End of Zorn: The talking head speculation
Will be updated all through the day. And, sadly, the early morning hours....Most recent update first....
5:16, Fox analyst John Lynch: "We've been hearing a lot of things about Jim Zorn not being here, about who is going to be here, Mike Shanahan being one of those names tossed around. I have remained friendly with Mike Shanahan, he coached me for four years, he brought me to Denver, and I spoke to him yesterday. And in talking to him yesterday, I would not be surprised if he ends up in Washington. I think the thing that appeals to him--and a lot of people I think would say why--is their owner, Daniel Snyder. I think a lot of people say with all the distractions, why, but I think as a head coach what you want is an owner that's passionate about winning.
"And regardless of what you think about Dan Snyder and the way he's handled certain things, particularly Jim Zorn's situation, you've got to say he's passionate about winning. Has he been successful at doing so? No. but he will spend the money that he needs to, he'll give you the resources. I think that's attractive to Mike Shanahan. Do I think that Mike Shanahan will be the head coach? I do. I don't know when it's gonna happen, but I do think he'll be the head coach. As I said, I spoke to him, he didn't tell me any of that, but that's my gut feeling in talking to my former coach."
5:15, Fox sideline reporter Nischelle Turner: "Jim Zorn talked to us about the future of him with the team, and he told us that there's been so much speculation, he's heard it all, and he actually expects to know something about his future maybe tonight after the game or tomorrow at the latest. He doesn't think that they're going to prolong this thing one way or another."
3:35, CSN's Kelli Johnson: "Obviously Mike Shanahan, if he is the next head coach of the Washington Redskins, I'm hearing he pretty much has his staff in place, that could include Mike Zimmer as defensive coordinator, who of course is the D coordinator in Cincy right now, and his son Kyle Shanahan, who is the offensive coordinator in Houston. As we know, Shanahan's been in the league a long time, he has his guys that he will likely bring in here in 2010."
2:45, Sam Huff, ESPN 980: "Here we go again, around and around and around. I don't know. I don't believe in changing coaches all the time. Look at Norv Turner, all right? Norv Turner is here now and he's taken this team out here in San Diego to the playoffs and everything else, he has done very, very well here, and he was coaching the Redskins. It's kind of like a merry-go-round with coaches, and I've always said coaches lose football games, they don't win 'em....I don't know, it's not my decision, it's Mr. Snyder's decision and Bruce Allen's, but here we go again. We've been around here a long time. Coaches come and coaches go. There's one thing about this, Sonny, Sam and Larry are pretty stable. I hope we can stay that way."
2:25, Joe Theismann, ESPN 980: "I believe the Redskins will have a new football coach by mid-week and I think Jim will be terminated after this ballgame, probably tomorrow. I think that Mike is a guy that I think Dan Snyder has targeted, he is probably the most coveted of the coaches now that Mike Holmgren has taken a presidential position with the Cleveland Browns. I still don't believe that Bill Cowher is gonna be back in the game this year....And I feel very strongly that you needed someone like that to come into the organization, but not just for a short period of time. There has to be a commitment by management that this person is gonna get this thing turned around. It has to be a similar situation to what we had when Coach Gibbs came back and restored some pride and some discipline and some integrity to the football program. This has been a team run amok for the last two years. It's been undisciplined, it's kowtowed to certain players, it's kissed their rear ends, and it's time for it all to stop. And I believe that Mike is the kind of guy who brings in that kind of toughness."
1:30, Sonny Jurgensen, ESPN 980: "[Expect the firing to come] tomorrow. I think we will hear the word search come into the equation--that now the search for a new coach begins--but that could happen very quickly. I think the decision has been made and that they will have one in very shortly. You know, they're in no rush, but I think they could go ahead and do the thing and get it over with, and let them get started and get this thing back into some order staff. I'm not sure [what assistants Mike Shanahan] has in mind or who he's talked with. I'm sure that's been on his plate for a while now...if he is the man. We don't know that. I don't know that. If he is the man...this thing, they've got their work cut out for them."
2:10, Bruce Allen, ESPN 980: "We'll meet with the coaches tomorrow, have some discussions. I always have the coaches fill out reports on how the players performed this season, their benefits and assets that they see with the young and all the players, and we'll start those evaluations early when we get back."
1:08, ESPN's Adam Schefter: "Washington closes out its season at San Diego, and it's possible that Allen could fire Zorn on the long plane ride home. But it is more likely that Zorn will be dismissed Monday, once the team is back and settled in Washington. Either way, Zorn is expected to be the first head coach fired in what always is one of the most tumultuous times of the year in the NFL."
12:30, CBS's Charley Casserly: "Here's two names I've heard [as Shanahan assistants]. First of all his son Kyle Shanahan, presently the offensive coordinator of the Houston Texans. Last summer Kyle Shanahan turned down a contract extension and has told people he would like to coach with his dad, so I would expect him in Washington as the offensive coordinator. On the defensive side of the ball, Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer, his contract is up, and he has not been interested in signing an extension with the Bengals. In my opinion, I expect him to be in Washington as the defensive coordinator."
12:10:, Fox's Jay Glazer: "We all do know that Jim Zorn will be fired as the head coach of the Redskins probably within the next 24 to 48 hours, but what [you] don't know is the fact that Bruce Allen, their general manager, has been very quietly calling around this week contingency candidates just in case Mike Shanahan decides to take the money and run somewhere else."
Friday, Jim Zorn: "My feeling is I'm here for the next 10 years. That's what I want. And yet all the speculation is...I'll get clipped. But that's not my worry. My concern is the football team and how we go into the offseason."
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