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Smith delays decision

Jason Reid reports: Tennessee Titans assistant coach Sherman Smith needs more time to decide whether to join the Redskins, league sources said.
Smith said yesterday that he was leaning toward accepting an offer to become Washington's offensive coordinator under new head coach Jim Zorn, Smith's former teammate and close friend. But Smith early today informed Tennessee Coach Jeff Fisher he planned to reject Washington's offer and remain with the Titans.
At some point in the afternoon, Smith, a member of Fisher's Titans staff since 1995, contacted Zorn to discuss his decision. After speaking with Zorn, Smith called Fisher and said he had decided to reconsider leaving the Titans, the sources said. Fisher told Smith to take his time, and Fisher and Zorn are waiting as Smith huddles with his family.
When I spoke with Smith yesterday, I got the feeling he thought joining Zorn would be best for his career but he really likes Nashville. Smith is a deeply religious man, people who know him well say, and he told me his faith would help to guide him to the right path.
As someone who recently changed jobs after being in one place for a long time, I can relate to many of the emotions Smith told me he was experiencing yesterday. The good news for Zorn is that Smith is taking more time, but Smith's ties to Nashville obviously are strong.
If Smith does decide to come to Washington, last year's Redskins running backs coach, Earnest Byner, would be a strong candidate to work with running backs in Tennessee.

By Emilio Garcia-Ruiz  |  February 15, 2008; 4:33 PM ET
 
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Posted by: scampbell1975 | February 15, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Hmmm. Wise to think it over, but I do hope he accepts.

Posted by: pgustav | February 15, 2008 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Hope Zorno has a backup plan. this guy seems to be floppin' like a dying fish.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | February 15, 2008 4:38 PM | Report abuse

A fish rots from the head. This one is beginning to smell real bad. No one in their right mind would come here.

Posted by: rls1156 | February 15, 2008 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Speaking as someone who lived in Nashville for a time, I can't imagine why anyone would be torn about leaving that place.

Posted by: JustMe | February 15, 2008 4:41 PM | Report abuse

From the previous post...

thanks for the updates guys, really appreciate it.

As far as Rock is concerned, if he wants a reasonable deal for a kick returner, then I'm all for him coming back, but if he gets crazy in what he wants, buh-bye....

Posted by: gregmarino88 | February 15, 2008 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like you've lost your man.

He's going to look really bad if he goes back to Fisher and says "I changed my mind again. Again."

Prezzents Day wochen-endt, so I'm shutting down and calling it a week. See you on the flip-side fellow hamsters.

Try the fish and please don't forget to tip your waitress.

Posted by: Redcoat | February 15, 2008 4:43 PM | Report abuse

"The good news for Zorn is that Smith is taking more time, "

HOW IS THAT GOOD NEWS FOR ZORN OR THE REDSKINS!?!?!?!?

Let's see - Dude? Combine starts next week and FA starts in 2 weeks.

Posted by: 4thFloor | February 15, 2008 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Smith is speaking Tuesday night in Chattanooga (where I and 2 other 'Skins fans reside) at an FCA banquet. I'll try to corner him and get a scoop! He may change his mind 4 more times by then.

Posted by: jwlemons | February 15, 2008 4:43 PM | Report abuse

sounds like he is taking our game (process) and throwing it right back in our face!!!

atta baby smitty!!! turn their game right back at 'em!!!

Posted by: deadskin | February 15, 2008 4:47 PM | Report abuse

He is a 54 year old man who has been presented with his first, and probably only, opportunity to get a coordinator gig. If he's ambivalent about it, and not hungry for the opportunity, he needs to stay in Nashville.

Posted by: JustMe | February 15, 2008 4:49 PM | Report abuse

It is interesting the number of guys that have been reluctant to come here. Mora Jr didn't. Zorn seemed to try to lock in a promotion in Seattle and got told no before he came here. Zorn clearly wasn't Danny's #1 choice, so someone -- maybe more than 1 -- told Danny no thanks on the HC job.

If Smith is thinking clearly, and I suspect he is, he knows he can trust Zorn. But Zorn only flies if Danny is happy, so Smith's decision is really about trusting Danny and Vinny. Which is a good reason to think twice about accepting the new job, even if it is more $$, a promotion and in a better place.


