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Players relieved to hear Zorn will stay

Players expressed a sense of relief today at Redskins Park after learning Coach Jim Zorn would remain in his position for the entire season.

"Yes! Wow! Finally, some good news around here," said middle linebacker London Fletcher, who smiled and pumped his fist after being informed of the news by a reporter. "That's great. It takes all of the uncertainty out of things.

"For players to continue to have to answer the same questions ... I'm sure it's good for [assistant] coaches as well, for him, to know he'll be the head coach throughout the rest of the season. Hopefully, we can get this thing turned around and win some games so we'll ensure him being the head coach around here next year."


On ESPN 980's "Inside The Red Zone With Vinny Cerrato," Cerrato, Washington's executive vice president of football operations, said, "Let me start by making a few things very perfectly clear: Jim Zorn is the head coach of the Washington Redskins, and will be for the rest of this season, and hopefully into the future."

Cerrato declined interview requests, and the team did not issue a statement about Cerrato's comments on his radio show. Washington (2-4) plays host to the Philadelphia Eagles (3-2) on Monday night, and management eliminated a potential distraction as the team prepares for its final game before its bye week.

"Guys need to be focused, so now we can stop answering these questions that we're getting asked all the time" about Zorn's job status, defensive lineman Phillip Daniels said. "Hopefully, things will go better. Distractions like that can take away from the team. I'm glad we don't have that anymore."

Frustrated about often being asked questions about Zorn's job status during the team's disappointing start, players privately for weeks have hoped management would publicly endorse the second-year head coach, who was stripped of play-calling duties this week.

"It kind of shuts up a lot of people saying stuff," wide receiver Antwaan Randle El said. "And that's one thing you love to hear, when your ownership and the organization come out and say that. If they step up and say that for the season, I hope that's what it means. I don't know where you go from losses and all that, but if they say that, we just [go] on what they say and go from there."

Regardless of how the team has performed under Zorn, many in the locker room respect him and believe in him, players said.

"I'm fond of Coach Zorn. I'm happy for him," Fletcher said. "I'm happy to know that we'll have stability throughout this year and hopefully into the future. Obviously, now to know that we won't have to deal with the same questions, speculation, if we lose the next ballgame, if we lose a ballgame along the road, 'Is he going to get fired?' It's definitely something that is a good thing to hear."

By Jason Reid  |  October 23, 2009; 3:09 PM ET
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Take that, Sally Jenkins and Tracee Hamilton!!

And the other paid hysterics. Zorn is probably thinking, "y'know, being fired wouldn't have been completely awful..."

Posted by: Samson151 | October 23, 2009 3:12 PM | Report abuse

And a message to the team: hey, if Philadelphia was any good, would the Raiders' have beat'em?

Posted by: Samson151 | October 23, 2009 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Are they continuing with their mantra that the Eagles started 2-4 last year too?

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | October 23, 2009 3:16 PM | Report abuse

that question has now been put to bed, so time to put the excuses and poor play there also....get it done...

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | October 23, 2009 3:16 PM | Report abuse

"Cerrato declined interview requests, and the team did not issue a statement about Cerrato's comments on his radio show."

Yes they did. Check the front page at redskins.com. A press release full of nonsense about "going to the well for a bucket of clarity." Wow, it sounds like they've outsourced their PR writing to India or something.

BTW, the entire press release reeks of Nixonian paranoia about the media. A surefire recipe for success, no doubt.

Posted by: acoberst1 | October 23, 2009 3:18 PM | Report abuse

I forsee Jim Zorn resigning at the end of the year. He went from being hired as the OC to the HC then reduced to basically the QB/head coach, probably in that order. I think that he'll find a better location to work stictly as an OC.

Posted by: pennstate1 | October 23, 2009 3:19 PM | Report abuse

And a message to the team: hey, if Philadelphia was any good, would the Raiders' have beat'em?

Posted by: Samson151 | October 23, 2009 3:14 PM

Unfortunately, the reverse message in Philly is "hey, if Washington was any good, would the Lions, Panthers, and Chiefs have beat'em?"

But I believe. Yes, yes I do. I just don't know what it is that I believe...

Posted by: 4-12 | October 23, 2009 3:20 PM | Report abuse

forsee Jim Zorn resigning at the end of the year. He went from being hired as the OC to the HC then reduced to basically the QB/head coach, probably in that order. I think that he'll find a better location to work strictly as an OC.

Posted by: pennstate1 | October 23, 2009 3:21 PM | Report abuse

It's gonna be quite a shock to the system when Danny comes down and pulls the rug out from everyone after the loss to Philly.

Posted by: Rypien11 | October 23, 2009 3:22 PM | Report abuse

I find utterly cool that RI has turned Dan Snyder into a Scientolgist without a shred of evidence. (Not that I care, it's just interesting how the rumor has come full circle)

Posted by: JohnDinHouston | October 23, 2009 3:25 PM | Report abuse

I find utterly cool that RI has turned Dan Snyder into a Scientolgist without a shred of evidence. (Not that I care, it's just interesting how the rumor has come full circle)

Posted by: JohnDinHouston | October 23, 2009 3:25 PM

It's not RI. It's one or two persistent guys who want to believe. Besides, didn't you see the anti-Semitic post from BMACattack?

Posted by: League-Source | October 23, 2009 3:29 PM | Report abuse

He didn't tell him privately?

Jesus this organization is so effed up. They do everything the way it shouldn't be done.

