snyder honestly had been planning to get rid of Zorn all along, he should have done it at the bye.

Posted by: jiacinto | December 31, 2009 2:30 PM | Report abuse

The only reasoning (not that the FO HAS any) I can see is that by keeping Zoron, you pretty much guarantee loosing out the season - solidifying better draft pix...

...anyone? Beuhler? Beuhler?...

Posted by: DikShuttle | December 31, 2009 2:32 PM | Report abuse

I see a local derivation of the generic moron.

You and Etrod are doing ground breaking work.

(Last Night It Snowed, Ass Ponys)

Posted by: _Stumped_ | December 31, 2009 2:32 PM | Report abuse

"A LOT of people here need to watch the GM/Coaches show they do on NFLN."


I watch the show.

Some of the personalities also feel Jason Campbell can play the quarterback position: he just hasn't had the consistent blocking and playmakers to make things happen for him.

Not that I agree or disagree.

I'm just saying.

Posted by: MistaMoe | December 31, 2009 2:37 PM | Report abuse

* beep beep *

new post, y'all.

Posted by: NateinthePDX | December 31, 2009 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Dik,
I disagree. Our season was over by the bye (song title anyone?), and the only way to attract a new head coach was to let Zorn play it out.

Posted by: _Stumped_ | December 31, 2009 2:38 PM | Report abuse

I prefer the all-encompassing "F*cktard"

Posted by: Original_etrod | December 31, 2009 2:40 PM | Report abuse

What are Gray and Zorny doing at the Hotel? Not that there is anything wrong with that!

Posted by: diamond_jim | December 31, 2009 2:51 PM | Report abuse

gray is not a moron bc he will head a head coach at some level very soon... zorn will never be a head coach at any level ever again!!!

Posted by: jimmy_the_crickett | December 31, 2009 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Very, very gray answers.

Posted by: getitritegov | December 31, 2009 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Why can't he say "Yes" or "No'. Maybe this is one of the reasons the players are confused, when their coaches can't answer a simple question.

Posted by: jmy999 | December 31, 2009 3:47 PM | Report abuse

ENOUGH ABOOUT GRAY AND WHETHER OR NOT HE HAD AN INTERVIEW!!!!!!!! ZORN AND HIM WILL BE GONE SUNDAY EVENING , PLEASE LET THIS NON STORY GO AND FOCUS ON WHO REALLY IS GOING TO BE THE NEXT COACH.

I HOPE TODD MCSHAY IS WRONG WHEN HE SAID IF THE DRAFT WERE TODAY THE REDSKINS PICKING NUMBER 4 WOULD TAKE A QUARTERBACK..

THAT'S CRAZY WE NEED THAT HIGHLY RATED LEFT TACKLE WHO IS COMING OUT OF RUTGERS WITHOUT QUALITY LINEMAN IT DOESN'T MATTER HOW TALENTED A QUARTERBACK IS

Posted by: TheBeatDontStop | December 31, 2009 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone realize how soon all of this will fade when the Redskins lose to the Chargers 28-0 and Shanahan is hired next week?

Geez.....there is nothing to report on as far as the players go, so I guess this is the media's attempt to let us know they are still out there.

Is anyone really intersted in this?

Now, if Snyder had NOT interviewed Gray and had tried to ignore the Rooney Rule then there might be more of an issue there to be discussed.

But Zorn is history. Who cares if his feelings are hurt by Gray interviewing or not?

Posted by: leopard09 | December 31, 2009 4:29 PM | Report abuse

They say the interview occured when Cerrato was still in charge, so I think the plan was to fire Zorn during the season, so they interviewed Gray to become the interim coach. I think the interview occured around the time that Greg Blache stopped talking to the media. I think Gray decided he didn't want to go out like Terry Robiskie, and declined to become the interim coach. So the next best move for Cerrato was to strip Zorn of the playcalling duties and give them to Sherm Lewis.

Posted by: ronz | December 31, 2009 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Back stabbing S.O.B. needs to go! Yes you can be a head coach (jimmy the crickett) and also be a moron as we can see in this NFL!

Posted by: vexed50verizonnet | December 31, 2009 4:54 PM | Report abuse

This cat is a jerk. His secondary sucks and he sold out Zorn while allowing himselfp to be used as a minority HC candidate so Snyder can show "evidence" of complying by looking at a "Brother" to achieve his numbers. Doe's anyone think he was ever seriously considered as a legitimate option at HC?

Posted by: jshavatt | December 31, 2009 2:28 PM | Report abuse

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Well, if we didn't have a token rule... there would be no need for a token, would there?

Seriously, Snyder is making a mockery of the rule because it is the way the rule is set up... who said anything about the candidate needing to be legitimate? then you think, do we still need this rule? but one guy keeps coming to mind, would Tomlin be the coach of the Steelers if not for the Rooney rule? I don't think anyone knew who he was prior to his hire outside of Minnesota...

