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Shanahan works on assembling his staff

This morning Mike Shanahan is scheduled to meet with assistant coaches at Redskins Park before returning to Denver. That's likely to be the only time many of the holdovers from former coach Jim Zorn's staff will spend with Shanahan.

The team's new top football official is expected to make many coaching changes, and one key member is in place: Shanahan's son, Kyle, will serve as offensive coordinator. It appears secondary coach Jerry Gray is a candidate to become defensive coordinator under Shanahan, but most of Zorn's assistants are not expected to return after the second coaching-staff shakeup since the end of the 2007 season. Unlike the transition that occurred when Joe Gibbs resigned, however, Shanahan can build the staff he chooses.

"What I'd like to do is sit down with every coach that would like to stay here and get to know them," Shanahan said during his introductory news conference. "Know their philosophies, their beliefs. I was an assistant coach for a lot of years. You understand how much time and effort goes into the assistant coaching position, profession."

In Shanahan's last season with the Denver Broncos, Bob Slowik served as his defensive coordinator. Slowik is expected to be part of Shanahan's first Redskins staff, probably as the secondary coach, a league source said.

As for who will serve as Shanahan's first defensive coordinator, Gray might be retained and promoted to the role. Gray, who previously served as a defensive coordinator with the Buffalo Bills, has told people in the organization he is optimistic about joining Shanahan, team sources said. And Shanahan is well aware of what Gray's abilities.

"Very much so," Shanahan said. "I'm aware of everybody, every coach. It's what I do. I study coaches, I study coordinators, I know what they've done, I know where they've been. He has a very, very good past. I look forward to talking to him."

Although Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer also is considered a top candidate to lead the defense for Shanahan, it is not believed Shanahan personally spoke with Zimmer before accepting the Redskins' job. But if Zimmer leaves Cincinnati for Washington, his son, Adam, a defensive assistant with New Orleans, might join him.
Shanahans choice for offensive coordinator was easy. Kyle has been a member of the Houston Texans' staff for four seasons, including the last two as offensive coordinator. He was an offensive quality control assistant with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 2004-05 seasons under Coach Jon Gruden and General Manager Bruce Allen, whom the Redskins hired last month as their general manager.

Shanahan also is interested in interviewing Blake Williams, Gregg's son, for a position, two league sources said recently. Williams is an offensive coaching assistant for the Saints, for whom his father, a Redskins assistant for four seasons, is defensive coordinator.

"I'm looking at a number of people at a lot of different positions," Shanahan said. "I'm trying to put the best staff together, not just jump into it very quickly."

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Comments

Got Beeped!

Y'know what? I'm calling the Mayor out!

What bent do you have against CPo?! Did he stiff you on interviews? Was he an SJK to you personally?

I'm not saying there isn't alot to be upset w/ Portis about in general, but every time this topic comes up, RI blog takes the negative slant on Crisco.

Rotoworld has some much more objective outlooks. And while you bring up clubhouse scuttle against Portis, you don't bring up Cooley's re-phrasing of the exact same sentiments Clinton was espousing, albeit in a not so subtle manner.

Nor do you bring up where in the same interview how Portis sung the praises of Soup; his toughness and determination.

Finally, when I see/read Coarch's comments RE Portis I don't see damming words from above, I see an announcement of opportunity. Basically that it's not fair to pre-judge, let's see what he does in the off-season. Sounds pretty realistic to me.

I just hate the pile-on mentality. It's worse than the Portis big-mouth... and it's a little chicken-sjk.

Other than that... great coverage! ;-]

Posted by: DikShuttle | January 7, 2010 8:42 AM | Report abuse

we are dealing with a professional now, in shanahan. it's been a long time since we saw one atleast one in dealing with personnel issues at skins park.

ask yourselves this question what does he have to gain by bashing portis? and what does he have to gain by praising JC?

there's an old saying you chide/scold your own. and he just scolded portis. and praised jc. is JC's work in the past 5 years so praiseworthy that he would go out of his way to praise him? why would he do that? because he's trying to sell him. he's gonna pump and dump.

