It isn’t on the main page. You have to dig into the NFL headlines on ESPN, but they are saying Jim Zorn has agreed to be the new Redskins offensive coordinator despite the lack of head coach hiring. The contract is for three years according to sources.
There is no official announcement, and I wouldn’t expect one given that it is so late. Expect the traditional “a press conference is planned for Monday” kind of news though. And don’t be surprised if the press conference includes the hiring of Jim Fassel as well.
This article from the Washington Post mentioned one of the obstacles to hiring Fassel was that the Redskins were running into difficulty filling out the staff Fassel wanted. Zorn was the OC of choice.
It is, of course, possible that the Skins liked Zorn so much that they’ll foist him on whatever head coach they choose to hire, but it seems likely Fassel is the direction we are headed.
I like Zorn in theory. The Seahawks offense was dynamic and interesting and Matt Hasselbeck does a lot with average physical gifts. My concerns center around two things. 1) We might be “pulling a Garrett” and hiring Zorn without a head coach. I don’t like this because the first job of any coach should be to surround himself with people he trusts. 2) The Seahawks rely on the short passes of the West Coast offense. I don’t know if Zorn will install the WCO, but I’m sure he will rely on short passes. Campbell’s strengths, as we all know, are in the intermiediate and deep routes. If Zorn can teach Campbell the touch and timing of the short pass, that is fabulous and important. However, if that just isn’t Campbell’s cup of soup in the end, we have a terrible mismatch.
More as it comes, particularly if we get official word.