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Redskins Insider: January 3, 2010 - January 9, 2010

Shanahan may retain Smith, Mitchell

As new Coach Mike Shanahan assembles his staff, he could consider two proven in-house candidates to coach running backs: Sherman Smith and Stump Mitchell. Smith, who served as offensive coordinator during Jim Zorn's two seasons, formerly was the Tennessee Titans' longtime running backs coach. Former Titans all-pro running back Eddie...

By Jason Reid  |  January 9, 2010; 6:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (151)
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Redskins denied permission to interview Broncos' Turner

The Denver Broncos have denied the Redskins' request to interview running backs coach Bobby Turner for a position on new Coach Mike Shanahan's first staff, a league source said. Washington sought to bring in Turner, a longtime member of the Broncos' staff under Shanahan, to speak with Redskins officials about...

By Jason Reid  |  January 8, 2010; 9:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (151)
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Grimm is a finalist for Hall of Fame

Former Washington Redskins offensive lineman Russ Grimm, one of the original "Hogs," is one of 15 finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, joining first-time finalists Tim Brown, Jerry Rice and Emmitt Smith on the list. Grimm, who played his entire career as a guard and occasional center...

By Barry Svrluga  |  January 8, 2010; 5:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (78)
 
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Shanahan to meet with assistants again Monday

Don't expect a whole lot of movement on the coaching staff front in the next few days. Washington's new head coach, Mike Shanahan, who's back in Denver today, has given the current group of Redskins' assistants the weekend off, and he's expected to meet with them again Monday morning. While...

By Rick Maese  |  January 8, 2010; 12:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (134)
 
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Edwards: Offensive line must be Shanahan's priority

Earlier this year, I spoke with Herman Edwards, former coach in Kansas City and with the New York Jets, and we talked about rebuilding. At the time, Jim Zorn was on the hot seat, and Edwards was pointing out that the team had put itself in a hole because philosophically,...

By Rick Maese  |  January 8, 2010; 10:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (116)
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Hit the links: Redskins-Broncos trades; Brees speaks out

Over the years, the Redskins and Denver Broncos have found each other to be a one-stop shopping destination (swapping Bailey and Portis, first-round draft picks and getting involved in a multi-team deal). According to Jeff Legwold of the Denver Post, that might not change just because Mike Shanahan has migrated...

By Cindy Boren  |  January 8, 2010; 7:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (106)
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Will Shanahan take the Redskins back to Carlisle?

One of the more interesting things that new head coach Mike Shanahan revealed Wednesday is that he prefers hitting the road for training camp, something the Redskins haven't done since 2002. "I've done it both ways," Shanahan said. "I've had more success going outside because the Super Bowls that I've...

By Rick Maese  |  January 7, 2010; 5:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (231)
 
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Shanahan on quarterbacks: an early look

During the course of the afternoon Wednesday, Mike Shanahan made the rounds and addressed every TV camera, appeased as many radio hosts as possible and talked to a group of beat reporters. Not surprisingly, he was asked at almost every stop about quarterback Jason Campbell, and for the most part...

By Rick Maese  |  January 7, 2010; 4:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (89)
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Shanahan will influence more than just offense

Clearly, Mike Shanahan's reputation is as one of the game's top offensive minds. A former assistant of Bill Walsh, he's augmented Walsh's offense, made it more run-oriented and found much success. So maybe you found it interesting that he received so much praise for his expertise yesterday in other areas....

By Rick Maese  |  January 7, 2010; 3:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (62)
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Shanahan-Haynesworth dynamic worth watching

New Redskins coach Mike Shanahan touched on several aspects of his past during his introductory news conference Wednesday. But he also dressed a few of his new players, particularly running back Clinton Portis and quarterback Jason Campbell. But after Shanahan left the podium, he talked about a few more issues....

By Barry Svrluga  |  January 7, 2010; 1:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (116)
 
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Shanahan, Allen take stage; Snyder does not

It did not go unnoticed that Redskins owner Daniel Snyder took a back seat Wednesday to his new coach, Mike Shanahan, and general manager, Bruce Allen, at Shanahan's introductory news conference. Rick Maese writes: Snyder showed off his new prize at Redskins Park and then, in a departure from the...

By Cindy Boren  |  January 7, 2010; 9:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (190)
 
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Shanahan works on assembling his staff

This morning Mike Shanahan is scheduled to meet with assistant coaches at Redskins Park before returning to Denver. That's likely to be the only time many of the holdovers from former coach Jim Zorn's staff will spend with Shanahan. The team's new top football official is expected to make many...

