On Wednesday, reporters asked Redskins secondary coach Jerry Gray whether he interviewed for the team’s head-coaching position, which currently is filled.
According to Jason Reid of the Washington Post, Gray initially said that he hadn’t, but when pressed by one of the reporters Gray didn’t deny it.
Later, the team’s public relation staff informed reporters that Gray’s initial “no” regarding whether he interviewed actually should have been “no comment.”
League observers suspect that the Redskins have pre-complied with the Rooney Rule by interviewing Gray and/or defensive coordinator Greg Blache for the head-coaching job. Though NFL spokesman Greg Aiello recently told us that the Rooney Rule as applied to coaches presumes the existence of a vacancy, Jay Glazer of FOX suggested on Sunday that the interviews of minority candidates are being done to clear a path for the hiring of Mike Shanahan promptly upon the termination of Zorn.