Posted by: REXskins | October 23, 2009 2:24 PM

I agree. Sounds like window dressing for the media by VC to attempt to put some of the fires out in the short term.

Posted by: skinswest | October 23, 2009 3:30 PM | Report abuse

good point, league

Posted by: JohnDinHouston | October 23, 2009 3:35 PM | Report abuse

beeps

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | October 23, 2009 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Are you going to trade 2 picks for Jason Taylor?
VC: "no."
Are you going to fire Jim Zorn?
VC: "no."

Once a liar, always a liar.

Posted by: BMACattack | October 23, 2009 3:41 PM | Report abuse

We have officially been restored to the laughing stock of the nfl. Check out Herm Edwards Opinion.

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=4587887

Posted by: mornindew | October 23, 2009 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Again, Vinny strives to buck conventional wisdom. It's one of the many flaws of this guy -- consistently making the wrong choices -- and insisting they're the right ones.

Just when about everyone else has concluded that it's time to blow up this whole hopeless scheme and start over, they decide to retrench and give us more of the same.

And just when about everyone has decided that it's time to fire the coach and GM, they express their confidence in each other and desire to move on.

It's just another example of how the Redskins front office continues to thumb their noses at the ever shrinking number of fans for this team -- and remind us that they are accountable to no one.

The truth is Vinny knows that as Zorn goes, so does he. If you fire Zorn, you must fire Vinny too... and Vinny ain't going without a fight.

Trouble is, as bad as it looks today, it will only gets worse (much worse) as the season goes along.

3-13 anyone?

FIRE ZORN
FIRE VINNY
BOYCOTT ALL PROFIT MAKING ACTIVITIES FOR SNYDER AND HIS BUSINESS PARTNERS

Posted by: Vic1 | October 23, 2009 7:47 PM | Report abuse

BOYCOTT $NYDER FIRE CERRATO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
BOYCOTT $NYDER FIRE CERRATO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
doo daa doo daa

Posted by: hessone | October 23, 2009 7:50 PM | Report abuse

3-13 anyone?
Not just anyone. I'll make mine 2-14 and I feel confident in that prediction. Don't make me do it.
BOYCOTT $NYDER FIRE CERATTO!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: hessone | October 23, 2009 7:58 PM | Report abuse

"It's gonna be quite a shock to the system when Danny comes down and pulls the rug out from everyone after the loss to Philly."

Eyup, it's coming.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | October 23, 2009 8:11 PM | Report abuse

It just occurred to me how this is going to play out. No, they won't fire Zorn during the season, but every week some responsibility will be taken away until Zorn resigns thereby forfeiting the remainder of his contract. If Zorn can last the season, then he'll get paid. However, he'll be standing on the sideline holding a clipboard and talking to himself by then. Man, that would be brutal.

Posted by: trey | October 23, 2009 9:21 PM | Report abuse

Lost in all the hysteria over the coaches is the news that Chris Samuels is going to retire. Gonna be tough to replace a player of his caliber. It's gonna be a cold winter......

Posted by: randysbailin | October 23, 2009 9:37 PM | Report abuse

No Change = No Fans I not watching these BOZOS get their BUTTs handed to them. I'm OUT OF HERE!!!

Posted by: LongTimeSkinsFan | October 23, 2009 9:45 PM | Report abuse

Mark my words,

Trusting Vinny is like trusting the prostitute when she says she is STD free. If Monday night goes bad, Zorn is still toast. Vinny is a spine-less weasel and will do anything to keep his job (like DO Lil' Napoleon). Applaud Zorn, though I hope he isn't paid in Six Flags stock.

Posted by: duh2mag | October 23, 2009 10:20 PM | Report abuse

Sorry but I don't find RI very useful anymore. And the chats on Friday are painstaking and uninteresting. Not engaging at all. Too many single sentence (and sometimes single phrased) answers. More detail and depth coming from the posters. Sorry, just my opinion......

Posted by: BenThere | October 23, 2009 10:45 PM | Report abuse

It's gonna be quite a shock to the system when Danny comes down and pulls the rug out from everyone after the loss to Philly.

Posted by: Rypien11 | October 23, 2009 3:22 PM | Report abuse
---------------------------------

BINGO.

Posted by: walkdwalk | October 24, 2009 1:30 AM | Report abuse

To understand this situation.. you have to understand the NFL.. it is a very competitive league.. another team is always going to spot your weaknesses..of which the Redskins have many.. the main thing is the amount of time the Q.B. has to throw and the execution of the running game... both are mediocre.

There are plenty of games left and just a few big wins against bitter rivals could make this a season.. don't give up hope..yet.. if only you beat the NYG's and the Cowpokes or Vick's beagles.. once.. you are going to be happy.. if only for a weekend.

Posted by: newbeeboy | October 24, 2009 9:09 AM | Report abuse

Cerrato should get a nobel peace prize.

Posted by: mwalk1 | October 24, 2009 10:13 AM | Report abuse

Notice how Danny is letting Cerrato make all the public announcements and taking all accountability. Vinny reminds me of those Iranian Soldiers that were told to run towards the enemy unarmed during the Iran-Iraq war in order to exhaust all their bullets. Hope you get all your "Virgins" you were promised, Vinny!

Posted by: JohnWWW | October 24, 2009 10:55 AM | Report abuse

fire vinny cerrato

Posted by: nelmsmn | October 24, 2009 11:46 AM | Report abuse

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