By Jason Reid  |  January 7, 2010; 7:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (60)
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Arrival of Shanahan changes things for Portis

During his introductory news conference Wednesday afternoon, new Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan offered a not-so impressive evaluation of star running back Clinton Portis - whom Shanahan traded to the Redskins in 2004 after two impressive years in Denver. In his first two seasons in the NFL, Portis established himself...

By Paul Tenorio  |  January 7, 2010; 6:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
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Allen: In Shanahan, 'we got our man'

In his first press conference, the Washington Redskins' new head coach promised to return the team to prominence, paying homage to the franchise's past while praising owner Daniel Snyder's commitment to win in the future. "I promise you I won't disappoint you," Mike Shanahan said in an auditorium at the...

By Barry Svrluga  |  January 6, 2010; 2:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (311)
 
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Shanahan, from all angles

There's no doubt that Mike Shanahan will remake the Redskins in his image, but what is that image? Although we've watched him coach forever, who is Mike Shanahan? Les Carpenter writes: Most coaches take vacations when they leave the NFL. Shanahan instead acted as if he never left, traveling to...

By Cindy Boren  |  January 6, 2010; 1:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (227)
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We're open for business again...

Redskins Insider appears to be up and running again...bear with us while we republish some old posts. That should allow you to read last night's content. Here's what you've missed while we've been using the NFL Newsfeed as a lifeboat: Jerry Gray may have a spot on Mike Shanahan's staff....

By Cindy Boren  |  January 6, 2010; 12:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (78)
 
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Shanahan takes charge today

Mike Shanahan will be introduced this afternoon as the Redskins' new head coach and we'll soon know more about his vision for the franchise, but one thing is certain, Rick Maese writes: Several people intimately tied to the Redskins' organization said that Shanahan's hiring would signal an important direction change...

By Cindy Boren  |  January 6, 2010; 7:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
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Campbell: Portis calls to clear the air

Just received a text from quarterback Jason Campbell, who said running back Clinton Portis called to clear the air about his comments today regarding Campbell's leadership ability. In his weekly appearance on ESPN 980's "The John Thompson Show," Portis questioned whether Campbell has the right demeanor to be a leader...

By Jason Reid  |  January 5, 2010; 11:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (55)
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Redskins players praise hiring of Shanahan

(Updated 10:47 p.m.) Clinton Portis called the hiring of Mike Shanahan "a great idea." London Fletcher said that Shanahan "instantly becomes the face of the franchise." Reporters Barry Svrluga, Rick Maese, Jason Reid and Dan Steinberg are rounding up reaction from the Washington Redskins. We'll be adding to this file...

By Cindy Boren  |  January 5, 2010; 10:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (67)
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Report: Kyle Shanahan to join his dad

Kyle Shanahan, the Houston Texans' offensive coordinator whose season ended Sunday, will join his father, who reached agreement with the Redskins Tuesday night, in Washington, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. The move of Kyle Shanahan to Washington, like that of his father, Mike, has been considered to be a done deal...

By Cindy Boren  |  January 5, 2010; 10:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
 
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Redskins hand over control to Shanahan

The Washington Redskins on Tuesday evening hired Mike Shanahan to replace the fired Jim Zorn, according to multiple media reports, putting a Super Bowl-winning coach in charge of turning around the franchise after a season in which it was a playoff afterthought by October. Shanahan, 57, who coached the Los...

By Barry Svrluga  |  January 5, 2010; 9:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
 
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Multiple reports say Shanahan deal done

(Updated at 9:06 p.m.) There now are multiple reports that Mike Shanahan has reached an agreement to coach the Washington Redskins. ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Shanahan and team owner Daniel M. Snyder posed together for a picture at Redskins Park before signing a five-year contract and leaving for a celebratory...

By Rick Maese  |  January 5, 2010; 7:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (138)
 
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Campbell fires back at Portis

Washington Redskins quarterback Jason Campbell blasted Clinton Portis for his poor work ethic and lack of understanding about "what real leadership is," responding to Portis' comments earlier in the day about Campbell. Campbell, selected one of six team captains by teammates the last two seasons, called out Portis for putting...

By Jason Reid  |  January 5, 2010; 7:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (120)
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Gibbs, Theismann discuss Redskins' future

A pair of Redskins icons both say that if Mike Shanahan is the team's next head coach, they hope it brings about change that extends beyond who simply who wears a headset on the sidelines. "I think his challenge will be changing the culture that has now seeped into what...

By Rick Maese  |  January 5, 2010; 6:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
 
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Portis: Shanahan 'perfect guy for the job'

We already know that running back Clinton Portis would like to be reunited with his former coach, Mike Shanahan, in Washington. In his weekly appearance on ESPN 980's "The John Thompson Show," Portis provided more details about what Redskins fans -- and Redskins players -- can expect if Shanahan becomes...

