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Zorn free, or: Bye-bye Jim

Say what you will about Jim Zorn--and most people have already--it's hard not to feel sorry for the guy. The Redskins head coach was apparently fired early this morning, dismissed after his flight back from California, escorted by security from Redskins Park.

Now, the security may have been to give the guy some respite from the media that has been circling around Zorn like vultures over a crawling cowboy, but still....

That Zorn would be gone by sunrise was the worst-kept secret in the NFL. (Wow, that's the first time I've ever typed "the worst-kept secret in the NFL." I felt a little shiver run up my spine.) Even now, dictionaries all over the country are being updated to include a photo of Zorn with the listing for "twisting in the wind." "Zorn" will enter the lexicon as a new verb. (It will have many definitions: "to be in over your head; to trudge to your inevitable doom; to work for the world's worst boss.")

Which is why I feel sorry for the guy. Has anyone else had so public a fall, so drawn-out a dismissal? (The answer: Yeah, plenty of people. I just can't think of them at 6:30 on a Monday morning.) The worst was when the TV cameras would cut to Zorn on the sidelines. There he'd be, with his clipboard and that haircut, an odd look on his face. We've all made that look. It's the look we make when we trip over a sidewalk crack and then glance around quickly in the hope nobody saw us. It's the look we make when we run into the girl we've always loved--and her boyfriend. It's a sort of flushed shame that we try to mask with a forced smile or a businesslike mien.

In that strange calculus of "The enemy of my enemy is my friend," Zorn was a friend to all of us who think that Dan Snyder has not been, shall we say, a good influence on the Redskins. And now Zorn is gone. I hope he spends the next month lying on the beach some place warm. He deserves it.

By John Kelly  |  January 4, 2010; 7:41 AM ET
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I'm just dying to know what Norv Turner whispered in his ear when they shook hands after the game yesterday. I imagine it was something like, "You'll be fine. Trust me - I know."

Posted by: EinDC | January 4, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

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