Posted by: dealer1 | January 7, 2010 8:44 AM | Report abuse

Our secondary stunk! Double moves lost us several games. Jerry Gray cannot coach the DBs, why should he coach the entire defense?

Posted by: Sports_Guru | January 7, 2010 8:46 AM | Report abuse

As of this comment, 23 out of 100 people voted for Gray to be hired as Defensive Coordinator.

I have this question for those 23 people: Why?

What exactly about our secondary's performance has encouraged you to think this is the right guy for the job?

Is it the failure on double moves?
Is it giving up the big plays?
Is it the poor tackling?
Is it the nonexistant ability to catch?

These are all coachable things, in fact they are fundamentals. Gray cannot teach FUNDAMENTALS to one unit.

So what would make you think he could coach the entire defense?

Posted by: REXskins | January 7, 2010 8:48 AM | Report abuse

I am not a JR hater but the dude cut-n-pastes passages of text like he was paid by how many time he hits the control/V key. Dam dude don't you know your audience is obsessed? No one wants to read the exact same paragraphs that cover old hackneyed cliched points over and muth humping over again.

Posted by: chrislarry | January 7, 2010 8:50 AM | Report abuse

Pass on Gray...I think he's a good coach, but this team needs to clean house. Get rid of EVERYBODY and let Shanny start from scratch.

And on a more juvenile note, did anyone else giggle a little at the headline "Shanahan works on his staff"?

Posted by: brownwood26 | January 7, 2010 8:50 AM | Report abuse

No Jerry Gray please...maybe the dude deserves a promotion....but somewhere else.

Posted by: chrislarry | January 7, 2010 8:51 AM | Report abuse

Haynesworth can be the most disruptive force in the league if used properly/ I'll take that, even if it's only half the time.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | January 7, 2010 8:35 AM


You'll excuse me if I'm not excited about a guy who gives minimum effort for maximum pay.

If anyone is even giving up a 2nd rounder for this guy, I take it in a heartbeat. With an uncapped year, it's either dump him now or do it 4 years from now when the cap situation (if there's still one) gets dire. It's about time this team started getting rid of certain guys a year early instead of a year late.

Posted by: brownwood26 | January 7, 2010 8:52 AM | Report abuse

yeah, I'm all set with Gray continuing his employment with the Redskins, I didn't and don't see what the fascination with him is...fresh start across ALL lines of coaching with this team...new OC, new DC, youth, lets just move on from the past...

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | January 7, 2010 8:52 AM | Report abuse

Our secondary stunk! Double moves lost us several games. Jerry Gray cannot coach the DBs, why should he coach the entire defense?

Posted by: Sports_Guru | January 7, 2010 8:46 AM | Report

I've explained this before but here is the condensed version:

You can't coach stupid. Carlos and LaRon can't be taught. Any CB that can't figure out double moves after playing the position for as long as he has is a moron. Landry came from the most undisciplined program in college football. Tackling is fundamental, he can't or won't do it. Landry is playing out of position. That's Blache's, Gibbs and Zorn's fault. All the CB's give too much cushion, that's Blache's scheme's fault.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | January 7, 2010 8:52 AM | Report abuse

Haynesworth isn't going anywhere...that dawg ain't hunting....next?

Posted by: chrislarry | January 7, 2010 8:53 AM | Report abuse

Oh, & FOIST, btw.

(I haven't gotten to say that in YEARS...well, unless Mrs. Shuttle is involved... dohp!)

Yeh - no JG for me. make it a bumper sticker. What exactly has the secondary done but give up game winning drives all season?! Like the talent, hate the scheme.

Posted by: DikShuttle | January 7, 2010 8:54 AM | Report abuse

Haynesworth can be the most disruptive force in the league if used properly/ I'll take that, even if it's only half the time.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | January 7, 2010 8:35 AM


You'll excuse me if I'm not excited about a guy who gives minimum effort for maximum pay.

If anyone is even giving up a 2nd rounder for this guy, I take it in a heartbeat. With an uncapped year, it's either dump him now or do it 4 years from now when the cap situation (if there's still one) gets dire. It's about time this team started getting rid of certain guys a year early instead of a year late.


