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Gray a Wanted Man in Houston?

Redskins secondary coach Jerry Gray confirmed that, while he loves his job here, he is very interested in being a defensive coordinator again. He will interview with Detroit for its head coaching job, and while it isn't certain that he will land a head coaching gig, he seems very likely to get strong consideration for the job of defensive coordinator in Houston.

Several players believe that position is very intriguing to Gray (a former Houston Oiler with ties to that area), and expect him to leave the Redskins for a promotion. Safeties coach Steve Jackson has strong ties to members of the Texans' front office, and with their defense being reshaped, they might make a play for Jackson, too.

By Jason La Canfora  |  December 31, 2008; 5:49 AM ET
 
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Early bird gets the FIRST!

Posted by: brownwood26 | December 31, 2008 6:34 AM | Report abuse

Best of luck to Gray. I was actually surprised he didn't follow Greggggg Williams to Jacksonville last offseason since those guys have worked together for years.

Posted by: brownwood26 | December 31, 2008 6:40 AM | Report abuse

Brown,

It was good that he did'nt, Williams defense sucked in jacksonville he will be lucky to get another DC job.

Posted by: Flounder21 | December 31, 2008 6:59 AM | Report abuse

SJK!

Is it time to let Blache retire and promote Gray?

I think so.....

Posted by: 4thFloor | December 31, 2008 7:10 AM | Report abuse

I don't know Flounder...Gregggg has ties to Houston too and he might get in the mix for that job too.

Posted by: brownwood26 | December 31, 2008 7:13 AM | Report abuse

Speaking of the coaching tree. It was nice to hear that Dewayne Walker, former skins assistant and former D-coordinator for UCLA get the head coaching job at New Mexico State.

Walker if you recall was the dude that basically gave us the 411 on Chris Horton, his guy. So thanks to him, we got the only shining star of our '08 draft.

Posted by: Predator48 | December 31, 2008 7:21 AM | Report abuse

Just reading NFL.com and Vic Carrucci has the Skins taking Everete Brown with the 13th pick. I don't follow college very closely...anyone think Brown can play?

Posted by: brownwood26 | December 31, 2008 7:31 AM | Report abuse

How much was it worth in the draft to finish 8-8 instead of 9-7?

The 'Skins are picking 13th at 8-8. If they'd finished 9-7, they'd be picking 18th. If you look at the "draft value chart" (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/draft06/news/story?id=2410670) the value of the 13th pick is 1150 points and the 18th pick is 900 points. The difference, 250 points, is the value of a high third-rounder -- specifically, fourth pick in the third round.

If you add up the point difference in all rounds, it totals 342 points -- the value of the 24th pick in the second round. Of course, we've already traded away some of those "points," particularly 50 points in the second round that Miami's getting for Jason Taylor. But even getting the equivalent of a high-third rounder should be consolation at some point for losing to San Francisco.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | December 31, 2008 7:41 AM | Report abuse

Under the Vinny Cerrato/Jim Zorn regime, ... the staff will meet today and tomorrow, then the coaches will break for about 10 days, returning next month for a week of meetings before heading to the Jan. 24 Senior Bowl.

By Jason La Canfora | December 29, 2008; 11:15 AM ET

Nice thinking Vinnie and Zorn. By the time you come back from your vacation, half your staff will have been hired by Houston. And, not the bad half but the good half.

So maybe there was a reason why Gibbs kept the coaches around to work after the season instead of sending them to the Caribbean? When you come back and Grey and Jackson are both in Houston (working) who's going to advise you on your defensive backfield?

Posted by: talent_evaluator | December 31, 2008 7:49 AM | Report abuse

w/ gray possibly out the door and jackson maybe following suit...any chance we have turnover on D staff considering blache's age?

promote Kirk Olivadotti?

Posted by: forever21 | December 31, 2008 7:51 AM | Report abuse

w/ gray possibly out the door and jackson maybe following suit...any chance we have turnover on D staff considering blache's age?

promote Kirk Olivadotti?

Posted by: forever21 | December 31, 2008 7:51 AM

That's a great idea. Let's replace the most successful member of the coaching staff with an unproven rookie.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | December 31, 2008 7:54 AM | Report abuse

Even if Brown could play, he'd be a bad choice for the Skins in the 1st round.

Washington needs a stud WLB who can cover or a strongside backer who can take on the run: Washington is done, HB Blades is tough but undersized and McIntosh can't cover tight ends in space.

But as we have Fincher, Matt Sinclair, and free agency as options, a linebacker can be had.

We have to somehow figure a way to move up into the top slots to get a stud right tackle-- plain and simple.

We can't hand the job to Heyer as he just a back up-- and that's all he is.

Would anyone flip Carlos Rogers/or a future pick in a trade where Washington moves to switch places with a team having a pick in slots 1-8?

I would.

Starting a strong young right tackle alongside Fred Davis would strengthen the Skins rightside of the line and free Cooley to line up in multiple places (backfield, flexed-slot, etc.)

Posted by: MistaMoe | December 31, 2008 7:56 AM | Report abuse

mis,

We do not need to move up to get a stud T there are plenty in this draft we can sit where we are and get a very good T.

Posted by: Flounder21 | December 31, 2008 7:59 AM | Report abuse

Would anyone flip Carlos Rogers/or a future pick in a trade where Washington moves to switch places with a team having a pick in slots 1-8?

I would.

Posted by: MistaMoe | December 31, 2008 7:56 AM |

I wouldn't. You don't take right tackles with picks 1-8. Jansen, himself, was a second rounder.

