Skins start interviewing possible head coaches

From Jason La Canfora of

The Washington Redskins already have begun the process of interviewing candidates for their potential head-coaching vacancy, according to league sources, with secondary coach Jerry Gray recently spending a Tuesday at team owner Daniel Snyder's house talking about the position.

Gray's candidancy would satisfy the requirements of the Rooney Rule, which mandates that NFL teams interview at least one minority candidate for coaching and general manager positions. The Redskins might have conducted other interviews with in-house candidates as well.

The Redskins also talked to at least one minority candidate for its GM job, with their current pro personnel director, Morocco Brown, among those interviewed, according to league sources. The Redskins declined to comment on the matter.

The Redskins' interest in major organizational changes is no secret (Bruce Allen replaced Vinny Cerrato as the top of football operations Thursday), and numerous coaches and executives expect Mike Shanahan to take over for Jim Zorn as head coach shortly after the season ends. Shanahan has been working out of an office in Denver, reviewing film and contacting potential staff members for weeks, according to sources, and Snyder is focused on the former Broncos coach taking the reins in Washington.

Allen and Shanahan also have been in tandem. Shanahan told the Buffalo Bills that he wanted Allen to be a part of his operation when he interviewed with the team several weeks ago, according to league sources.


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