Posted by: brownwood26 | January 7, 2010 8:52 AM |

Agree to disagree, we both have good points so it can go either way, gotta go kids. HAIL!!

Posted by: scampbell1975 | January 7, 2010 8:54 AM | Report abuse

These are all coachable things, in fact they are fundamentals. Gray cannot teach FUNDAMENTALS to one unit.

So what would make you think he could coach the entire defense?

Posted by: REXskins | January 7, 2010 8:48 AM


He was pretty damn good when he was in Buffalo and Tennessee. I think the problem here has been the DBs, not the DB coach.

Posted by: brownwood26 | January 7, 2010 8:55 AM | Report abuse

brown, to even think that someone would give up a 2nd, let along write it, is really delusional....work with him, get him in shape, and roll...let the new DC use him to the best of his abilities, instead of trying to FORCE him into a scheme...

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | January 7, 2010 8:55 AM | Report abuse

Gray was the rotten apple in an otherwise good defense. Cut him before he spreads.

Posted by: ItsOver2 | January 7, 2010 8:57 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, definitely McCoy over Stratford Tomzak, just because you'll likely get the more reliable, lower maintenance truck in Colt..As for having two Colts on the same team , nothing wrong with having a couple of Colts on your belt, ain't that right, Gilbert?? The only problem I'd have with Colt is the problem I'd have with the Longhorns in general- Mack10 is buddy-buddy with Dubya..Now, I know one can affiliate harmlessly with Al Capone or Nero, drinking a "Helen of Troy/Mrs. Lincoln" (wine wid opium) in front of the fire with the local chieftan/ Atomic Gangsta Monkey, everybody has an occasional good side (like Adolph reading to kindergartners about the Old Witch baking Hansel and Gretel in the oven), but the Bushees scairt the livin' berjeezus out of me sometimes, remember the guy the Euros all scream "El Dopa" at in France also takes bike rides with Rio Grande Dub on his ranch outside of Branch Dravidian Waco, I just hope the evil doesn't trickle down to the Colt in the form of 'Roidz or HGH, just sayin'..

Posted by: frak | January 7, 2010 8:59 AM | Report abuse

MOneysWorth will turn out to be so. I believe you'll see that. Know the product you bought, don't expect something different.

Have the really solid, not so talented guy back him up off the bench... and stay 3 deep in the position. That's what you do.

Posted by: DikShuttle | January 7, 2010 9:00 AM | Report abuse

He was pretty damn good when he was in Buffalo and Tennessee. I think the problem here has been the DBs, not the DB coach.

Posted by: brownwood26

I guess that's why he got demoted from DC (in buffalo) to secondary coach (with us).

You don't get a demotion like that unless people notice you have major flaws in the position. If you're meant to be a DC, and you leave an organization for whatever reason, you get a DC job somewhere else, you don't get a demotion.

Posted by: REXskins | January 7, 2010 9:01 AM | Report abuse

i really don't know how good grat is b/c he didnt run the defense and i wasnt in meetings, blah blah blah

but the dude with his double speak about the interview, the fear that he would keep a non attacking scheme and just a desire to clean house have me saying, "i hope we bring in a new dude"

maybe that sheridan cat just canned by giants? i kid i kid....

Posted by: chrislarry | January 7, 2010 9:02 AM | Report abuse

brown, to even think that someone would give up a 2nd, let along write it, is really delusional....work with him, get him in shape, and roll...let the new DC use him to the best of his abilities, instead of trying to FORCE him into a scheme...

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | January 7, 2010 8:55 AM


I'm not saying I think it'll happen. I'm just saying that one of Shanny's tasks needs to be finding out if Haynesworth can get with the program. If not, the uncapped year provides an out. If so, make the scheme around him and cross your fingers he can make it thru a whole season. For the money he's being paid, I don't think we should have to cross our fingers for anything.

Posted by: brownwood26 | January 7, 2010 9:07 AM | Report abuse

The only holdover I'd have is Buges. The rest can go. What's the bid deal about Jerry G. The 2nd ary got torched all year.