Posted by: tony325 | December 31, 2009 4:58 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if Danny offered Gray a xmas bonus to interview for a job with no pretense whatsoever that he could actually get it?

On the other hand, Gray saw exactly how Zorn fell assbackward into the gig. Maybe he figures if he can endure a few sleepovers at Dan's potomac mansion, he very well could get the job if/when all the big names say thanks but no thanks to a meddling owner

Posted by: divi3 | December 31, 2009 5:25 PM | Report abuse

Jerry Gray is an Uncle Tom, the Rooney rule was put in place to give minorities a real chance at head coaching jobs, Jerry Gray stole this chance from a coach with dignity.

Posted by: peteywheatstraw | December 31, 2009 5:47 PM | Report abuse

Media-created story of no import. Ten days from now, this will be long gone.

Posted by: PS7900 | December 31, 2009 5:51 PM | Report abuse

Maybe Gray interviewed for the job thinking the Skins were planning to fire Zorn three or four weeks ago and he would at least be the interim head coach.

IMO, the Rooney rule is a relic of a bygone era. Owners should be allowed to interview and hire who they please. The politically correct version of the rule should require an interview with at least one coach from every race...

Posted by: siris | December 31, 2009 6:09 PM | Report abuse

Maybe Gray interviewed for the job thinking the Skins were planning to fire Zorn three or four weeks ago and he would at least be the interim head coach.

IMO, the Rooney rule is a relic of a bygone era. Owners should be allowed to interview and hire who they please. The politically correct version of the rule should require an interview with at least one coach from every race...

Posted by: siris | December 31, 2009 6:10 PM | Report abuse

When will you people learn? Jerry Gray isn't a moron, we are. We are, for caring. The worst thing for this franchise would be for us not to care. All this piss and vinegar keeps the conversation going.

Do yourselves a favor, get a fantasy football team. That Red Zone Channel might have saved you from 12 angry Sundays (come on you knew they would lose the Philly Monday game didn't you?).

I could stand the losing if Dan Snyder could stop pretending he gave a poo about us. He could start by not insulting us the three times he decides to talk during the season. Maybe instead of being every player's best friend, he could stop getting pissed at his coaches and start getting pissed at his players. Maybe Danny could talk to the media without putting subjects off limits and start dealing with the tough questions. I call them tough, but no question when dealing with a football team is that tough. At the end of the day he or the new "YES MAN", Mr. Allen could start shooting straight and tell us the truth of what really goes on at "DANNY PARK".

Opps, I forgot, my original piece of advice is not to care.

Posted by: llamawin | December 31, 2009 6:28 PM | Report abuse

Why are we still talking about Gray, who in his unit ever been to pro bowl? A unit that can't even cover their grandma if necessary.

Posted by: abxinc | December 31, 2009 1:52 PM |
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Sean Taylor would be the answer to number one and #5 in the NFL in pass defense certainly conflicts with your BS statement now doesn't it!!

Posted by: dkidwell61 | December 31, 2009 6:51 PM | Report abuse

Jerry Gray is an Uncle Tom, the Rooney rule was put in place to give minorities a real chance at head coaching jobs, Jerry Gray stole this chance from a coach with dignity.

Posted by: peteywheatstraw | December 31, 2009 5:47 PM |
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What an idiot!!!!! What "chance"!!?? What "coach with dignity"???
Take your race baiting hatred somewhere else you fool!!!

Posted by: dkidwell61 | December 31, 2009 6:54 PM | Report abuse

Jerry Gray, like everyone else who works for Snyder (including his goon squad) or pays to see his sorry team, is being played for a chump. Just another example of the total lack of integrity by Snyder and his toadies.

Posted by: SackMan | December 31, 2009 6:59 PM | Report abuse

What most of you fail to realize is that Synder put Gray in a position where he had to take the interview. How many of you would have said no to the interview being a black NFL assistant coach where those interviews are few and far between? Why didn't Synder wait til after the season to interview Gray? Whats the rush? Don't blame Gray, blame Synder.

Posted by: armorgan2 | January 1, 2010 12:14 AM | Report abuse

Wouldn't it be perversely amusing if any of the following occur next week at a Redskins news conference? (1) Zorn is fired and the new coach is announced: Jerry Gray. (2) Bruce Allen announces that Zorn has just signed a 10 year deal to remain in place as the Skins head coach
(3) Dan Snyder introduces the Skins next head coach: Joe Gibbs (4) There isn't a news conference and the team moves to Los Angeles in the dead of night (5) Dan Snyder announces that he's sold the team to Ted Leonsis (6) Roger Goodell holds a news conference announcing that Dan Snyder has been ordered to sell the team due to his gross incompetence...

Posted by: randysbailin | January 1, 2010 4:50 AM | Report abuse

Jerry Gray: There will be no money, but when you are fired next week, you will receive total consciousness.

Posted by: lard_lad | January 1, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse

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