Daniel Snyder's coaching carousel spins again
I've always been a little uncomfortable with the "Six Coaches in 10 Years" accusation leveled at Dan Snyder. He inherited Norv Turner, and interim coach Terry Robiskie shouldn't really count on that ledger. "Six in 10" sounds great, but it doesn't seem entirely fair.
But now, with reports that Jim Zorn has been fired, we'll be on to 5 in 10, and it's a legit 5 in 10, with all of these head coaches hired by Dan Snyder, and all of them departed under his watch. Let's review.
May, 1999: Snyder takes over Redskins ownership, says he will retain Norv Turner for the time being.
"We've really focused and dedicated and put pressure on when needed," Snyder tells The Post. "And we will put the pressure on. I think people generally perform better under pressure....We will be there and the players and the management of the Redskins will understand that we want to win. We didn't do this to have losing seasons."
Dec., 2000: Turner is fired with his team 7-6; Robiskie takes over as interim coach.
"This was something out of need," Daniel Snyder says. "There are three games to go. We are in the playoff hunt. We felt it was in the best interest of the organization."
Jan., 2001: Marty Schottenheimer is hired.
"Marty Schottenheimer knows how to win, and that's what Redskins fans demand in a coach," Snyder says in a statement. "I believe we have a solid player foundation at the Redskins. We're now pairing that with a coach who understands what it takes to be successful in the NFL."
"This is Marty Schottenheimer's organization from the standpoint of the final word," Snyder says at the news conference the following day. "I don't think there's a better man for the job. ... His record speaks for itself. ... This is the first official stamp that Dan Snyder is putting on this football team. ... As Marty found out, I'm not as hands-on as it may seem because I'm young and I'm in the building."
Jan., 2002: Schottenheimer is fired.
"I tried to make this work," Snyder says. "It became clear I could not bring in a quality general manager without giving that individual the right to make personnel decisions. Marty would have had full participation in all the player decisions. If there were any disagreements, I would have served as the tiebreaker."
Jan., 2002: Steve Spurrier is hired.
"Steve Spurrier will bring a supercharged, exciting and dynamic brand of football to our great fans," Snydeer says in a statement. "His ability to energize players and teams is unprecedented. The Redskins deserve to be back at the Super Bowl and I am immensely confident that Steve is the coach to get us there."
"I'm fully committed to him, no matter what," Snyder tells The Post's Liz Clarke a few days later. "I'm going to stand by him through hard times, good times, et cetera. ... He is the head coach of the Redskins for five years, at a minimum. I've staked my credibility -- along with his -- together. I hope we have a successful season. I think and pray that we will. But if we don't, I will stand by Coach Spurrier for however long it takes because he will get it right. He's a winner."
Dec., 2003: Spurrier resigns.
"I have accepted Steve's resignation with much regret, but respect his decision," Snyder says in a written statement.
Jan., 2004: Joe Gibbs is hired.
"Joe Gibbs helped define what the Washington Redskins stand for -- integrity, hard work, determination, winning and championships," Snyder says in a written statement. "Who better to set our strategy and lead the Redskins back to championship glory."
"I feel like with Joe's leadership skills and great understanding of the Redskins, there's no other person in the world that I'd rather determine the direction of the Redskins," Snyder tells The Post later in the week. "This is going to be wonderful and fun. Joe is going to do this a long time, and I fully expect him to hang around after he's done coaching."
Jan., 2008: Joe Gibbs retires.
"Joe's done a great job of stabilizing a situation that became unstable before, quite frankly, and really took hold," Snyder says at the news conference. "He's taught me a lot. I've learned a tremendous amount from him and just enjoyed it. It's been a great four years. I wanted another five-plus."
Feb., 2008: Jim Zorn is hired.
"We're proud that our search was diligent, thorough, and resulted in today's announcement," Snyder says in a statement. "Jim's track record and reputation as a player, great teacher, and as a coach makes us confident that they will translate to success for the Redskins."
"I said we'd be thorough and we'd conduct a full process and we did," Snyder says at the news conference. "We did just what we said we'd do. What we were looking for was a coach with characteristics. And our characteristics were starting with character, a character person. Joe [Gibbs] has such character and I've learned so much not only about him, but about what I and the Redskins want in the future. We also talked about leadership, great leadership, but it starts with character. It starts with a person's character, their integrity, their smarts, their drive, their energy, their passion. We ended up with the right guy. We ended with a person that has all of those plus much, much more."
Jan., 2010: Zorn is fired. Play-by-play announcer Larry Michael officially announces the news by reading a press release on ESPN 980.
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