Posted by: ridgely1 | January 7, 2010 9:10 AM | Report abuse

no to jg, jc, jr.

Posted by: dealer1 | January 7, 2010 9:10 AM | Report abuse

I can't believe they gave Shanahan final decisions on player personnel. He is horrible when it comes to making evaluations outside of QBs. Maurice Clarett in the 3rd round.

2008 draft. Only two players starting from that draft. Clady was a great pick and Royal was a good 2nd rd pick. The rest is crap.

2007 - 1st rd pick Jarvis Moss. Bust. Ryan Harris was a good pick. 1 good pick out entire draft.

2006 draft was good with Scheffler, Marshall and Cutler.

2005 - No one left on the roster. Foxworth became a decent player. This is the year he took Clarett with the 3rd pick when no one was going to take him.

Shanahan with Snyder is recipe for future personnel disasters.

Posted by: srobert1117 | January 7, 2010 9:11 AM | Report abuse

You don't get a demotion like that unless people notice you have major flaws in the position. If you're meant to be a DC, and you leave an organization for whatever reason, you get a DC job somewhere else, you don't get a demotion.

Posted by: REXskins | January 7, 2010 9:01 AM


That's foolishness...by that logic, Greggggg Williams and Dick LeBeau are bad DCs since they were fired as HCs. Gray came to Washington as an assistant because his mentor (Gregggg) was the DC here already. Better to work for/with someone you know than going for the unknown elsewhere.

I believe the Buffalo D stayed in the top 10 and made it to 2nd overall under his guidance, so I don't think it's a stretch that he'd make a good DC. Don't let the failings of two or three players against the double move lead you to conclude that it's all the coach's fault.

Posted by: brownwood26 | January 7, 2010 9:12 AM | Report abuse

I will say that I'd rather have Gray than Slowik.

But I'd prefer Zimmer, or potentially a lot of other guys that haven't been looked at yet.

Posted by: REXskins | January 7, 2010 9:12 AM | Report abuse

i love buges like an uncle but if you think hes coming back, you are also investing in real estate in the greater Las Vegas urban sprawl boom..

1. Dude is old and wants out I think

2. There were two OL gurus/philosophies born in the 80s Buges power game and Alex gIBBS' Zone stuff. Shanny is an alex gibbs guy.

3. shanny as an offensive guy wants his people on that side of staff.


Posted by: chrislarry | January 7, 2010 9:16 AM | Report abuse

brown, I think you give zim/whoever the DC is the task of getting hayney involved, I think he was frustrated by the losing, and by the way he was being used....

I gotta say, I'm enthused by the Kyle S/Blake W/Adam Zim hopefully coming on board...lets get some younger cats on this staff, these kids grew up eating sleeping breathing football...

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | January 7, 2010 9:16 AM | Report abuse

How hasn't Stompy been w/ the program?

I can see the money arguments, but the man has proven to be a beast. He's made everyone on the D better.

Oh - I was thinking about our D 'ranking' yestidday. We're over-ranked. Think about it. Our offense doesn't move the ball so much. So the opposition doesn't have to move the ball too far to score. AND we don't score, so the opposition doesn't have to score that much to win.

The best indicator for a D is - do you win? If you stop them when it counted... that's a good D.

Posted by: DikShuttle | January 7, 2010 9:17 AM | Report abuse

Man up who in the SJK wants Gray as the DC are you kidding me?

Posted by: BenchCampbell | January 7, 2010 9:18 AM | Report abuse

And to extend that further - what's Double G's D doing in Nwarlins? I guess we'll see in the playoffs when it counts?

Posted by: DikShuttle | January 7, 2010 9:20 AM | Report abuse

brown, I think you give zim/whoever the DC is the task of getting hayney involved, I think he was frustrated by the losing, and by the way he was being used....

I gotta say, I'm enthused by the Kyle S/Blake W/Adam Zim hopefully coming on board...lets get some younger cats on this staff, these kids grew up eating sleeping breathing football...