By Rick Maese  |  January 5, 2010; 4:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (96)
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Portis on Shanahan, 'star treatment,' Campbell

Clinton Portis had lots -- and lots and lots -- to say during his weekly appearance this afternoon on ESPN 980's "The John Thompson Show." He had rave reviews of Mike Shanahan, defended his relationship with owner Daniel Snyder, had a few choice words to say about teammates upset with...

By Rick Maese  |  January 5, 2010; 4:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (125)
 
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Davis wonders how Redskins' offense will change

With the hiring of Mike Shanahan apparently imminent, players have discussed how things might change under the seventh head coach in Daniel Snyder's 11-year tenure as owner. Throughout his long, successful career, Shanahan has been considered among the game's brightest offensive tacticians, and players expect him to scrap Jim Zorn's...

By Jason Reid  |  January 5, 2010; 2:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (179)
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King: What moves will Shanahan make?

As we wait for the I's to get dotted and the T's to get crossed, there were some interesting thoughts posed today by Sports Illustrated's Peter King. It's worth clicking the link, but here's a summary of what King thinks happens with the Redskins once Shanahan has moved into Jim...

By Rick Maese  |  January 5, 2010; 1:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (90)
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Report: Shanahan summons agent to D.C.

( Updated at 12:37 p.m. ) The Shanahan Watch continues, but maybe not for much longer. ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting now that the two sides have begun to discuss contract details. Schefter has as close a relationship with Mike Shanahan as anyone in the media, dating back to Schefter's...

By Rick Maese  |  January 5, 2010; 12:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (109)
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Orakpo finishes 4th in defensive rookie voting

Not only didn't Brian Orakpo win the NFL's defensive rookie of the year award, but it wasn't even close. In fact, Orakpo didn't even finish in the top-3. Houston linebacker Brian Cushing won the honor today, awarded annually by the Associated Press. Buffalo safety Jairus Byrd was second and Green...

By Rick Maese  |  January 5, 2010; 11:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (72)
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Bronco bucks would be freed up by Shanahan deal

If the Redskins can work out the final details and reel in former Denver coach Mike Shanahan, Daniel Snyder won't be the only NFL owner who will be smiling broadly. Broncos owner Pat Bowlen has a lot of reasons to hope Shanahan agrees to coach in 2010. In fact, he's...

By Rick Maese  |  January 5, 2010; 10:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
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Just how would Allen-Shanahan partnership work?

If Mike Shanahan is named the Redskins' next head coach, one of the first questions we'll want to answer is this: Who will be responsible for assembling the team's roster? The widely-held assumption in recent weeks is that Bruce Allen and Shanahan would work closely together, with Allen charged with...

By Rick Maese  |  January 5, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (263)
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Shanahan Watch continues as his options narrow

We saw no signs of white smoke overnight, signaling that Redskins' owner Daniel Snyder had locked up his next coach, so let's get Day 2 of the Shanahan Watch officially started. Talks involving Snyder, General Manager Bruce Allen and Mike Shanahan are expected to continue today, and league insiders agree...

By Rick Maese  |  January 5, 2010; 7:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
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'Burgundy & Gold' analysis of Redskins' changes

By Cindy Boren  |  January 5, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Bugel decision may affect timing of announcement

Updated at 8:03 p.m. The scheduling of the Redskins' anticipated introduction of Mike Shanahan as their next coach could be affected by potential plans to honor offensive line coach Joe Bugel, who is expected to retire, league sources said. Shanahan arrived this afternoon, his flight from Colorado landing at Dulles...

By Jason Reid  |  January 4, 2010; 6:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (229)
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Zorn calls his tenure 'too short for me, but tremendous'

Former Washington Redskins coach Jim Zorn said late Monday afternoon he understood his dismissal from the club given the team's 4-12 season, but he remains confident in his abilities to be a successful coach going forward. "My experience was just incredible," Zorn said in a telephone interview, his first since...

By Barry Svrluga  |  January 4, 2010; 5:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (95)
 
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Largent: Zorn's faith, strength will be intact

"Obviously, I'm not an unbiased observer of what's taken place," said the voice on the phone. "I'm very biased, I'm very pro-Jim." The voice belongs to Steve Largent, the Hall of Fame wide receiver who happens to be one of Jim Zorn's best friends. We spoke last week, before Zorn's...

