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Titans coordinator Gray says he has interview with Bucs

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Published:   |   Updated: March 19, 2013 at 09:47 AM
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Four-time Pro Bowl cornerback Jerry Gray finished up his playing career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1993. Now there is a chance he may start his head coaching career with the same team.

Gray, who spent last season serving as the defensive coordinator for the Tennessee Titans, was expected to meet with the Bucs regarding their head coaching vacancy today or Thursday, according to an ESPN report.

Bucs officials would not confirm the report, but Gray told ESPN he talked to the Bucs on Tuesday and was scheduled to fly into Tampa today and would meet with the team later in the day or Thursday.

The Bucs are searching for a new head coach after firing Raheem Morris on Monday. The Bucs were 17-31 overall and lost their last 10 games in 2011 under Morris, who locked horns with Gray during a 23-17 loss at Tennessee in November.

Gray was in his first year as the Titans defensive coordinator but he held the same position with the Buffalo Bills from 2001 to 2005, finishing second in the NFL in yards allowed and in the top 10 in points allowed in 2003 and 2004.

Gray's 2004 Bills defense also led the league in takeaways with 39, ranked third in sacks with 45, fifth in red zone defense and featured two Pro Bowlers in lineman Sam Adams and linebacker Takeo Spikes.

After Bills coach Gregg Williams was fired following the 2005 season, Gray followed Williams to Washington, where Williams took over as defensive coordinator and Gray as secondary coach.

Gray stayed with the Redskins through the 2009 season, and he was interviewed for the head coach's job with the Redskins following Jim Zorn's dismissal, but wound up taking a job as secondary coach with the Seahawks for 2010.

He started 2011 by accepting a position as assistant head coach/defensive backs coach at the University of Texas, but in mid-February Gray accepted the Titans defensive coordinator's post.

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