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 at a press conference at Redskins Park. "As I've discussed with our staff, the coaches and our players here, just a little while ago, we have a direction that we want to go and we will go starting today."

Obviously, Zorn was not part of the Redskins' latest new direction. The team's sixth coach under owner Daniel Snyder, Zorn has been on shaky ground since late in the 2008 season. The move to oust Zorn has been in the works since the team's Sept. 27 loss to the lowly Detroit Lions, many in the organization said. Allen met with Zorn's staff and players in separate meetings Monday before the news conference.

The only truly surprising development this season was that Zorn remained in his position, albeit stripped of true power, for the entire schedule. Zorn had one guaranteed season remaining on his contract, so he's owed about $2.4 million, a league source said.

"I believe that we have to do everything today to get better," Allen said. "What that gets us in number of wins this year, I can't make that promise. I do know one thing, that the organization's going to do everything it can to be successful immediately."

As for what's next, the Redskins this week are expected to introduce former Denver Broncos coach Mike Shanahan as their new head coach. Allen would not comment on the Redskins' probable impending union with Shanahan, and even spoke of "candidates" for the position, as if there were multiple people being considered for the job, which was the most amusing part of the session for me.

"As far as prospects and candidates for the job, I'm not going to get into that. I'm not going to discuss that," Allen said. "I'm not going to discuss that because of privacy issues for them. I will say this: It's real clear that we're going to be aggressive. And what we're looking for in a head coach is somebody who can lead these men that we had in our locker room this year to levels they haven't played to before.

"And what I asked from the players on the team is a commitment that they haven't given before. And we're going to try and find that type of person, who's a winner, who's passionate about the Redskins and passionate about football. We're not going to put a timetable on it. We're going to get the right person. I'm a little biased, maybe, with coaches, but I think the head coach in the NFL is the most demanding executive position in pro sports."

By Jason Reid  |  January 4, 2010; 1:49 PM ET
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Posted by: chevychasepowhatans | January 4, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Sounds good to me. But it does sound like we may not be getting Shanny (just a lil' devil on my shoulder...)

I sure hope they get someone competent.

Posted by: DikShuttle | January 4, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

yeah!!

Posted by: chevychasepowhatans | January 4, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

BTW, I find if funny that a guy with 69 in his name is saying people are in high school.

If you ever have 69, 420, 311 you really are doing a pot kettle with that.

Posted by: alex35332 | January 4, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: alex35332 | January 4, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Theres been so much talk about Shanahan, I would almost be shocked if it DID happen.

BA is definitely saying all the right things though.

Posted by: CheyenneWY | January 4, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

I actually thought Allen did a good job of repeatedly sending the message that accountability is coming and that players are going to be told to step up or be gone.

Is it a good sign that Allen was doing the presser and Snyder was no where to be found . . .or is that simply because he was off picking up Shanahan?

Posted by: sfskin | January 4, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

We should focus on getting younger.

No Champ Bailey...

Posted by: CheyenneWY | January 4, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Redskins just announce the hiring of Jim Fassel!

Posted by: joeboggs | January 4, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

BA is definitely saying all the right things though.

Posted by: CheyenneWY


Saying and doing are two different things tho.....

Posted by: 1965skinsfan | January 4, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

as if there were multiple people being considered for the job, which was the most amusing part of the session for me.
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Yep, extremely hilarious. Jason Reid just another media clown who probably sat through the entire thing with a stupid smirk on his face.

Posted by: ToddStinkston | January 4, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

We should focus on getting younger.

No Champ Bailey...

Posted by: CheyenneWY | January 4, 2010 2:08 PM

No one with anything intelligent to say is clamoring for Champ.

Posted by: Diesel44 | January 4, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

BEEP BEEP

Posted by: CheyenneWY | January 4, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Saying and doing are two different things tho.....

Posted by: 1965skinsfan | January 4, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

But its a much better feeling then if we were to have a GM who says things like "I don't like to use high draft picks on O-linemen" and "I gave you a playoff caliber team" or "Derrrrrrr"

Posted by: alex35332 | January 4, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

They had a passionate coach, but they handcuffed him and made his job impossible.

Jim Zorn - Thank you for the courageous effort!

Mike Shanahan - Beware!

I would like to say, "Go Skins" today, but I can't.

Go Browns?

Posted by: SkinsFan2111 | January 4, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Why would anyone even mention Bailey? He didn't want to be in Washington. Which is why he left. Bridge was burned years ago.

Posted by: dfbovey | January 4, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Is it a good sign that Allen was doing the presser and Snyder was no where to be found . . .or is that simply because he was off picking up Shanahan?

Posted by: sfskin | January 4, 2010 2:07 PM

He was da plane.

Posted by: Diesel44 | January 4, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Nice to see someone from management simply saying "this isn't good enough" in public.

Whether the talk will be backed up remains to be seen, but as a die hard it is hard not to get somewhat optimistic.

Posted by: shaunsherman12 | January 4, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

I found the most amusing part to be when BA basically pointed out Reid as dummy fishing for him to say Shanahan will be the next coach.

Reid-tard: "Does the next coach have to have super bowl experience"

BA: "Why don't you just ask if the next head coach needs to have a certain set of initials"?

HAHAHA Reid is a J@cka$$

Posted by: rickmort | January 4, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

I think BA is saying all the right things and he seems to be respected in the NFL community unlike the village idiot Cerrato. Let's face it, with Snyder and Vinny walking around at the combine, they have not been respected, kind of like the laughing stock. Let's hope he can right this ship.

