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Players, coaches give Gray high marks

Although secondary coach Jerry Gray has not been officially named the new head coach at the University of Memphis, Redskins players and coaches today expressed confidence he would excel in that role.

"It's good. It's an opportunity," cornerback Carlos Rogers said. "I know him kinda more than just being my defensive back coach. I think he'll do a really good job down there."

Gray is highly respected in the organization. He is considered an excellent teacher and he is extremely organized, which are among the reasons many at the complex would express a sigh of relief if the Tigers went in another direction.

But that seems unlikely given the support Gray is believed to have received from Redskins minority owner and Memphis booster Frederick W. Smith, who is chairman, president and chief executive officer of FedEx. "Just like everyone else who's been here and has moved on, we'll continue on," safeties coach Steve Jackson said. "We have a foundation and some beliefs about defensive football that we instill in the guys and we'll continue to do that."

But Gray has contributed a lot to the Redskins' defensive success since he joined the staff before the 2006 season, Jackson said.

"He's a leader. He's very knowledgeable about the game and he's a leader," Jackson said. "He knows the game inside-out. He's been around it his whole life.

"He's been successful as a player. He can relate to the players. I don't really see any weaknesses."

Coach Jim Zorn declined to discuss the mechanics of what would occur with the coaching staff if Gray accepted the job and requested to leave immediately to assume his new duties. "He's an excellent person," Zorn said. "He's got character.

"He's a very committed guy to the program that he's in. He's very committed to us, and I appreciate him working on our staff. I wouldn't go into all the Memphis stuff, because I don't know all the details."

Recruiting is the key to success in college football, and that means communication is important.

"He's a great communicator with the players. He relates to them very well," Zorn said. "He's very intelligent when it comes to schemes. ... All the things that you want in an excellent football coach, he's an excellent teacher."

By Jason Reid  |  November 25, 2009; 4:21 PM ET
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Comments

"I know him kinda more than just being my defensive back coach... just to cite one example, we've really bonded through our common interest in philately -- that's the study of stamps, not stamp collecting, if you're not familiar with the term..."

Posted by: NateinthePDX | November 25, 2009 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Hello, testes testes is this thing on? Have a nice thanksgiving you freakin Bamas.

Posted by: PAskinsfan17 | November 25, 2009 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Haynesworth misses another practice
Posted by Mike Florio on November 25, 2009 4:24 PM ET
Redskins defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth, who missed Sunday's one-point loss to the Cowboys with a sprained ankle, was unable to practice on Wednesday as he contends with that same injury.

Also missing practice for the Redskins were cornerback DeAngelo Hall (knee) and tight end Todd Yoder (foot).

Per Rich Tandler of CSNWashington.com, the coach Jim Zorn said that Haynesworth has been working on a treadmill in order to improve flexibility in his wounded ankle, which also might be keeping him from driving his cars really, really fast. Allegedly.

Already ruled out are running back Clinton Portis (concussion) and tight end Chris Cooley (ankle).

Posted by: Curzon417 | November 25, 2009 4:43 PM | Report abuse

"He's a very committed guy to the program that he's in. He's very committed to us, and I appreciate him working on our staff. I wouldn't go into all the Memphis stuff, because I don't know all the details."

Instead of hemming and hawing like a buffoon on just about any topic, I'd like to see Zorn just start mixing it up. Flip that aw-shucks earnest sincerity on its ear. Tell outrageous lies, indulge in silliness, launch into meandering stories, spout extreme opinions... anything would be better than his useless mushmouthing.

Posted by: NateinthePDX | November 25, 2009 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Hmm... I asked a similar question above about running backs... if Yoda can't go on Sunday due to whatever this foot ailment is, who suits up at tight end aside from Fred Davis?

I thought we had an extra TE or FB on the practice squad, but the redskins.com roster says I was wrong on that.

Paging Lorenzo Alexander... Lorenzo Alexander, please pick up the maroon courtesy phone...

Posted by: NateinthePDX | November 25, 2009 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Per Rich Tandler of CSNWashington.com, the coach Jim Zorn said that Haynesworth has been working on a treadmill...

Posted by: Curzon417 | November 25, 2009 4:43 PM

"the coach Jim Zorn"
Not "the HEAD coach Jim Zorn"
Just "the coach Jim Zorn"

Appropriate.

Posted by: 4-12 | November 25, 2009 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Oh, yeah, I guess either one of the fullbacks could do time at TE, or at RB for that matter... er, Jonathan Evans?

Posted by: NateinthePDX | November 25, 2009 4:56 PM | Report abuse

cheap cheap

Posted by: Curzon417 | November 25, 2009 5:01 PM | Report abuse

"Gray...is considered an excellent teacher"

Hmmm. How well has he taught two Top 10 Draft Picks to stop The Big Play (see Denver and Philly) and intercept passes? Very poorly, I'd say. Not sure why the super high regard for Jerry Gray. He has Landry and Rogers back there, and they are both rapidly approaching Draft Bust status. So either we blame the bad picks on Vinny, or we recognize some blame should fall at Jerry's feet as a bad coach.

Just like Danny Smith, no matter how badly the results on the field, there are certain coaches who never seem to be assigned any blame from the WaPo writers. Bizarre.

Posted by: sgmd | November 25, 2009 8:56 PM | Report abuse

Let them go. It is easier to replace these bad coaches with better coaches. Anyhow, as commented after the Lions game that "the entire coaching staff should be fired".

Posted by: inva | November 25, 2009 11:20 PM | Report abuse

"Paging Lorenzo Alexander... Lorenzo Alexander, please pick up the maroon courtesy phone..."

That was niiice.

Posted by: XCountryTrevor | November 26, 2009 4:38 AM | Report abuse

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