Redskins insider: Gray interviews for head-coaching position

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Gray interviews, Blache does not

Defensive coordinator Greg Blache did not interview for the Washington Redskins' head coaching position, but secondary coach Jerry Gray did, league sources confirmed Saturday.

ProFootballTalk.com reported that Blache interviewed for the position currently occupied by Jim Zorn, but it was Gray, who has publicly expressed his desire to become a head coach and was a finalist for the position at the University of Memphis, who recently spent time discussing the position with owner Daniel Snyder, according to sources.

Blache and Gray are African American, so Washington complied with the Rooney Rule, which states that minority candidates must be interviewed for head-coaching and senior front-office vacancies -- in formally meeting with Gray.

The Redskins have declined comment on their plans to replace Zorn, who is expected to lead the team Monday night against the New York Giants at FedEx Field. But the Redskins are reportedly in negotiations to hire former Denver Broncos coach Mike Shanahan as their next coach.

The revelation that Gray interviewed for his boss's job could produce divisions within the coaching staff during the season's final weeks.

Although Bruce Allen, the team's new top football official, says he plans to evaluate Zorn and the assistant coaches over the final three games before making any decisions, Zorn and most of the assistants have realized for at least two months they would not return for next season, team sources said.

Haynesworth probable

Although the Redskins' final practice before their game against the Giants was canceled Saturday because of the snowstorm, there was still some movement on the injury report.

The good news: Defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth, who has missed the team's past two games, is listed as probable for Monday night's game against the Giants.

The bad news: Several other players are questionable, including Graham Gano, the only place kicker on the roster, who has been bothered all week by a foot injury.

Right tackle Stephon Heyer is listed as questionable, but when Zorn talked about him Friday, he didn't sound optimistic.

Heyer didn't practice last week and has been bothered by a knee injury for the past several weeks. William Robinson, signed off the practice squad this month, likely would start in Heyer's place.

Also questionable: fullback Mike Sellers, who missed last week's game, cornerback DeAngelo Hall, safety Kareem Moore and defensive tackle Cornelius Griffin.

For the Giants, tackle Kareem McKenzie and cornerback Corey Webster are listed as doubtful. Cornerback Aaron Ross is questionable.

Quarterback Eli Manning and running back Ahmad Bradshaw are both probable.

With practice canceled, players were unavailable for interviews. And Gano's Twitter account did little to clarify his status. He tweeted: "U take me outta Florida but u can't take Florida outta me . . . I'm wearin sandals in the snow."

-- Rick Maese and Jason Reid


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