Posted by: joeboggs | January 4, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Allen: 'Today starts our 2010 season'

Yay the offseason, also known as Redskins fans favorite time of the year.

Posted by: Predator48 | January 4, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

as if there were multiple people being considered for the job, which was the most amusing part of the session for me.
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Yep, extremely hilarious. Jason Reid just another media clown who probably sat through the entire thing with a stupid smirk on his face.

Posted by: ToddStinkston | January 4, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Give JReid props, he did ask the FIRST question of the BA presser.

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | January 4, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Of course, later in the presser, BA colorfully and laughingly shut JReid down with something along the lines of "Nice try, but Homey don't play that".

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | January 4, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Redskins just announce the hiring of Jim Fassel? joeboggs, what you've just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

Posted by: lard_lad | January 4, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

"And what we're looking for in a head coach is somebody who can lead these men that we had in our locker room this year to levels they haven't played to before."

Well, to some extent, isn't that exactly what Zorn did? Most of them played worse than they ever have before.

Posted by: RIP-21 | January 4, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Zorn Fired For Reasons Not Well Known

Dateline: Washington, D.C.

Former Redskins head coach Jim Zorn may have had a troubled two seasons and may have had issues with time management and ill-advised fake field goal plays, but none of those were the reason that Zorn was ultimately fired according to unnamed Redskin sources.

Apparently a rift had developed between Daniel "Lil Napoleon" Snyder and Jim Zorn which resulted in Zorn being stripped of play calling duties. What has not been disclosed until now after Zorn was fired was that Snyder sat down to eat his morning bowl of Zorn Flakes and had found that Zorn had peed in his bowl. Snyder became infuriated, threw his 24k gold rattle across the room, slid down his high chair, and vowed to "get that (whine) summmabeeaattch".

The story doesn't end there. Apparently Zorn caught wind of the Snyder tirade and ran the double fake failed field goal attempt against the Giants much like a dog defecating in his owner's shoes. Snyder was so incensed that he banned Zorn flakes from ever having anything to do with the Redskins and even threatened to DB Cooper Zorn on the flight back to Washington after losing to the Chargers on Sunday.

But, Zorn found a way to get even. He painted Zorn's Porsche Cayenne burgundy and black.

Posted by: laserwizard | January 4, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

these last 2 years made norv turner look like vince lombardi. but it was ALL the owners fault, he hired the coach.

Posted by: mdoughtie22 | January 4, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Whaddya mean, no Champ Bailey? This is just the time to sign him to a multiyear guaranteed deal. Get with the Skins program, CheyenneWY!

Posted by: jksesq1 | January 4, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Correction to last line ..

Should have read...

But SNYDER found a way to get even. He painted Zorn's Porsche Cayenne MAROON and BLACK.

Posted by: laserwizard | January 4, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

This is all great until Snyder or one of his shark partners panic. When Dan panics he will take over the team again and this team will be out of control. This could happen if Vinny brings him the next Albert Haynesworth, Shanahan does not sign immediately, the team loses a game, Haynesworth complains to Danny that he did not get ice cream, Clinton complains to
Danny that he did not get cake, Clinton is unhappy with his playing time, LeRon has to tackle somebody, a coach disciplines a player and that player went to the U and tattles on the coach, the Redskins do not win the super bowl this year or a million reasons that Dan Snyder will panic and repeat the pattern of the last 11 years. Dan Snyder is the problem. Jim Zorn could not win. Joe Gibbs could not coach offense, Jason Campbell was not good enough, no one is good enough to stop Dan Snyder from meddling in this team.

Posted by: HelloNewman1 | January 4, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

"because today starts our 2010 season"

This is the most unsettling part of the story. Sadly, its the headline. The season starts in September and it doesn't matter what the Skins do between now and then if they suck next season

Posted by: jboogie1 | January 4, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse

"because today starts our 2010 season"

This is the most unsettling part of the story. Sadly, its the headline. The season starts in September and it doesn't matter what the Skins do between now and then if they suck next season.

That said, I think fans need to be patient with Allen and whoever the new coach is. We are going to get a few 7-9's and 6-10's before we see 10-6 again.

Posted by: jboogie1 | January 4, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse

If Bruce Allen actually thinks Mike Shanahan's the answer to the Redskins' problems, he's kidding himself.

Ratface has won absolutely NOTHING without guys named Elway and Terrell Davis in his lineup, and they aren't suiting up as far as I know. Shanny's last years with Denver went 6-10, 7-9, and 8-8. Really impressive stuff.

Posted by: owiz | January 4, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

To many haters, give the man a chance before you dis him ! I hope and pray that he prooves you all wrong! Go Shanny and Hail to the Redskins! BTW F-Dallas!

Posted by: vexed50verizonnet | January 4, 2010 7:12 PM | Report abuse

Who does Allen THINK HE IS KIDDING-- TELLING TELLING THE REPORTERS "OTHER CANDIDATES"--what a load of GARBAGE--he lies just like his devious father did when he was coaching the skins. The George Allen era was replete with lies and more lies. It's bad enough the idiot owner deals from the bottom of the deck NOW he has another Allen liar-- somethings NEVER CHANGE so don't expect the owner idiot to change and Allen will be a clone of thedevious George Allen. SAD SAD SAD for REDSKIN FANS.

Posted by: vergens2 | January 5, 2010 1:19 AM | Report abuse

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