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Some clarity -- sort of -- on the Jerry Gray situation

Secondary coach Jerry Gray again declined to comment on reports he has interviewed for the Redskins' head coaching position that Jim Zorn still occupies, but Gray revealed he has spoken with Zorn about the situation and they are "on the same page," Gray said after practice today at Redskins Park.

"Jim and I have had a discussion and the thing that we've discussed is don't let this distract us about what we're doing," Gray said during his weekly media session to discuss the defense. "That's been one of our main deals.

"I know it came up last week, 'Oh, well, what's going on with the staff?' We're together. Trust me. We're going to be together. We've got two more weeks to be together. And then whatever happens, happens."

After Monday's 45-12 loss to the New York Giants, Gray declined to discuss whether he had met with team officials about the position that Zorn has held the last two seasons. Owner Daniel Snyder is expected to fire Zorn after the season and hire former Denver Broncos coach Mike Shanahan as team president and coach, many in the organization believe.

Asked today whether he had interviewed for the head coaching job, Gray, who was a finalist for the University of Memphis position in November, initially said, "No." When pressed about the situation by a reporter, Gray did not deny interviewing.

He seemed to backtrack on his initial response, saying simply: "The conversation is between [Jim] and I. That's what we're going to do. Let's move on, go to the next level and get ready for Dallas."

Given the contradictory information, reporters sought further clarification following Gray's media availability, but the coach waved off reporters. So reporters asked the team's public relations staff members to clarify. They returned to say Gray didn't mean "no;" he meant "no comment."

Here's what the PR staff relayed to reporters: "Any conversation that I have is between me and Jim," according to a quote attributed to Gray. "We're on the same page."

By Jason Reid  |  December 23, 2009; 5:06 PM ET
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Posted by: GreatOne1 | December 23, 2009 5:18 PM | Report abuse

I love it - other than the offensive line, the biggest weakness of the Redskins is our secondary. Yet Gray somehow is a head coaching candidate? What a joke. Our secondary is the only young part of the Skins, and thus, needs the greatest amount of coaching...coaching that is pathetic.

Gray is a joke of a secondary coach and I doubt that translates to any sort of head coaching qualifications. He simply satisfies the Rooney Rule.

Posted by: Section104 | December 23, 2009 5:24 PM | Report abuse

2nd - to last. Listen bring on Dallas.

This is the classic Redskin game, lay an egg - win a close on to the Cowpukes. Hail

Posted by: ChrisWoody | December 23, 2009 5:25 PM | Report abuse

I'd like Jerry Gray to have to stand there and take one of Lawrong's driving freight train hit attempts full force for the crappy job he's done this year with what should be the best part of our team.

- and he doesn't get to step easily out of the way like all the opposing receivers do to Lawrong every game.

Posted by: greatteamdan | December 23, 2009 5:30 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: glawrence007 | December 23, 2009 8:21 PM | Report abuse

Gray's interviewing for his boss's job really shows the type of circus the skins are running. If Allen was in on this scheme, things aren't going to get better, but worse.

Posted by: postwell1 | December 24, 2009 12:40 AM | Report abuse

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