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Reports: Gray will not get Memphis job (updated)

Thought to be the leading candidate for the vacant head coaching job at the University of Memphis, Jerry Gray instead seems destined to finish out the season as a Redskins assistant coach.

The Commercial-Appeal is reporting this afternoon that the Tigers will hire LSU assistant Larry Porter to replace Tommy West.

ESPN's Joe Schad reports that Gray himself said he will not be getting the job.

"One day it will be the right situation," Gray said, according to Schad's report. The Redskins were not available Saturday.

Gray, who is in his fourth season as Washington's secondary coach, has close ties to Fred Smith, a Redskins minority owner, FedEx CEO and prominent Tigers' booster. Gray interviewed for the Memphis job Tuesday.

Reports quickly emerged that he was a top candidate, which sparked a backlash from many close to the Memphis program. Some outlets, including ESPN's Schad, reported that Gray-to-Memphis was already a done deal. But Porter, a former Memphis player, an accomplished recruiter and with stronger ties to the college game, had many supporters and the tide seemed to shift over the Thanksgiving holiday.

Gray danced around talk about the Memphis opening earlier this week with reporters at Redskins Park, trying his best to remain focused on the Redskins' next opponent.

"It's good, in my case, because the distractions are out there," Gray said Wednesday. "And I know that I've got to keep myself more focused on Philadelphia, and not look around and say, 'Okay, this happening and this happening.' We got to really focus in on the Philadelphia Eagles. It is real hard. And to me, with a lot of stuff going on, I think it makes you a better coach."

It was the second time this season that media reports have linked Gray's name with a head coaching job. Last month, as the Redskins began preparing to face the Eagles the first time, speculation centered on Gray assuming an interim head-coaching title if Coach Jim Zorn were fired midseason. Zorn was later given assurance he'd continue coaching the Redskins for the remainder of the year, and Gray has continued in his role as the secondary coach.

Heading into Sunday's game, Gray's unit has helped the Redskins to post the league's top-ranked pass defense.

Russ Grimm a HOF semifinalist

Russ Grimm was among 25 modern era semifinalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame announced Saturday, Mark Maske reports.

By Rick Maese  |  November 28, 2009; 2:13 PM ET
 
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JG will not have a hard time finding another job. Have not been happy w/his secondary scheme over the last couple of years, but he is a class guy.

Posted by: Curzon417 | November 28, 2009 2:30 PM | Report abuse

PAskinsfan,

We put together an offensive line with Samuels, Jansen, Dockery, and bring in Randy Thomas(who was a monster at the time) and it still did nothing for us.

You still need a QB to lead the offense.

There are several examples of the offensive line not being as important as the QB. There is also an example of a QB winning despite his O-line.

You still need a QB who is capable of playing at a Pro-Bowl level to win a championship. IRREGARDLESS IF HIS APPEARANCE OCCURS AFTER HIS SUPERBOWL WIN!

Posted by: Vicc | November 28, 2009 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Oh, and saying first is akin to watching LL celebrate after he finally makes a tackle.

Posted by: Curzon417 | November 28, 2009 2:32 PM | Report abuse

zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Posted by: greatteamdan | November 28, 2009 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Glawrence, I flew out for Mizzou/FKU game, tailgating as we,er, speak. Y'all do it right out here. Not my first one, goodtimes!

Posted by: RomoShortball | November 28, 2009 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Too bad for Gray, but it sounded like a long-shot competing against a well-liked alum.

Posted by: League-Source | November 28, 2009 2:32 PM | Report abuse

PAskinsfan,

Can we both agree that Matt Ryan is gonna be a really good QB?

Is it safe to assume that he will eventually make a Pro-Bowl roster?

I think we both know that Jason Campbell will never make a Pro-Bowl, right?

Posted by: Vicc | November 28, 2009 2:33 PM | Report abuse

how about a coaching staff that actually uses guys in the right position, instead of playing them out of their natural positions expecting miracles.

Landry stinking the place up at FS when everyone knows he's a SS and that's what he was drafted to be.

Orakpo moved to LB when he's a dominating pass rushing DE and has most of his sacks from that position.

doing the same thing with Jason Taylor when he landed in their lap, which he outright complained about.

letting Carlos Rogers on the field at all, ever (LOL)

of course above the whole mess you have Danny the Boy playing his little petty games while DC burns.

Posted by: greatteamdan | November 28, 2009 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Good luck to Grimm. The Hogs deserve credit for those SB wins as much as any of the Skill players.

Now would be a good time to draft/sign the future Hogs in DC. Let's get it done Dano.

Posted by: Curzon417 | November 28, 2009 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Good luck to Grimm. The Hogs deserve credit for those SB wins as much as any of the Skill players.

Posted by: Curzon417 | November 28, 2009 3:22 PM

Good luck is right, but I don't know whether the Buffalo job is good luck or bad luck. That place is a revolving door -- five since Levy retired in 1997 (counting the current interim guy). Of course, that's almost stable compared to the Redskins.

Posted by: League-Source | November 28, 2009 3:54 PM | Report abuse

They just showed Spurrier's record with the 'Skins during the South Carolina game: 12-20. I thought that was bad, but what's Zorn's record: 10-16? He's got to win three of the next six to do better than Spurrier.

Posted by: League-Source | November 28, 2009 4:01 PM | Report abuse

For Rypien the drive was more sweet vindication. Having been brought to his knees by Skins management during a preseason holdout last summer, he had signed a one-year deal worth $1.25 million, about half a million less than he wanted. "It took a lot of nerve," he said last week of his willingness to risk his future worth on this season's performance. But now, as perhaps the most underpaid free agent in the history of the game, he could break the bank.

