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Adam Schefter on Zorn's Job Security

Wednesday's episode of the circling vultures trying to listen in to what the other circling vultures are saying has starred, among others, Adam Schefter. Here's the ESPN clip of him being asked whether Zorn's on the hot seat, which was replayed by Mike and Mike, which was then aired on ESPN 980 and podcasted on

There's no question about it. The problem is is that he runs the offense, he works closely with Jason Campbell and we're three weeks into the season. So if you fire him now--which I personally think he's on the clock from here through the rest of the season or until he loses his job--then what do you do? It's a tough thing to bring in somebody at this point in time to take over a team. I don't remember it being done at this early of a point in the season. Jim Zorn represents their offensive minds. He basically calls the plays, he works with the quarterback, he runs the offense, so if you get rid of him and you fire him, what do you do?

Which led to Mike and Mike discussing whether Zorn should be canned, and if so, whether he should be replaced by someone outside the organization.

"The one thing I'll say, Mike, is if the entire system ain't working, why wouldn't you change it?" Greenberg said. "You're making a change because everything is so bad....If you're not, then why are you firing the coach? You're just reshuffling the deck chairs on the Titanic."

"Yes, you're absolutely right," Golic said.

"I mean, sometimes it works, right?" Greenberg asked. "I know baseball and football are totally different, but they fired in Colorado a manager and they bring in Jim Tracy, look what they did."

Then the Mikes, continuing to pick small bits of skin off the carcass, began discussing Albert Haynesworth, who was voted the most dominating defensive player in the NFL in Sports Illustrated's latest Player Poll.

"He was a devastating D tackle for Tennessee, and listen, he hasn't been that for Washington right now," Golic said. "And now he's gotten nicked up a little bit, which unfortunately for Washington has been their M.O. Remember starting in like 2000, signing free agents? Up to a couple years ago they had signed x amount of Pro Bowl players from other teams and they never made the Pro Bowl with the Redskins. I mean, they have been bit by that bug for years now, bringing in supposed stars who just haven't been stars when they get to Washington."

If that isn't enough scavaging, see also Peter King talking about why Mike Holmgren might be a viable candidate to replace Zorn.

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 30, 2009; 11:32 AM ET
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The problems with the Redskins are far higher up the totem pole than Jim Zorn. Firing the coach at any point with this organization is simply "rearranging deck chairs on the titanic."

Posted by: FlyersSuck | September 30, 2009 11:41 AM | Report abuse

something needs to be written on the "curse of scorned redskin players." It seems that whenever we play a player/coach who has been burned by the team in some way we lose to that team. Just off the top of my head, Jon Jansen with Detroit, Lavar with the Giants, Stephen Davis with Carolina. It seems specific to Snyders era.

Posted by: tedunni1 | September 30, 2009 12:45 PM | Report abuse

I agree with FS. The problem isn't Zorn. The only thing I do fault him for is taking the OC job before any other assistants or even the HC was hired. I mean, shouldn't that tip you off that the organization does things bass ackwards?

When none of the other "candidates" would take the job, Snyder had no choice but to hire Zorn.

Posted by: Randy_Hawkins | September 30, 2009 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Why did Shefter keep saying, "he works with the quarterback"? I think that's the least of Zorn's problems. Campbell is the 9th best passer in the league. Zorn's work (in his natural and best suited role) as QB coach with Hasselbeck was a success (he was also a top 10 rated passer during Zorn's stint in Seattle).

Zorn is way out of his depth as head coach of a dysfunctional team/franchise. He will and probably should lose his job, but that's not because he fails in working with quarterbacks. How come Shefter didn't say, "he works with the offensive line" that limited the team to 65 rushing yards against the Lions + can't push the offense into the end zone?

Posted by: Kev29 | September 30, 2009 1:52 PM | Report abuse

When none of the other "candidates" would take the job, Snyder had no choice but to hire Zorn.

Posted by: Randy_Hawkins | September 30, 2009 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Randy, you've printed some idiotic things on here before but this may take the cake. A) Gregg Williams was one of the candidates, and would have loved the job. B) Jim Fassel was one of the candidates, and he too would have loved the job.

Please. Please. Get a clue.

Posted by: Barno1 | September 30, 2009 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Wait, what happened to the Titanic?

Posted by: peterandmeredith | October 1, 2009 8:41 AM | Report abuse

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