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | January 7, 2010 9:16 AM


Agreed. Younger staff gives us a better shot at some stability.

On the DC issue: just wanna clarify that I don't really want Gray to be the DC, I'm just saying it's crazy to say he's not a good DC just because LL30 got beat on double moves all year. I would rank the DC options as such:

1. Mike Zimmer
2. Jim Haslett
3. Jerry Gray

Trust me: we DO NOT want Slowik as DC.

Posted by: brownwood26 | January 7, 2010 9:23 AM | Report abuse

To be fair, look at Gray's body of work in Tennesee and Buffalo. Those secondarys got more than their fair share of takeaways under his tenure.

Of course in DC, Greg Blatche likes to rush 3 on 3rd and 23 and drop Landry back before the snap like Andruw Jones shagging deep flys. Blame Blatche for this mess not Gray.

Posted by: elfreako | January 7, 2010 9:23 AM | Report abuse

beep beep

Posted by: League-Source | January 7, 2010 9:25 AM | Report abuse

Someone explain to me why Gray is such a good coach? Did the secondary do anything special this year? Clean house...get rid of everybody.

Posted by: lylewimbledon | January 7, 2010 9:42 AM | Report abuse

What?!? Jerry Gray should be the first person they fire.

If this whole Rooney Rule BS has taught us anything its that he's either 1 or 2 things: A pathological liar or a complete idiot. Either way he shouldn't even be considered for a position on the new staff.

Posted by: privacy3 | January 7, 2010 9:51 AM | Report abuse

I think it would be better if they just cleaned house with all of the previous assistants. If Jerry Gray is promoted, My take would be that it appears there won't going to be a fundamentally different approach in terms of how things are done in the front office. All it would show is that Jerry gets a gift for helping to get around the Rooney rule. It would have Synder's fingerprints all over it. Get a Zimmer, Haslett or someone else and start with a clean slate.

Posted by: al_kohaulic | January 7, 2010 9:55 AM | Report abuse

Jerry Gray betrayed the last head coach and he will do it again. Jerry Gray is not the best defensive coordinator in the NFL. Not even close. Watch the game films. Watch Landry tackle. I think that is the defensive backs coach that teaches that. Landry likes to make the big hit and much of the time he misses and the other team is busting a big play. The defensive backs in Washington cannot catch the ball. Several games could have been won if any one could catch the ball. Just watch the last series against the San Diego Chargers. Is that the kind of defense that will win games? Jerry Gray is not a quality football coach in the NFL. He was too busy interviewing for jobs to do his job. Let him go.

Posted by: HelloNewman1 | January 7, 2010 10:09 AM | Report abuse

Dick Jauron

Posted by: hounddog1 | January 7, 2010 10:11 AM | Report abuse

Gray's a backstabber. He didn't have enough class to decline the interview for Zorn's job before it was even available.

Posted by: garg8050 | January 7, 2010 10:22 AM | Report abuse

I am somewhat mixed about Jerry Gray. I disagreed with his decision to interview for the head coaching position, but who would honestly deny such an offer when they have been looking for that position for a while? After all, Jerry was not hired by Jim, so the same level of loyalty that would exist between a head coach and his chosen assistant is simply not there. My reaction to the situation would have been much more severe if someone like Sherman Smith interviewed.

The negatives about Jerry Gray are definitely obvious for those who followed this season as closely as I have. The double moves were horrendous. However, I remember watching the Raiders game, and their receivers did utilize the double moves. FOX's commentators even analyzed this during the game, but we saw that Jerry definitely coached them not to bite. He knows how to fix problems, but I think overall the D-M fiasco was too problematic and ultimately unsolved.

The positive in holding Gray, however, is that consistency is maintained for a defense that, for the most part, played fairly well this season. Most games, with some exceptions (i.e. Giants 2.0), were lost because of problems on the offense and the failure to score points. There could be some change in philosophy (like putting Sackpo's hand on the ground), but I imagine the overall scheme and terminology of coverage will remain the same.

Either way, I could understand both arguments for keeping him or ridding him. Luckily, Mike is making the decision and not me. Should Jerry be booted, Zimmer seems like a good choice.

