MOBILE, Ala. _ Tennessee Titans defensive coordinator Jerry Gray said he was pleased with his head coaching interviews with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Indianapolis Colts and is hopeful of getting a call on that front.
Thus far, no second interview with either the Colts or the Bucs has been scheduled, but Gray said he felt good about his interviews in both situations.
“It was good. You got a chance to go and meet the owner and meet the GM,” Gray said of both interviews. “Those guys are really good. They kind of tell you what their philosophy is and what they're looking for in a head coach, and hopefully I fit one of those.”
Gray said the situations with the two teams are vastly different as the Buccaneers have mostly a young roster, while the Colts are veteran-laden, but may be heading into a rebuilding process with the first overall pick in the draft.
“Both were different. One has a little bit more veteran players in Indy and you've got a lot of young guys over at Tampa Bay. It just depends on what situation you get,” Gray said.
Even if he lands neither job, Gray says he has plenty to do in his current position.
“I think you've got to wait it out. One thing I'm still going to be doing is I'm still going to coach for the Tennessee Titans, and we've got to get better also,” Gray said. “You go 9-7 and you're hoping that everything falls and we draft like we did last year and we get our veteran guys back. If it doesn't happen as a head coach, you hit the ground running and you go from there.”
Gray said if a head coaching opportunity comes his way he believes he is ready for the challenge and knows it won't be easy.
“I don't think it's an easy job. I think a lot of guys look at success like at San Francisco and they want to think it's an easy job,” Gray said. “But I think it's one of the hardest jobs in football. You have to manage a lot of people. You have to manage your coaches and do all those things. To me, am I up for it? Of course, I am. But will you need help? A lot of help. That's realistic with a young guy coming in and trying to be a head coach, you're going to need a lot of help.”