Gray: Lions 'want to get it right'
Redskins secondary coach Jerry Gray was the second person to interview for the vacant Lions head-coaching job, meeting with team brass a week ago, and he said Thursday he's been given no indication when the team will make its decision.
They're going to interview the rest of the guys and to me that's only fair because you want to get it right, Gray said. The position they're in, they want to get it right. You take as long as you need. To me, you got to be thorough.
Giants defensive coordinators Steve Spagnuolo got the first interview last Thursday, followed by Gray, Titans defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz, Cowboys offensive coordinator Jason Garrett and Dolphins assistant head coach Todd Bowles. Vikings defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier will be in town Friday.
Gray said his interview was his second to be a head coach in the NFL. Three years ago, when he was defensive coordinator with the Buffalo Bills, he interviewed to replace Dom Capers with the Houston Texans.
He said last week's interview was a lot better simply because he's been through the process before, but declined to reveal much else about the process.
I think they did a great job, Gray said of the Lions. That's pretty much all I can comment on. It was a great experience.
Though some have suggested the Lions brought Gray in with more of an eye towards making him defensive coordinator he worked under another reported candidate for two years in Buffalo, Falcons offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey, who he said he has a good relationship with Gray said he interviewed only to be a head coach. He's also been mentioned as a candidate to be defensive coordinator in Houston.
I think I have what it takes to be a head coach, Gray said. If you look at (my playing and coaching career) overall, I think I have a whole lot more successes than failures.