From an article in the SI vault, describing the td he threw to Clark in SB 26.
I've been a Skins fan since 1989, I was 5, and I remember watching this game on January 26th 1992. I have the season in review on tape and watch it all the time. But the SI vault has all the original articles, they're really good.

Posted by: saltine182 | November 28, 2009 4:12 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: saltine182 | November 28, 2009 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Grimm would be a perfect fit for the Bills since they have a very inexperienced OL.

Grimm in the Hall, that is overdue.

As for Jerry Gray not getting the HC job, maybe the Memphis AD looked at the video of the Skins secondary this season ...

Posted by: zcezcest1 | November 28, 2009 5:10 PM | Report abuse

As for the HOF, emmitt and Jerry Rice are locks.

Tim Brown has a very good shot, he's not just all-time in pass receptions, but also in kick returns. To me, he is first ballot worthy. Cris Carter is still trying to get in and deserves a spot. Shannon Sharpe also seems to have a good chance to me.

Of note, Sharpe broke the record for TDs by a TE held by .... the Redskins Jerry Smith. Sharpe finished with 62 TDs, Smith, who retired in the mid 70's had 60. So why isn't Jerry Smith in? After all, how many guys hold a record for 30 years?

I'd guess Rickey Jackson, Richard Dent and John Randle will be among the top candidates on the defensive side.

Grimm is overdue, but its a crowded field with the WRs. In his favor, Grimm and Dermontti Dawson are the only OL in the group.

But after emmitt and Rice get in, just 3 slots remain. All this tells me that Grimm will have trouble getting in again this year.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | November 28, 2009 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Why pray tell is everyone ragging on the secondary and JG PLEASE!!! they didn't have a pass rush last year after the Dummy(Vinny) gave away a second for dancin wit da stars alum Jason(pretty boy)Taylor who was supposed to infuse the pass rush, yeah right the only thing he infused was his bank account, he's got a CB with claws for hands(Los)he tragically loses a future HOF Sean Taylor and has another potential all pro playing out of position and it's his fault? PLEASE! WAKE THE HELL UP!!!.

Posted by: dargregmag | November 28, 2009 6:18 PM | Report abuse

Curzon417: We have the number 1 pass defense in the NFL. Jerry Gray may be the best we've got.

Posted by: lordtwang | November 28, 2009 7:12 PM | Report abuse

So Tiger Woods is having an affair, he and his wife argue, he goes to drive away, she smashes the windows with golf club and he crashes the SUV.

Now what story will they come up with, Tiger, I can drive but I can't backup...

Posted by: noonefromtampa | November 28, 2009 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Let's bring back Casserly and Grimm to take us to the future

Posted by: noonefromtampa | November 28, 2009 7:49 PM | Report abuse

Grimm would be a perfect fit for the Bills since they have a very inexperienced OL.

Because a head coach/QB coach/OC works so well Up Here, right?
I'm anti-head-coach as anything other than head coach at this point.
When Zorn was hired and we found out the structure he had in mind, I was concerned that QB coach/OC/head coach was too much for the man. The only thing that's changed is that I'm now of the opinion he's not very good at any of them.
I haven't seen progress in JC's game.
I haven't seen offensive genius.
I haven't seen strategery in player selection, game-day management, player discipline, or operational effectiveness.

So I want my head coach to coach. And not GM. If he calls the plays, I'm sorta ambivalent, as long as a reasonably strong OC is responsible for the details.

Posted by: daggar | November 28, 2009 8:39 PM | Report abuse

Jerry Gray has never struck me as a stellar coach. He has done a good job when he has had the talent, but he has not done a good job developing the youngsters. Carlos Rogers was Jerry Gray's guy as much as any and Carlos never made it to that next level. Guys like Shawn Springs came to him as polished players, so he never really had to do much with them. What this team needs are coaches that can bring out the best in those young players. A guy like Barnes should be on the field but he is not coming along like everyone thought he would. Most of that is on Barnes, but some of that has to fall on the coaches. Maybe Tryon will make a liar out of me, but I just don't see Gray getting the most of his young players...

Posted by: RedSkinHead | November 29, 2009 12:27 AM | Report abuse

Are you kidding? Without Jerry Gray, the whole march to the hall of fame of one Leigh Torrence would be nothing more than a might-have-been.

BTW, in order to keep NO from being too good, they just forced the team to put Leigh on IR.
Who are "they", you ask? Why, the Trilateral Commission, of course.

Posted by: daggar | November 29, 2009 1:00 AM | Report abuse

Jerry Gray has never struck me as a stellar coach. He has done a good job when he has had the talent, but he has not done a good job developing the youngsters.

Posted by: RedSkinHead | November 29, 2009 12:27 AM

Yeah, the guy is an abject failure. Look at Justin Tryon, Reed Doughty, Chris Horton. These guys would have been so much better if they'd had some decent coaching. Any success in Gray's secondary is due to the player's ability. Every failure is a result of Gray's coaching.

Posted by: League-Source | November 29, 2009 6:57 AM | Report abuse

Looking back at that SI article reminds me...Wilbur Marshall is the classic example of how to use free agency. He was successful in DC only because the basic building blocks of the team were solidly in place when he arrived. He wouldn't be successful here now any more than Haynesworth or Carter or Fletcher or Griffin or FITB are ...

Posted by: Pepper5 | November 29, 2009 10:35 AM | Report abuse

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