By Rick Maese  |  January 4, 2010; 4:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (116)
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Shanahan could be introduced Tuesday

Mike Shanahan is expected to be named head coach of the Redskins, according to sources in the organization, and, barring unforeseen glitches, will likely be introduced in a news conference Tuesday. That timeline makes sense, they said, because new General Manager Bruce Allen last week told people in the organization...

By Jason Reid  |  January 4, 2010; 4:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (120)
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Shanahan lands at Dulles

Updated at 3:48 p.m. The unveiling of Mike Shanahan as the Redskins' new head coach could be imminent. On the same day that Jim Zorn was relieved of his head coaching duties, Shanahan arrived in Washington, where he's expected to conclude negotiations with the Redskins to fill their coaching vacancy....

By Rick Maese and Jason Reid  |  January 4, 2010; 3:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (153)
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Redskins make case for assistants to remain

During his press conference on Monday afternoon, Washington Redskins General Manager Bruce Allen said the Redskins' new coach - whoever that may be - will decide the future of the current assistant coaches in Washington. It is widely believed that former Denver Broncos coach Mike Shanahan will be the next...

By Paul Tenorio  |  January 4, 2010; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (144)
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Daniels, Wynn acknowledge need for leader

With the announcement that Washington Redskins coach Jim Zorn was fired early this morning upon the team's return from San Diego, several veteran players this afternoon voiced strong opinions about the need for more discipline in a franchise that lacked it within the locker room this season. Though veteran defensive...

By Paul Tenorio and Rick Maese  |  January 4, 2010; 1:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (70)
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Allen: 'Today starts our 2010 season'

Early this morning, shortly after the team returned from its season-ending loss to the San Diego Chargers at San Diego, Redskins General Manager Bruce Allen finally informed Jim Zorn that he was being fired, a move that has been expected for months "because today starts our 2010 season," Allen said...

By Jason Reid  |  January 4, 2010; 1:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
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Redskins plane headed home from Rockies (updated)

(Updated at 1:15 p.m.) As one coach leaves, the search for another officially commences -- even if it unofficially started months ago. And there appears to be movement. The airplane of Redskins owner Daniel Snyder left out of Dulles International this morning and landed in Centennial Airport in Englewood, Colo.,...

By Rick Maese  |  January 4, 2010; 12:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (238)
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Snyder issues statement on Jim Zorn, what lies ahead

Redskins owner Daniel M. Snyder has issued the following statement on the firing of Coach Jim Zorn, via the team's media relations staff: "This has been an extremely difficult season for our organization and for the fans. Bruce Allen spent many hours examining the football operations, and we are both...

By Cindy Boren  |  January 4, 2010; 11:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (169)
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Sherman Smith: 'Jim's career isn't over'

One of Jim Zorn's best friends expects him to soon coach again in the NFL. "Oh, yeah, definitely, Jim's career isn't over," Redskins offensive coordinator Sherman Smith said in a phone interview. "I mean, this is not an unusual situation. In the NFL, you're hired to be fired. It's just...

By Jason Reid  |  January 4, 2010; 10:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (62)
 
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Andre Carter praises Jim Zorn's courage

Defensive end Andre Carter has been in the NFL for nine seasons and is the son of a former NFL player and coach, so he thought he had seen it all. Until this season. Until he witnessed the professionalism coach Jim Zorn exhibited in trying circumstances. "I've been around the...

By Jason Reid  |  January 4, 2010; 10:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
 
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Campbell on Zorn firing: 'We all really expected it by now'

Quarterback Jason Campbell was not surprised to learn Coach Jim Zorn was fired early Monday morning after the team returned from its season finale at San Diego. "We had been hearing in would happen for so long, I think it would have been a surprise if it didn't happen," Campbell...

By Jason Reid  |  January 4, 2010; 10:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (47)
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Bruce Allen to meet with assistant coaches

Just got off the phone with a couple of people inside the organization, who provided some details about the team's plans for the remainder of the day. At 10 a.m., new General Manager Bruce Allen is scheduled to meet with assistant coaches to inform them of the team's plans after...

By Jason Reid  |  January 4, 2010; 9:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
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More on Redskins and the Rooney Rule

Let's briefly talk about the Rooney Rule, so we're all on the same page. ProFootballTalk.com had a post Sunday stating that ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported the Redskins must interview Jerry Gray once more. Such news could potentially delay the hiring of a new coach. I missed the "SportsCenter" report, so...

By Rick Maese  |  January 4, 2010; 8:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (67)
 
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Redskins fire Jim Zorn after 2 seasons

Updated at 8:46 a.m. The Washington Redskins fired Coach Jim Zorn this morning, ending a two-year stint that began with his surprising elevation from an obscure quarterbacks coach and finished with a dismissal that seemed inevitable after the Redskins' disastrous four-win season. "The status quo is not acceptable," General Manager...