We don't need to move up. We need more picks. We need quantity, not one elite "stud." If we trade Rogers -- which seems so stupid that only Washington would contemplate it -- it should be for at least two picks, not to move up five slots.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | December 31, 2008 8:06 AM | Report abuse

"Would anyone flip Carlos Rogers/or a future pick in a trade where Washington moves to switch places with a team having a pick in slots 1-8?"

No way. There is nothing to be gained by trying to move Rogers. I can't believe there are people out there who think there is. You would immediately downgrade the strongest unit on the team (and he's not old). You think it sucks watching the D-line not get pressure now, it would be 10 times worse with Los gone. Springs and Smoot need to go.

Posted by: Yoder-lay-hee-who | December 31, 2008 8:09 AM | Report abuse

Flounder21

True, but to me there's a difference between plenty and the guy I want.

I'm waiting for the Senior Bowl practices before I pass judgement on any of the players.

I remember everybody loving the Oakland Raiders' Robert Gallery, but I didn't as I thought at the time: "He doesn't play well against speed..."

I liked the Dolphins Jake Long last year as in a game against the Florida Gators, he shut down every speed rusher they sent his way.

The difference between Gallery and Long is why I'd rather go NBA-style and move a guy or pick to get the player I want.

Posted by: MistaMoe | December 31, 2008 8:09 AM | Report abuse

Moving up?? No..Nyet....if anything they need to move back, and then move back again. From all that I've read, this is a deep draft for OL prospects...

Went back and read through some posts from last night...funny stuff...if guys really think that Detroit is gonna be the next 'big thing' then put up/shut up, practice what you preach and all that, and go root for them.

Posted by: BeantownGreg | December 31, 2008 8:12 AM | Report abuse

mis,

This team needs to much to give away any picks to get one player. This team is a lot more then one player away from being good.

We need as many picks as we can get, Atalna got a great LT last year with our first round pick I think it was in the early 20's.

Posted by: Flounder21 | December 31, 2008 8:13 AM | Report abuse

Greg,

I love the nyet, got one for you what movie is this from.

Nyet, he beat me straight up pay him. Pay that man his money.

Heavy russian accent.

Posted by: Flounder21 | December 31, 2008 8:16 AM | Report abuse

does cowher coach anywhere in '09...?

if not, snyder will make a play for him again for '10 if team doesn't improve and possibly shove zorn out the door...our only chance to eliminate vinny

Posted by: forever21 | December 31, 2008 8:17 AM | Report abuse

But starting Fred Davis to move Cooley around has got to be a scheme change for next season.

If Cooley moves around, and a team uses a safety/WLB to cover him, the faster Davis then works one on one against a slower strong-side linebacker.

Davis' Alge Crumpler jr. size makes him an excellent blocking option against d-ends and stunting tackles-- and again it frees up Cooley and Mike Sellers underneath against tight coveage.

Using him with a young stud tackle would open up some options for an offense in desperate need of some changes in personnel use.

Posted by: MistaMoe | December 31, 2008 8:17 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: columbiard | December 31, 2008 8:19 AM | Report abuse

oh man flound, you got me there, its early and the coffee hasn't kicked in yet....

I've got nothing.

Was watching NFL network last night, and they were saying 2 guys to watch were Laurianitis, LB from USC, and Orakpo, DE from Texas. They went on to say both had great potential, but were both a little light in the seat...

Posted by: BeantownGreg | December 31, 2008 8:19 AM | Report abuse

anyone see DC Sports Bog and the blurb on Vinny's wiki page, it's since been removed but someone had added...

Cerrato has a wife and a son.

Cerrato absolutely sucks and has seemingly no idea how to run a professional football franchise. It is pretty much accepted as fact within the Redskins fanbase that as long as Cerrato is in power, this team will continue to struggle with their traditional medicore talent, while also continuing to make nonsensical personnel decisions within their inept front office.

Posted by: forever21 | December 31, 2008 8:21 AM | Report abuse

"Using him with a young stud tackle would open up some options for an offense in desperate need of some changes in personnel use."

You forget you're talking about a coach who is too stubborn to take away punt returning duties from ARE and wouldn't try him out in the wildcat even once. I don't see Zorn changing his scheme at all...he'll just blame it on execution.

Posted by: Yoder-lay-hee-who | December 31, 2008 8:22 AM | Report abuse

Just a quick note about the pukes, makes me laugh:

Peter King yesterday said a Cowboys insider told him you just can't describe how bad the chemistry is with the team. And Tony Romo is now 5-14 in December for his career

Posted by: BeantownGreg | December 31, 2008 8:23 AM | Report abuse

oh man flound, you got me there, its early and the coffee hasn't kicked in yet....

I've got nothing.

Was watching NFL network last night, and they were saying 2 guys to watch were Laurianitis, LB from USC, and Orakpo, DE from Texas. They went on to say both had great potential, but were both a little light in the seat...

Posted by: BeantownGreg | December 31, 2008 8:19 AM |

Rounders, John Malkovich

Both those guys could be good they need to beef up a little bit.

Posted by: Flounder21 | December 31, 2008 8:24 AM | Report abuse

Greg,

Laurianitis is LB out of Ohio State...

Posted by: forever21 | December 31, 2008 8:24 AM | Report abuse

beep beep

Posted by: BeantownGreg | December 31, 2008 8:26 AM | Report abuse

if gray that would be a huge loss!!!

Posted by: jimmy_the_crickett | December 31, 2008 1:16 PM | Report abuse

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