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | January 7, 2010 11:08 AM | Report abuse

No Jerry Gray unless playing 11 on 9 with the two safeties 30 years down the fieled on the snap was all Greg Blache and Gray couldn't convince him otherwise.

The Redskins need a D-coordinator who will have them playing a much more agressive style than they have been since G-Williams left.

Posted by: hapster | January 7, 2010 11:18 AM | Report abuse

Say it loud, Jerry Gray?!?! NO WAY! The Skins need a courtesy flush and they can begin by thanking and showing ALL of the coaches the exit. (Boss Hog not included)
And then Allen/Shanahan can begin picking which players are good and have potential to improve. But as for Jerry Gray and this so called "good defense", paleeze! Granted, we'll never know how good this defense coulda' shoulda' woulda' been had the offense given them a lead once in a while. That being said, this defense has been weak going back to Gregg Williams 2nd year. Too scared to give up the big play, so they relied on all of the DB's playing so far away from the line that they should've been directing traffic in landover. London fletcher blitzed up the middle no more than a few times, and the corners could never tackle or play the ball in the air. The skins need O-Line and D-line. Run the ball, stop the run...Show the opposing team your strength (running the ball) and then adjust by play action or whatever. the defense needs to stop the opposing team stregnths and attack it's weaknesses...sorry for rambling, but c'mon. there was a model for all of this once before.

Posted by: boricuabopper | January 7, 2010 11:25 AM | Report abuse

Say it loud, Jerry Gray?!?! NO WAY! The Skins need a courtesy flush and they can begin by thanking and showing ALL of the coaches the exit. (Boss Hog not included)
And then Allen/Shanahan can begin picking which players are good and have potential to improve. But as for Jerry Gray and this so called "good defense", paleeze! Granted, we'll never know how good this defense coulda' shoulda' woulda' been had the offense given them a lead once in a while. That being said, this defense has been weak going back to Gregg Williams 2nd year. Too scared to give up the big play, so they relied on all of the DB's playing so far away from the line that they should've been directing traffic in landover. London fletcher blitzed up the middle no more than a few times, and the corners could never tackle or play the ball in the air. The skins need O-Line and D-line. Run the ball, stop the run...Show the opposing team your strength (running the ball) and then adjust by play action or whatever. the defense needs to stop the opposing team stregnths and attack it's weaknesses...sorry for rambling, but c'mon. there was a model for all of this once before.

Posted by: boricuabopper | January 7, 2010 11:25 AM | Report abuse

Someone mentioned earlier that Gray is the litmus test: if he's able to finagle a def. coordinator job out of selling out his head coach by faking a Rooney rule interview, then Allen-Shanahan really aren't in power.

Posted by: DCUnited2 | January 7, 2010 11:47 AM | Report abuse

steve jackson was the safeties coach sooooooo blame him for laron's shortcomings... interesting that laron was the only safety that could NOT tackle... you can blame grey for dhall and his poor showings...

Posted by: jimmy_the_crickett | January 7, 2010 11:50 AM | Report abuse

I might be out of the loop but what about Blache? Why is he not being considered to stay as defensive coordinator?

Posted by: mottermx | January 7, 2010 11:55 AM | Report abuse

All year I watched the defense stop many of the oppositions advancements, only to see a three and out, which overtaxed the defense. The defense has been the highlight of the Reskins all year.

With so many injuries to the offensive line, there was little that could be done production wise offensively. What is really needed is a good running game, to take pressure off the throwing game. With a good offensive line around him, we may see a different Jason Campbell.

At the same time, I continue to feel that Mike Shanahan is not a good fit for the Redskins. Fourteen years with the Broncos only produced two Superbowl appearences, and his last few seasons with the Broncos, showed men nothing. I see this as another Snyder dumb move.

Posted by: Fedup77 | January 7, 2010 12:01 PM | Report abuse

To be fair, look at Gray's body of work in Tennesee and Buffalo. Those secondarys got more than their fair share of takeaways under his tenure.

