Whoah! Zorn is the Head Coach

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

Topics: Head Coach, Jim Zorn, Washington Redskins

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  • gehenna

    At least the search is over. And it’s not Fassel! I think the biggest problem was the hamfisted way they handled the whole ordeal.  Like you said, the decision they made in the end wasn’t all that horrible.  It’s just a shame we had to alienate Gregg Williams and keep everyone hanging while we made the Keystone Cops look suave.

  • Rob

    To those of you supporting this decision, areyou insane?  Snyder did not hire this man initially as head coach because he simply does not have the qualifications.  Sorry Zorn, I am sure you might be a good choice to develop Campbell, but the head coaching position requires so much more than his experience offers the team.  The only reason Danny boy is hiring this 55 year old MAN (not a young coach and never even a coordinator) is because he knows that he can effectively CONTROL him.  Snyder could not or would not control Gibbs, and it was a nice four year respite from the idiot owner’s micromanagement (despite unfair fan criticism of Gibbs, he did at least give the team a playoff appearence twice in four years, as opposed to once in ten years without him at the helm).  The reality is that until we: a. Get a new owner (again: FIRE SNYDER!); b. Get a real GM (banish Cerrato) we will not be much of a team.  As great as Gibbs was, even he needed a GM with real personnel knowledge.  I truly feel sorry for the players who came together under Gibbs’ leadership at the end of the season.  After all they have been through; this is truly unfair to them that they should suffer from Danny’s maniacal and self-serving behavior.  He owes them more than this choice. He owes us, the fans, more.   He owes the memory of Shaun Taylor more.

  • gehenna

    Maybe you’re right Rob. I guess I’m willing to give the guy a chance.  I always get tired of all the grumpy Redskins "fans" who like to do nothing but grumble and complain.  I love how everyone complains that Snyder micromanages the team and then they go on to spell out exactly what Snyder should do in exacting detail.  "He shouldn’t be micromanaging the team! *I* should! Because I know so much more than they do! I watch every sunday after all! I even have my own jersey!"  We haven’t even gotten to draft day and people are ready to write the team off. That’s not what a fan does, even if the owner is a little sketchy. The whole head coach process was a fiasco; no doubt about it.  Part of me suspects that nobody wanted the job because they knew damn well that there’s a good chance that Snyder will dump them for Cowher in a year.  At any rate, like it or not, Zorn is  going to be our head coach.  Let’s give the Redskins a chance, huh?  He’s a Redskins now and part of being a fan is showing our support.  Remember what that word means? Support??? It’s what fans do!!! Zorn deserves that much. The PLAYERS deserve that much.  Sean Taylor’s memory deserves that much. 

  • http://deleted Rob

    I support the players, but I don’t support Dan Snyder or any of his sychophants.  I don’t believe for a minute that Zorn will have much control over this team; do you?   I obviously don’t want fans to micromanage the team. I want a coach with on-field control and a GM with control over personnel and draft decisions.   I think most fans want the same.  Remember how that system worked back in the days of the Cooke family?  Snyder’s pathetic attempts to micromanage this team is stomache turning; and the selection of Zorn seems part of that process.  If its about the money and personal control for Snyder, why should his fans blithley accept his attempt to control the team through weak coaches?  We have a right to be angry.   

  • http://nicepickcowher.com Chris

    Well, at least disgruntled Redskin fans won’t make more music videos about your laughable quest for a new head coach: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IW-pcmIHH5Y

  • http://riggosrag.com Jasper

    I think the search for the new Head coach process worked fine. Why would anybody be in a hurry to hire a head football coach. The patience that Mr. Snyder, and Mr. Cerrato showed in this HC search was good. I don’t know why everybody call Cerrato a bad GM. He wasn’t asking for the players Coach Gibbs, and Coach Williams were hand picking. All Cerrato did was figured out how to get them under the salary-cap; which he did. And let’s look at Mr. Snyders head-coaching hire record. Spurrier the hottest college head-coach in the market before his hire. Several teams wanted Spurrier to be their head-coach. Schottenheimer, we all saw what he did for the Chargers organization. Gibbs who won’t have hired Hall of Fame Coach Joe Gibbs. He even made a big name for himself in another sport. So lets calm down and just let this play out. Remember Andy Reid never was a coordinator before he became a NFL head-coach in 1999.

