- The Washington Times - Monday, January 4, 2010

UPDATED:

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — The Washington Redskins say they’ve fired coach Jim Zorn.

General manager Bruce Allen says Zorn was informed of the decision shortly after the team returned to Redskins Park early Monday, following a season-ending 23-20 loss to San Diego.

Allen said in a statement released by the team that “the status quo is not acceptable.”

Allen, who has been the GM for three weeks, said he “felt it was necessary to not waste a moment of time building this team into a winner.”

Zorn was 12-20 over two seasons as coach. The Redskins finished 4-12 this season.

“This has been an extremely difficult season for our organization and for the fans,” Redskins owner Daniel M. Snyder said in a statement. “Bruce Allen (executive vice president/general manager) spent many hours examining the football operations, and we are both determined to do whatever it takes to build a championship team. That process begins today.

“No one in the organization is satisfied with our record over the last two years, and I am sure that Jim would concur with that statement. It has been painful for him too. I certainly accept responsibility for mistakes that I have made. I am hopeful that our fans will accept my commitment and pledge to deliver a franchise that can compete in the NFC East every season. Finally, I am mindful that this is a tough day for Jim and his family, and I do want to wish him success in his next endeavor.”

Allen held a midday press conference at the team’s Northern Virginia headquarters. He confirmed Zorn’s firing but did not name a new head coach.

Former Denver Broncos head coach Mike Shanahan is widely believed to be Zorn’s replacement. Shanahan led the Broncos to Super Bowl wins in 1997 and 1998.

“Today starts our 2011 season” Allen said. “The status quo has to end. We have to change the way we do things.”

Allen said Zorn was “disappointed but very professional” when told of his firing early this morning when the team returned from California after a loss to the San Diego Chargers.

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