The Green Bay Packers promoted Jerry Gray to defensive backs/passing game coordinator on March 1, 2021.
Gray, who is entering his 25th season coaching in the NFL and second for the Packers, served as the defensive backs coach for Green Bay in 2020. He helped lead the Packers to a No. 9 ranking in total defense (334.0 ypg) and a No. 7 ranking in pass defense (221.2 ypg) last season, the first time Green Bay ranked in the top 10 in both categories since 2010. Under Gray's tutelage, third-year CB Jaire Alexander earned second-team All-Pro honors from The Associated Press, becoming the first Green Bay CB to earn All-Pro honors since Charles Woodson in 2011. Alexander was also named to his first career Pro Bowl in 2020, making him one of three CBs in franchise history to make the Pro Bowl in his first three seasons (Herb Adderley, 1963, third season; Willie Buchanon, 1973, second season). Gray joined the Packers after spending six years (2014-19) coaching defensive backs for the Minnesota Vikings, where he tutored All-Pro CB Xavier Rhodes and S Harrison Smith. From 2014-19, Gray's defensive backfield was part of a unit that ranked in the top five in the NFL in scoring defense (19.3 ppg, No. 2), overall defense (321.8 ypg, No. 3) and passing defense (214.7 ypg, No. 3). Gray has contributed to a top-10 scoring defense 10 times during his coaching career, including in 2019 when Minnesota was tied for No. 5 in the NFL (18.9 ppg). He was a defensive coordinator twice in the NFL, first with the Buffalo Bills (2001-05) and then the Tennessee Titans (2011-13). Gray also coached defensive backs for the Seattle Seahawks (2010), the Washington Football Team (2006-09) and the Titans (1999-2000). After his playing career as a cornerback, in which he made four Pro Bowls (1986-89) and earned second-team AP All-Pro honors two times (1986 and 1989), he began coaching defensive backs at Southern Methodist University in 1995. After two seasons, he returned to the NFL as a defensive quality control coach for the Tennessee Oilers (1997-98).