  • gehenna

    All I’m saying Rob, is that we should give the poor Zorn fellah a chance before we crucify him.  You can be angry at the ownership. I’m angry too. But keep your anger at the ownership and try to have an open mind about our new coach.  We’re going to have him, no matter what.  If we don’t support him, we’re just sabotaging any chance we have of success.   Jasper, I agree with you about taking your time to get the right coach. There’s nothing wrong with that (despite what the media says).  The problem was the way we drove away prospects by preventing prospective coaches from picking their own staff.  I also thought the way we handled Gregg Williams was shameful.

  • http://thelandryhat.com thelandryhat

    Rob, this blog is insane. You are right. Hiring Zorn is one of the most bizarre moves in redskins history. 3-13 next year guys. You are rebuildin’!

  • ricks02

     ZORN!!???? ZORN!!??  Wow, did Snyder exhaust his search of the Arena Coaches? Maybe he might want to review some local high schools first. Atleast these guys have head coach experience. How about even assistant coach experience?Once again, Synder has shown his lack of football knowledge!! Rather than hiring a coach with head coach experience, he worked his way down the list to bottom dwelling quarteback coaches. Cause we all know the team developement skill position coaches have!! So, I am certain this is the guy to lead the team to the SuperBowl…. uh, yeah, right!! Head coach positions require extensive knowledge in multiple areas of management, planning, coordinating, and player developement, that a coach such as Zorn is coming in behind the eight ball. So what if Zorn can coach the quarterback position, what has he done to prove any of the above skills.The word is out in the NFL: Dan Synder is a smuck! Nobody, with any pride or back bone, want to work for a guy like Synder.  Under Synder’s control, the Redskins will continue to sink from the once great organization that once was.  So, for all you fans that like yearly increased ticket prices, fan profiterring, money grubbing, and 7-9 seasons; Snyder is your man!!  

  • ricks02

    Gehenna,The majority of us "grumpy" fans have earned the right! We have watched Synder systematically destroy a once great team and tradition.  I have given Synder plenty of chances. As for Zorn: You have to feel sorry for the guy. He has been set up for failure. He lacks the experience, and his owner is too involved. The biggest problem is the owner, Snyder, doesn’t know football. Synder is just an entitled little boy, who is under the impression he knows the sport. He is an owner who wants to be Jerry Jones, but resembles more Jerry Lewis. He is a joke, and he is making the Redskins as big a joke.So, "grumpy" I may be. I have supported this franchise for many seasons, and through many troubled times. I have earned the right to mock Snyder.

  • justin moran

    rob..   we have no choice but to support the decision… for now.we bitch when dan goes out and pays huge for the biggest name possible. which we have seen doesn’t work.I have always been critical of danny boy but I do know with all of his heart he wants to win.alot of owners are happy with just filling up seats.for one you cant fire the owner and two be careful what you wish for.lets say dan gets sick of the critics and sells the team to a group of investors who could care less about winning as long as the seats are full (which they will always be in washington)that would be great wouldnt it? and as far as a gm that is what he just made cerrato and if that doesnt work there will be a major house cleaning.and as long as winning is your only goal eventually you will get it right.and as far as qualifications there have been successfull qb coaches who made the leap.so before we condem snyder for wanting to win lets see how zorn does.

  • gehenna

    Rick, I guess you’re right. You "earned" it.  Next you’re going to start talking about how you pay good money to go to the games and that grants you the right to complain.  I never said you don’t have the right to piss and moan.  I just wish our fans would CHOOSE to be supportive of our new head coach.  Complain about Snyder all you want, but what’s the sense in making Zorn feel even more intimidated by jumping all over him before the ink is dry on his contract?  You’re creating a self-fulfilling prophecy with your doom and gloom.  Bad enough that it might be true without you guys WISHING it was so.

  • Godsfavoriteteam

    I told you all that Dumbass Dan Snyder was going to f*ck this up. Nobody wanted to believe me. I also predicted that all of you would finally go along with whatever this no talent dredge would turn up. "give the poor fella a chance". "With all his heart he wants to win". Nothing is more funny than this shit.  rics02 is right on the button, but he will conform soon as well. Like justin says you have "NO CHOICE" but to support.  Dan is the lead dog in this team that spells MEDIOCRITY.  You have now truly become the Lions of the nfc east. Say Hi to Dan for me Guys. My last post till Dan fu*ks up again. wont be reading any replies. Any negative replies is fuel and love for the Cowboys…Say that… DALLAS COWBOYS….say this too….Jerry Jones. Learn it… Live it. Bye Losers, I mean Lions, I mean mediocrity, no I meant Losers.<grin>

  • gehenna

    What sort of coward posts a fly by hate rant? If you’re going to start shit, at least be man enough to follow through and take the responses people give you.

