Skins Fire Zorn, Shanahan Likely To Become Next Head Coach in D.C.

Zorn's typical sideline face

By Ben Linton

To no surprise to the rest of the football world, the Washington Redskins have fired their head coach Jim Zorn after a losing to the Chargers 23-20 in Week 17 to finish the season with a disappointing 4-12 record. In two years in Washington, Zorn had a combined record of 12-20, which was not good enough for Owner Daniel Snyder and General Manager Bruce Allen. Here’s a look at the best times in Zorn’s career and the worst times.

High point: Last season Zorn led the Redskins to consecutive road wins in Weeks 4 and 5 in Dallas and Philadelphia. After the first half of the 2008 season, the Skins were 6-2 and after the Dallas win Zorn had the team chant a very corny, “Hip Hip Horray!” The celebrations would not last long, as the Skins went 6-18 after that.

Low point: Following a 14-6 loss at home to the previously winless Kansas City Chiefs, the Redskins had dropped to 2-4. Jason Campbell was benched and Jim Zorn was stripped of play calling duties following the loss, the third game in which Washington gave a team their first win of 2009, including the Detroit Lions.

So what exactly went wrong? Zorn was overwhelmed with his responsibilities as head coach. He went from Quarterbacks Coach in Seattle to Offensive Coordinator in D.C. and ultimately to Head Coach. Zorn was asked to call plays and manage the team without any prior experience. He was in over his head and was not cut out for the task that was at hand. To his credit, I don’t think anyone could have been very successful under those circumstance or have done a better job remaining his dignity after being stripped of play calling duties.

What’s next? It looks like Mike Shanahan is the leading candidate to be the next coach in Washington, as he has been flown in to D.C. today to discuss a head coaching position. It also seems that he will bring his son Kyle Shanahan, Offensive Coordinator of the Houston Texans, with him to run the offense. The Redskins also have the number 4 draft pick, which they must use wisely and hit the jackpot.

I’m sure I will be back on here later to discuss more about what’s going down in our nation’s capitol.


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