Of course in DC, Greg Blatche likes to rush 3 on 3rd and 23 and drop Landry back before the snap like Andruw Jones shagging deep flys. Blame Blatche for this mess not Gray.

Posted by: elfreako | January 7, 2010 9:23 AM | Report abuse

This is the reason that Gray should not be here. As an assistance coach, he must/should work with Blatche to fix it, instead he waits so that the problem can be blamed on Blatche. This guy wants Zorn's job, Blatche's job, and might be our jobs too.

Posted by: inva | January 7, 2010 12:03 PM | Report abuse

Gray is a good Coach, we were #1 in pass Defense until week 12. Blache sets the schemes and put Landry at Free Safety. i'm sorry I think Gray is a great coach.

Posted by: ryan_conaway | January 7, 2010 12:19 PM | Report abuse

Interview Darrell Green.

Interview Ray Brown, for O-line coach(just let go by the Bills were he was an assistant for two years)

Posted by: dashriprock | January 7, 2010 12:22 PM | Report abuse

I say no to Gray. We need to clean house. A new voice. When the old tenants leave, you need fresh paint.

Posted by: thecomedian1 | January 7, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Shanny will make the right choice for DC. Not worried.

Posted by: chris_zz | January 7, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

"Our secondary stunk! Double moves lost us several games. Jerry Gray cannot coach the DBs, why should he coach the entire defense?"

Because Snyder values a backstabber and a snitch.

Posted by: AlohaFan | January 7, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Wasn't Blatche the defensive line coach under Gregg Williams? It was Williams dialing up all the corner blitzes while Blatche honcho'd the front four.

If a DCoord stays vanilla and doesn't want to bring additional pressure what DBs wouldn't get snookered by the occassional double moves?

I'd bet that the majority of the Skins sacks came on their OWN side of the 50 this season which leads me to believe that Blatche only dialed up pressure when he absolutely had to.

Gray won't roll like that. I bet he'd be similiar to Gregg Williams in scheme and wouldn't cost half as much.

Posted by: elfreako | January 7, 2010 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Were the redskins good at ANYTHING THIS YEAR? The answer is no they were never excellent at one phase of football..Offense, Defense and special teams work hand n hand. Jerry Gray is and was good player and coach his whole career. Put in the right situations with the right LEADERSHIP will bring results. JG for DC!!! If any of you have a job you mean to tell me you wouldnt interview for your bosses position if it presented itself and you know he or she is gone anyway...THIS IS BUSINESS he wasnt Zorns guy anyway he JOE GIBBS/GREGG WILLIAMS; THERE IS NO LOYALTY IN BUSINESS...I WILL TAKE YOUR JOB IF ITS BETTER THAN MINE BELIEVE THAT!!!

Posted by: hammer4 | January 7, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Shanahan must hire his own coaches. Having coaches hired by Snyder and Cerrato was a terrible management strategy and one of the main points of evidence regarding the incompetence of Snyder and Cerrato.

Posted by: hz9604 | January 7, 2010 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Jerry Gray for defensive coordinater! Are you kidding me? The man is a back stabber! Who in the heck is going to play for this jerk when he cannot even teach his secondary to tackle?! He does not teach disipline or loyalty to his players either!He set a bad example by going behind his head coaches back to apply for his job! Then would not own up to it when asked about it! He needs to get out of town on a one way trip! PLEASE Mr. Shannahan let this back stabber go and hire someone who will be loyal to you! PLEASE!!

Posted by: vexed50verizonnet | January 7, 2010 7:43 PM | Report abuse

it is sad that petitibone wont come back into coaching ever since the cookes screwed him. we could use a great d coord. like him.

Posted by: rls1041 | January 8, 2010 8:20 AM | Report abuse

I think Pettibone is a little to long in the tooth to come back in the league, but that was one man who was one heck of a defensive coordinater! No one and I mean no one could make halftime adjustments like he could! Good call ris1041! I like the way you think! IMO I think that we should give Zimmer a try and hire Haslett as his asst. coach!

Posted by: vexed50verizonnet | January 8, 2010 8:32 PM | Report abuse

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