At riggosrag we’ve taken the high road on various issues inside Redskins’ Park. We’ll continue to do so. That means no mocking of Sherman Lewis for coming to the Skins from a Bingo Hall and a Nursing Home. The man provided a valuable service to his community in both cases, and should be emulated. Praise be! Hallelujah even. It’s time for Mr. Lewis to go back home and enjoy retirement. Why, you ask? I’ll get to that after a word from our sponsor.
Did you see the headline of Jason Reid’s latest blog? Jim Zorn made it official – Randle El isn’t the only Redskins’ punt returner. Why’s he returning punts at all, Jimmy? Why why why? We made the case for a switch before training camp. Certainly, you shouldn’t care what we think or say, but you should have made this decision in training camp because you had access to the same facts we reviewed at that time. They’re posted on NFL.com, for crying out loud. Randle El is way too valuable as a slot receiver, and has become way too conservative as a punt returner, period. Back to Sherm.
Jim Zorn is the Head Coach of the Washington Redskins. Football people knew he was taking a monster leap from position coach to head coach, but what was he supposed to do – tell Dan Snyder (Batman) and Vinny Cerrato (Robin, Boy Wonder) No? He’d have likely been out of a job, though we don’t know that for sure. He was in one of those untenable positions – a bad marriage. All guys know what that’s like – darned if you do and darned if you don’t. Or is that darned if you don’t and darned 50 more times because you didn’t? I’m sure Jim Zorn saw bright stars when he was offered the job. I hope he was smart enough to also wet his boxers. (Anyone know if it’s boxers or briefs for JZ? Mrs. Zorn?) He should have been afraid, very afraid. Anyway, he should be the one to say ‘Bring in a play-calling consultant‘. If Batman and Robin felt that strongly about it, they should have either brought Mr. Lewis in to advise them quietly or fired Zorn. They didn’t manage, they usurped. Crikey!
This play-calling gig won’t work out well for Sherman Lewis. He’s a victim too. Who wants to have his volunteer activities mocked en passant in sentences aimed at the Redskins’ front office? For that matter, what play-caller wants to be seen on national television having an assistant coach explaining plays to him and helping him make situational calls? Holy embarrassment Batman!
Mr. Snyder needs to let Jim Zorn coach. He needs to let him earn his money and stop meddling in football matters. He needs to undo what he had Boy Wonder do, and he needs to tell Zorn about the reversal himself. That way, if the ship capsizes further, two good and inwardly proud men – Lewis and Zorn – won’t be humiliated rather than one.
Our team, the Washington Redskins, didn’t have to become more of a laughing stock this year than teams with less wins. That didn’t have to happen. Furthermore, Mr. Snyder’s carefully worded half-apology yesterday didn’t make up for a thing. He needs to say “I’m sorry I meddle in areas I have no real knowledge of, and I’m going to replace Vinny with a strong GM who does.” He needs to change course now.
As always, Go Skins!