Who is Jerry Gray? A look at one of the Bucs' coaching candidates
So, the Bucs have conducted an interview with Titans defensive coordinator Jerry Gray. There have been some suggestions that he is merely getting the interview to satisfy the so-called Rooney Rule, the NFL guideline that requires teams to interview at least one minority candidate for head coach and general manager openings.
Yes, it’s true that interviewing Gray – an African-American – would meet the requirement. But to minimize his qualifications for the job would be a mistake.
We don’t know what kind of shot Gray has to land the Bucs coaching post, but you can make a very compelling argument that he’s well qualified – more so than even Raheem Morris was in 2009.
Gray has worked for four different NFL clubs with two separate stints with the Titans. He’s been a defensive coordinator in Tennessee and in Buffalo for a total of six seasons. In Buffalo, his defenses twice ranked No. 2 in the NFL in yards allowed. Gray also has been a secondary coach for Southern Methodist University, the Titans, Redskins and Seahawks.
Gray is going to have significant competition, because the Bucs have made it clear they intend to conduct a comprehensive search and will look at many different kinds of coaches.
But this just serves to familiarize you with Gray just in case anyone had any preconceived notions about his candidacy.