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“A New Set Of Eyes”

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By Ben Linton

The Washington Redskins have had struggles on the offensive side of the ball so far this year. No doubt about it. The Redskins are 12th in total yards, which is respectable, but a lackluster 27th in scoring and red zone efficiency in the NFL. This prompted owner Daniel Snyder and Vice president of football operations Vinny Cerrato to bring in 67 year old Sherman Lewis to be an offensive consultant for Jim Zorn.

Lewis has a successful history with the West Coast offense. He coached running backs and wide receivers with the San Francisco 49ersunder Bill Walsh. He moved on to Green Bay and was the Packers’ offensive coordinator under Mike Holmgren for eight years, and won a Super Bowl there in 1999. He worked for Dennis Green with the Minnesota Vikings and Marty Mornhinwheg with the Detroit Lions. Now he stops in Washington to help this struggling offense that hasn’t scored 30 points in Jim Zorn’s tenure as coach.

What Lewis will basically do is consult Jim Zorn and help him prepare for games. This can be seen as a threat to Zorn and Washington pushing the panic button, but Cerrato and Snyder assured reporters that was not the case. They believe that Lewis will bring a “new set of eyes” to the offense to hopefully help it progress through the rest of the season.

I don’t believe these guys one bit. I think Lewis is there to get used to the offense, and if and when Zorn gets fired he can take over the offense in the middle of the season. Watch out Zorn, because Lewis is breathing down your neck. Will this move help the offense? Hopefully, but the only way we will know is when the Skins take on the Panthers this Sunday at 1.




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