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PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release

January 30, 2006

JERRY GRAY JOINS REDSKINS DEFENSIVE COACHING STAFF

ASHBURN, VA - The Washington Redskins announced today they have hired

Jerry Gray as secondary/cornerbacks coach. Gray brings more than 18

years of NFL experience to Washington, nine seasons as a player and nine

as an assistant coach.

The addition of Gray, former defensive coordinator for the Buffalo

Bills, brings the number of former coordinators on the defensive staff

to four with Gregg Williams (including three years as head coach), Greg

Blache and Dale Lindsey. Gray replaces DeWayne Walker, who left the

Redskins to be the defensive coordinator at UCLA.

"We are ecstatic to have a coach with the caliber and experience of

Jerry Gray joining our staff," said Assistant Head Coach-Defense Gregg

Williams. "Obviously I am familiar with Jerry from our previous years

together and know that he is a great fit for our defense. He adds a new

dynamic to our coaching staff and will help us continue to be one of the

top defenses in the National Football League."

"We wish DeWayne all the best in his new endeavor," Williams continued.

"He did a tremendous for us in his two years here in working with our

corners, developing them into an outstanding unit and finishing seventh

in 2004 and sixth in 2005 in pass defense in the NFL."

For the past five seasons Gray was the defensive coordinator for the

Bills. In 2004, he led a defense that finished in the top five in the

NFL in touchdowns allowed (29), yards allowed per game (264.2), passing

yards allowed per game (164.0), sacks registered (45) and led the League

with 39 turnovers forced. In 2003, Gray's defense finished the year

ranked second in the NFL in total defense (second against the pass,

eight against the run). Prior to his time in Buffalo he served four

seasons as an assistant with the Tennessee Titans, including the last

two as defensive backs coach. He helped Tennessee finish as the NFL's

#1 ranked pass defense and total defense in 2000. He originally started

with the Titans as defensive assistant/quality control in 1997 before

being elevated to defensive backs coach. He broke into the coaching

ranks in 1995 as the defensive backs coach at Southern Methodist

University.

Gray has served as an assistant coach under Redskins Assistant Head

Coach-Defense Gregg Williams both in Tennessee and Buffalo as well as a

player Houston, and is a former teammate of Passing Game/Safeties Coach

Steve Jackson. Gray played nine seasons in the NFL, earning All-Pro

honors four times and reaching the Pro Bowl four times (1986-89). He

was also named the NFL's Defensive-Back-of-the-Year in 1989 and earned

Pro Bowl MVP honors in 1990. He was a two-time consensus All-American

at the University of Texas.

The Redskins also announced today that defensive assistant coach Kirk

Olivadotti will be promoted and given the new title of defensive

line/special teams assistant.

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This is huge and an upgrade to Walker. Many consider him one of the best young defensive minds in the game. We have hands down the best coaching staff in the league and it's nice to see coaches wanting to be a part of a winning future. People wouldn't be coming if they didn't think something special is getting ready to happen in DC. Not sure everyone can appreciate how big this is.

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Looks like an excellent hire to me, based on past experience. Seems to me, this cat should be a DC somewhere in this league.

I'm happy Snyder is willing to pay the bucks that entices top of the line coaches to come over here :cool:

This trend will likely translate into a SalCap on coaches :laugh:

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Sounds like a good addition.

This is one of the worst-written press releases I've seen in while, by the way--look at this 'quote' from Wiliams. Nobody ever uttered these words. If you're going to put words in somebody's mouth, try to make them sound like actual dialogue:

We wish DeWayne all the best in his new endeavor," Williams continued.

"He did a tremendous for us in his two years here in working with our

corners, developing them into an outstanding unit and finishing seventh

in 2004 and sixth in 2005 in pass defense in the NFL."

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Sounds like a good addition.

This is one of the worst-written press releases I've seen in while, by the way--look at this 'quote' from Wiliams. Nobody ever uttered these words. If you're going to put words in somebody's mouth, try to make them sound like actual dialogue:

We wish DeWayne all the best in his new endeavor," Williams continued.

"He did a tremendous for us in his two years here in working with our

corners, developing them into an outstanding unit and finishing seventh

in 2004 and sixth in 2005 in pass defense in the NFL."

I see what you mean.

However, if you've seen a Gregg Williams interview... then these words are true. Williams is a stat guy... he knows exactly how his pass and rush defense is faring and ranked.

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I think we now have 3 guys who are or have been coordinators on our defensive coaching staff. This is sick. Maybe Gibbs can coerce Dick Vermeil into coming out retirement to be his motivation/get back coach. I don't think we have a get-back coach as of yet. At least not one with the offical title.

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this is setting a very bad precedent in the NFL,is the nfl nascar?i mean i love what we are doing,but at what cost to the nfl?i think a cap for coaches is coming sooner than we think it is.you want dick to cry on our sidelines evertime santana and CP score a TD? i dont think so LOL

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this is setting a very bad precedent in the NFL,is the nfl nascar?i mean i love what we are doing,but at what cost to the nfl?i think a cap for coaches is coming sooner than we think it is.

For the last time, there cannot be a cap on coaches because there is no CBA between the coaches and the NFL

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This is huge and an upgrade to Walker. Many consider him one of the best young defensive minds in the game. We have hands down the best coaching staff in the league and it's nice to see coaches wanting to be a part of a winning future. People wouldn't be coming if they didn't think something special is getting ready to happen in DC. Not sure everyone can appreciate how big this is.

This is exactly why I renewed my season tickets for the next three (3) years. I do believe we (The Redskins ) will win the Super bowl this year and the year after... hail, if we can keep everybody together, we might be the first team to win three Super bowl back, to back, to back... that'll be awesome!

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Sounds like a good addition.

This is one of the worst-written press releases I've seen in while, by the way--look at this 'quote' from Wiliams. Nobody ever uttered these words. If you're going to put words in somebody's mouth, try to make them sound like actual dialogue:

We wish DeWayne all the best in his new endeavor," Williams continued.

"He did a tremendous for us in his two years here in working with our

corners, developing them into an outstanding unit and finishing seventh

in 2004 and sixth in 2005 in pass defense in the NFL."

uh those words are also on the washington post website

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this is setting a very bad precedent in the NFL,is the nfl nascar?i mean i love what we are doing,but at what cost to the nfl?i think a cap for coaches is coming sooner than we think it is.you want dick to cry on our sidelines evertime santana and CP score a TD? i dont think so LOL
:laugh: :laugh: :laugh: He was probably joking about the Vermeil thing; just chill, man.
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