Interviewed by the Redskins for their then-vacant head coaching position in a move most believed to be a cosmetic move to stay in compliance with the Rooney Role as they went after Mike Shanahan, Gray was a very popular coach who most Washington players hoped the new regime would retain. But other teams were watching, and the new Seahawks regime jumped at the chance to add him to their coaching staff. Last Week, new Seahawks head coach/vice president of football operations Pete Carroll talked about the process.
"We'll also add a secondary coach that's just lights out -- you'll see in a couple days when we announce it," Carroll said last Friday. "That gives me the freedom to do things that I want to do -- to help out, but to also have great leadership in the room, and run with it." Gray will join retained defensive coordinator Gus Bradley and line coach Dan Quinn to form a group that , with Carroll's help, hopes to greatly improve on last season's ranking of 29th in Defensive DVOA.
"I do have an offer from Seattle to be their secondary coach, and it's a one-of-a-kind offer, but I have not signed yet," Gray told Jason Reid of the Post on Monday evening. "I'm not waiting for any particular reason, but with the holiday [Martin Luther King day] it hasn't happened yet. I'm not saying it won't happen. We'll see what happens tomorrow [Tuesday].
"Pete Carroll is a great guy and he's offered me a great opportunity. With the holiday, I didn't want to bother anyone there today. But I'm sure we'll talk tomorrow. I have not heard from the Redskins, but I am not waiting for the Redskins."
Gray is used to performing quick turnarounds. In 2006, his first year with the Redskins, the team finished last in the NFL in Defensive Passing DVOA, only to rise to sixth in 2007 despite the death of safety Sean Taylor. When he took over as the Buffalo Bills' defensive coordinator in 2001, the team ranked 26th in Defensive DVOA, but rose to first in the NFL by 2004. He began his coaching career with the Tennessee Titans in 1997 as the team's defensive assistant/quality control coach. He was promoted to the role of defensive backs coach in 1999.
Gray enjoyed a nine-year career as a defensive back in the NFL from 1985 through 1993, making the Pro Bowl four times. He played for the Los Angeles Rams, Houston Oilers, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.