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."
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