Whoah! Zorn is the Head Coach

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According to ESPN and the Washington Post, the Redskins will announce that Jim Zorn, our recently hired offensive coordiantor will actually become our head coach. No word on what we’ll do for an OC yet.

I’ll reserve final judgment for now.  I want to see the press conference and hear the plan for the future.  But I’m pretty excited to tell the truth.  I can’t figure out whether I’m excited because we have a new coach or because I like Zorn.  But Zorn is an interesting football mind with a great reputation.  Had he been hired a week after Gibbs retired I doubt there’d be too much complaining. As it is, we’ll see if the process hurts the final product.

Without the press conference, we won’t know for sure, but I suspect that we will be installing some version of the West Coast offense.  If Jason Campbell adjusts, this could be a good thing.  The WCO is a QB’s best friend, but I’m afraid Campbell’s strengths aren’t in the short timing passes that are featured in the WCO.  The Redskins definitely excelled at the intermediate pass all year.  I can’t even count the number of 3rd and 10 conversions we made with some beautiful long outs and short corners.  On the other hand, Moss and Randle El should be very good for the WCO.  Moss is Mr. Yards After the Catch.

On defense, this doesn’t really change anything.  If anything, it makes the job of the defense a little easier as the timing routes of the WCO mean they tend to keep the clock running even when they pass.

Anyway, too early to tell too much.  Tomorrow, I’ll have more thoughts after going through the press conference and seeing who the OC is.  But the long wait is over.  Let the Zorn era begin!

-DW

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