By Barry Svrluga, Jason Reid and Paul Tenorio  |  January 4, 2010; 5:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (190)
 
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Lynch: 'Gut feeling' Shanahan will coach Redskins

You can add John Lynch to the growing number of league observers who think Mike Shanahan will be named the Redskins' head coach in the next few days. Lynch, who played his final four seasons under Shanahan in Denver, said he spoke to his former coach Saturday, and when he...

By Rick Maese  |  January 3, 2010; 10:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (89)
 
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Griffin says he's fine after frightening collision

Veteran defensive tackle Cornelius Griffin said he was fine after a frightening helmet-to-helmet collision with London Fletcher in the fourth quarter of Sunday's 23-20 loss to the San Diego Chargers. In pursuit of Chargers running back Michael Bennett, Griffin and Fletcher banged helmets as Bennett ducked to avoid being hit....

By Jason Reid  |  January 3, 2010; 9:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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Redskins see Chargers' best only briefly

Because the Chargers were already assured of the second seed in the AFC playoffs -- and therefore a bye in the first round and a home game in two weeks -- Coach Norv Turner decided to play his regulars only sparingly. Quarterback Philip Rivers played the first quarter and led...

By Barry Svrluga  |  January 3, 2010; 9:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Rogers' future with Redskins is out of his hands

While much of the speculation has centered around the futures of Coach Jim Zorn and quarterback Jason Campbell, there are plenty of other men in the Redskins' locker room who might have been playing for the last time in burgundy and gold. Only a half-dozen players have guaranteed contracts for...

By Rick Maese  |  January 3, 2010; 9:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
 
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Haynesworth has 'already started' training for fall

Defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth, the Redskins' marquee offseason addition, ended his season on the sidelines, sitting out the final game against San Diego with a hip injury. Thus, he finished his first season in Washington having played in just 12 games, missing action earlier in the year with an ankle...

By Barry Svrluga  |  January 3, 2010; 9:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
 
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Redskins can't hold on, finish 4-12

Despite playing the San Diego Chargers back-ups for the better part of the game and holding a lead late in the game, the Washington Redskins ended their season with yet another loss in which they let a fourth-quarter lead slip away. Washington fell to the Chargers 23-20 on Sunday behind...

By Paul Tenorio  |  January 3, 2010; 7:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (84)
 
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Redskins extend lead to 17-13

The third quarter featured little exciting action, though a big punt return and interception for the Redskins kept them ahead, 17-13, going into the final quarter of their 2009 season. After failing to move the ball to start the second half and then stopping the Chargers on their first possession...

By Paul Tenorio  |  January 3, 2010; 6:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (181)
 
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Redskins lead Chargers 14-13 at halftime

With the Chargers starters resting on the sideline, the Redskins took advantage and used an 84-yard pass to second-year receiver Malcolm Kelly to spark a two-touchdown second quarter, overcoming a 13-point defecit to take a 14-13 lead at the half. The Chargers' back-ups had moved the ball inside Washington's 20-yard...

By Paul Tenorio  |  January 3, 2010; 5:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (84)
 
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Redskins trail by 10 after 1st quarter

With neither team playing for much - San Diego has already clinched home field advantage and Washington was eliminated from playoff contention long ago - the game had a chance to lack energy. Instead, San Diego showed it was eager to continue its success early in the game when...

By Paul Tenorio  |  January 3, 2010; 4:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (77)
 
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Haynesworth tops Redskins' inactives (updated)

Albert Haynesworth will be inactive for the Redskins' finale today in San Diego. Also inactive are: Richard Bartel, Devin Thomas, P.J. Hill, LaRon Landry, Marcus McCauley, Alvin Bowen and Curtis Gatewood. There are lots of changes to the starting lineup today. The starting safeties are a pair that no Redskins...

By Rick Maese  |  January 3, 2010; 2:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (127)
 
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Report: Redskins must interview Gray again

From everything we're hearing inside the organization, Coach Jim Zorn officially will be fired early this week as the Redskins continue their latest major reorganization under owner Daniel Snyder. Also in the next few days, Mike Shanahan will be introduced as the next head coach and new General Manager Bruce...

By Jason Reid and Rick Maese  |  January 3, 2010; 11:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (105)
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Zorn still medium as season finale nears

The end of this miserable season has arrived and Jim Zorn, as he was last week, is still on the job. Zorn's mindset as this game approached, Barry Svrluga writes, is pretty much as it always is: deliberate, methodical ... medium. One of the most widely held assumptions in the...

By Cindy Boren  |  January 3, 2010; 7:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
 
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