Posted by: zcezcest1 | February 15, 2008 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Ay yi yi....whateves with all this....so dumb....

Posted by: chrislarry | February 15, 2008 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Sounds to me like his heart may not be in it even if he comes here. Start talking to someone else.

Posted by: fgtdr | February 15, 2008 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, this is lame. Waiting for an OC candidate seems so dull after that month-long rollercoaster ride head coach search. Seemed like it would never end, and then it ended not with a plash but with a whimper.

Anyway, it's five o'clock somewhere...

Posted by: NateinthePDX | February 15, 2008 5:00 PM | Report abuse

With all due respect to Zorn, is this the kind of guy you'd want on your team? Being a straight shooter is one thing, but to - as someone else said - "flop around like a fish" is just plain weak. Can't see a guy like that making good leadership. On to the next non-offensive coordinator offensive coordinator.

Posted by: OldManGibbs | February 15, 2008 5:01 PM | Report abuse

conjecture alert*******

You know Jeff Fischer is feeding all kinds of vindanity dirt that he learned from GGW. And Shwartz prolly too...

conjecture out********

Posted by: chrislarry | February 15, 2008 5:02 PM | Report abuse

OMG

Vinny said the VinnyDan and GG would not be a good 'Marriage.'

They interviewed two times and then they had an idea it would not be a good 'Marriage'.

Posted by: mul | February 15, 2008 5:02 PM | Report abuse

All of this coaching stuff is going to make my head explode. Until the start of free agency, I'm just here for the Jibba Jabba.

Nate, It's 5 o'clock here. In your honor I poured myself a double.

Posted by: Original_etrod | February 15, 2008 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Can we just focus on getting guys who think football is a religion.....

Posted by: Oldschool | February 15, 2008 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Pats actually won Super Bowl -- in Nicaragua

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/23174505/site/21683474/

Posted by: nojunk4me | February 15, 2008 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Anyway, it's five o'clock somewhere...

Posted by: NateinthePDX | February 15, 2008 05:00 PM

Love the post time, LMGO

Nate, based on your hopes for receiver, the, you started WAY before 5 PM...

Adam

Posted by: argh | February 15, 2008 5:10 PM | Report abuse

I am thrilled beyond words that the Redskins appear to be a faith focused team. I think that people with strong faith tend to be grounded and are able to make better judgements. If this guy is in his house praying away about the opportunity and he believes God tells him to stay in Nashville, you know he saved the Skins and himself a lot of grief, but if it works the other way, you can pretty much guarantee that he will be wholly devoted to the cause. That is the thing about people with faith, they do not base their decisions on the whim of the world... they stay the course and when the valley rear their heads, and the faithless scatter, the ones with faith will be there to pick up the pieces, have credibility and be able to lead men to battle.., in this case, I am going to go out on a limb and say that the Skins may be in a lot better situation than any of us gave them credit for. Zorn knows what he is looking for in terms of character... let your yes be yes and your no be no... Smith is weighing it and I for one am happy to see him count the costs so if and when he comes, he will be all out.

Go Skins... Go Zorninator!!!

Posted by: Grumplestilskinn | February 15, 2008 5:16 PM | Report abuse

News flash to the Skins:

MOVE ON

The guy is obviously having very serious second thoughts OR.... wait a minute... he's just waiting for the Skins to come back with a 40 gagillion offer...

BRILLIANT

Snyder you are a clown!

Posted by: johnw | February 15, 2008 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Z-Man, go to plan B. You need someone as hungry as you are. Stump? Then bring EB back as the RB coach?

Posted by: chris_zz | February 15, 2008 5:22 PM | Report abuse

*** spoiler alert

Lost is a sled.

*** end spoiler alert

Posted by: NateinthePDX | February 15, 2008 5:22 PM | Report abuse

Pats actually won Super Bowl -- in Nicaragua

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/23174505/site/21683474/

Posted by: nojunk4me | February 15, 2008 05:07 PM

Nice move by the NFL to donate that to my Mother's country. It is a very poor country that needs all the help in can get. Thank you Mr. Gooddell (sp).