  • justin

    lets hope godsavoritedick is good luck.remember when he was talking about how far hs cowgirls would go?we saw how that worked out for him. 

  • justin

    hey godsfavoriteteamthatcantwinintheplayoffs.   just keep talking trash lets see how far you can get that foot in your mouth.

  • Godsfavoriteteam

    Does anyone think its funny that justin can’t think fast enough to put all his thoughts in one post. He always post twice. I don’t want anyone to answer that because he might be retarded and you guys know how retatrded people are? they are very sensitive. You guys keep up with the redskins, you know this. Justin, I am friend, do you good, people mean, not me. Retard cool! Retard my friend. You right, foot in mouth,…..

  • Godsfavoriteteam

    …….godsfavoriteteamthatcantwintheplayoffs funny. you cool. retard always say truth.

  • gehenna

    Since you’ve been kind enough to join us, GFT, maybe you can explain something to us.  If the cowboys are truly Gods Favorite Team, how is it that they haven’t won the playoffs in a decade?  Does that mean God has turned his back on you? Maybe you should start calling yourself "Gods Favorite Disappointment" now. Really though, how do you explain this drought? Even Parcells couldn’t save you and he got the freaking JETS to a championship game with Vinny freaking Testaverde.  So I guess my question is, has God changed his mind or is your team just letting him down?

  • Godsfavoriteteam

    You know how God talks to George Bush and more than half this dumbass country believed him? Well, my friend, God talks to the Cowboys. And God said, Let there be other teams to win in the fierce battle for supremacy. On his knees Jerry Jones said to God, Lose my most high? And god replied, Never get on your knees for me Jerry, let me get on my knees for you my elite owner and gm. God then said, There has to be balance in the NFL. Its only fair that other teams get to win sometimes. Jerry Jones being the gracious champion that he is, agreed to the terms that god had set forth. You see, when you win all the time its easy to let it go to for a while to other mediocre teams. Gods plan was for the redskins to win one more time before the Cowboys began their wrath but it is you who has let him down. God didn’t want a troubled safety for his heaven team, he wanted washington to pull one out. That is not going to happen any time soon so The Cowboy Wrath starts next season. Finally!!! We got a taste last season but god likes to play tricks and sometimes the devil gets involved like he did when he sent you Dan Snyder.

  • Godsfavoriteteam

    Hey look, I’m just like justin. Wanted to talk redskins players this time. Lets See…who can we start with, somebody famous from this team is….uh….no he’s a basketball player….um…oh yea! That guy that died. Whats his name….sombody help me put. Yall know who i’m talkin bout. Number 12 or 30….what was his number, anyway there was that guy. Okay who else is famous from this team…………………………………………………..Shit, who else?……………………………………………….How bout the Fag who this blog is named after. I looked him up and found out that he didn’t really contribute to nfl history whatsoever. He was just a fag. Thats all. His stats were all Fagget this, Fagget that. Not memorable at all. I called ESPN and asked them if they could put together some sort of piece on John Riggins. Their first reaction was a Loud WHO!! then they asked me if this was some kind of frat prank, then there was scilence and then a burst of laughter lit the background of the person whom I was speaking too. I tried fellas. I was going to bat for the redskins but I was hung up on. I’ll try again for the red and gold! Hell to the redskins.<grin>

  • gehenna

    Don’t do us any favors.  Your assertion would be slightly more humorous if we didn’t have TWO hall of famers going to get inducted this year.  So yeah…I guess nobody knows our players all right.  That stuff you post about?  It’s like a joke only less funny.  I can see you’re trying though, so good job! Maybe one day you’ll write something that’s actually cleverl. Keep it up big boy!

  • justin

    did you guys know hitler was  cowboys fan ?look up hitler/cowboys on utube.dirtbags,douchbags,godsfavoritedick,hitler,and every illegal imagrant in the country.it must be special to be a cowgirls fan.      p.s.   new rule no blogs from any cowgirls fans until you win a playoff game.

  • Godsfavoriteteam

    Here is a serious post from Godsfavoriteteam. My favorite uniform in the Nfl is Redskins in all whites. I can be an ass I know but this I’m serious about. I felt I needed to be positive about something today so I chose to give all my friends on this sight a treat. A serious treat. Redskins in all white are the Bomb. Maybe a white Helmet with logo only would really top it off.

  • gehenna

    Thank you for the kind words. Not sure I’d like a white helmet but it’s an interesting thought.

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