If you didn’t hear Vinny Cerrato’s show this morning, and haven’t yet read Larry Weisman’s piece on redskins.com, you may not have heard the ‘good’ news. Cerrato stated unequivocally that Jim Zorn will coach the Redskins through the end of this season. He even went on to express a general desire for Zorn to coach beyond this year, though his tone regarding that was non-committal. What can we make of this? Anything we want, me thinks.
Hey, it’s great that the Redskins’ players won’t have to endure a change in head coaches during the season. Less turmoil is a good thing. I say turmoil because any change of that magnitude at this point would have been subjected to intense media scrutiny. With ten games left to play, the Redskins have experienced a season’s worth of that already. The inescapable fact is that, as nice as it is that the winds of change have apparently stopped blowing, there’s still a foul smell in the air. Jim Zorn’s authority as head coach was diminished significantly, and Dan Snyder is still a meddling owner.
About that word ‘good’ … Is this good news? Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, for sure. I think it’s good news, because no coach, including one on Zorn’s current staff, would likely want to take over the helm mid-season. It’s not like the decision to employ Sherman Lewis as the offensive play caller was going to be reversed any time soon. What coach with any measure of self-respect would want to inherit this mess in progress?
I believe Jim Zorn has been given some rope with which to hang himself. But, he could surprise both the pundits and his boss by lifting himself up by his bootstraps. Can he lead the team to a mid-season rebound? Possibly, but to do so the Skins would have to overcome their formidable schedule, their modus operandi (mo), the circus-like press atmosphere, and the fans’ collective short fuse. I’m pretty sure they can ignore the press and the boo birds. Nonetheless, the offense has a very difficult task ahead – overcoming itself. The schedule is what it is.
Somewhere in the midst of all this Jim Zorn has reportedly earned a measure of respect. After all, he didn’t pull a Sarah Palin and quit. And, he maintained his composure. He leaned on his good friend Steve Largent, his family, and his personal faith. I have no idea if he has an ego left to rely on.
It will be interesting to see the extent to which the players rally around Zorn. I’m not talking about saying the ‘right thing’ during an interview by offering some weak expression of support. I’m referring to the energy with which they play and how well they execute the game plan. Anyone can spout words. That said, it would be nice to hear Mr. Portis speak up publicly on Zorn’s behalf.
There you have it. Zorn is staying, Cerrato hasn’t resigned, and Snyder hasn’t sold the team. One for three in baseball will get you a monster contract. If you think it’s 0 for 3, why not tune in Monday night and see what transpires? Speaking of Monday night, here’s my version of the Eagles’ fight song: Die Eagles die, on the road to misery. Go Skins!