Posted by: ptoro | February 15, 2008 5:23 PM | Report abuse

Sounds to me like da Z-man better go to Plan B.

Posted by: mtnskinsfan | February 15, 2008 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Once...Twice...Three times a lady...

Posted by: dah19972003 | February 15, 2008 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Plan A is back.

B e e p

Posted by: tafka | February 15, 2008 5:30 PM | Report abuse

I am thrilled beyond words that the Redskins appear to be a faith focused team. I think that people with strong faith tend to be grounded and are able to make better judgements. If this guy is in his house praying away about the opportunity and he believes God tells him to stay in Nashville, you know he saved the Skins and himself a lot of grief, but if it works the other way, you can pretty much guarantee that he will be wholly devoted to the cause. That is the thing about people with faith, they do not base their decisions on the whim of the world... they stay the course and when the valley rear their heads, and the faithless scatter, the ones with faith will be there to pick up the pieces, have credibility and be able to lead men to battle.., in this case, I am going to go out on a limb and say that the Skins may be in a lot better situation than any of us gave them credit for. Zorn knows what he is looking for in terms of character... let your yes be yes and your no be no... Smith is weighing it and I for one am happy to see him count the costs so if and when he comes, he will be all out.

Go Skins... Go Zorninator!!!

Posted by: Grumplestilskinn | February 15, 2008 05:16 PM

I'm with ya 100% Grumps!

Posted by: drbatchelor | February 15, 2008 5:48 PM | Report abuse

This is why I hate media reports based on "sources"....because sources in general suck!! Less than an hour after being told Smith was turning down the Redskins offer, there is a post saying Smith accepted the job. All these damn "sources" are just wannabees who offer their opinion instead of facts and then reporters report them as fact when it is no more accurate than the internet gossip....

Posted by: mtenan | February 15, 2008 5:49 PM | Report abuse

Be smart Mr. Smith and don't come to Washington. This organization is dysfunctional. Stay where you are at.

Posted by: ftlmikeflorida | February 15, 2008 6:01 PM | Report abuse

It looks to me that it's the Post who is flopping around here. Smith has said nothing publicly and all his "flopping" is according to - apparently - unnamed sources. The Post announced him as the new OC. Now are they justifying that by blaming someone else?

Posted by: dcarmich | February 15, 2008 6:22 PM | Report abuse

That's the JLac way, dc.

Posted by: drbatchelor | February 15, 2008 6:36 PM | Report abuse

The Washington Redskins is a first class organization. Mr. Snyder is the responsible steward, and will restore this storied franchise to it's rightful place, top of the NFC East, and perennial playoff contender, at the very least.

Redskins fans rejoice!

Posted by: podspeak | February 15, 2008 6:47 PM | Report abuse

I figured after the past coupla seasons of last place finishes, "men of faith" would not be mentioned as such a positive. 07 was a particularly bad year for men of faith. That gay-bashing preacher went down for sodomy last year. Larry Craig is a man of faith. Joe Gibbs, THE man of faith just walked out on the final year of a commitment. Remember, every time the holy think they are holier....something bad always happens. Keep the bible on the shelf and the playbook on the lap, coach.

Posted by: frank.malloy | February 15, 2008 9:05 PM | Report abuse

unless you really needed work, i'd stay as far away from snyder and crew as possible. if there were a protective order against idiot/crazy owners, it'd be invoked against snyder. how in the world did he become a billionaire? he is a freaking idiot

Posted by: mtskins | February 15, 2008 9:08 PM | Report abuse

I would say any coach that is thinking of coming here should be concerned about the longevity of Zorn (personally, I am all for him giving it a go for three years...). Just listening to the radio and reading a few articles, the general consenus is that if Zorn doesn't do well then he will be fired. So, if you are thinking of taking a job under Zorn (or, aka, "The Z-Man") you might be a little bit worried about what could happen in one year's time.

I would take my time to think about that as well. Still, as an owner, I would not be happy about someone taking so long to make a decision on my offer of employment. This whole situation worries me.

Posted by: khumphreys | February 15, 2008 10:06 PM | Report abuse

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