- The Washington Times - Monday, January 4, 2010

The Washington Redskins on Monday fired head coach Jim Zorn.

The announcement makes official what had been expected since about halfway through the 4-12 season, when Zorn was stripped of his play-calling responsibilities after losing to the Kansas City Chiefs.

Bruce Allen, the team’s new general manager and executive vice president, said Zorn was told about the decision shortly after the Redskins returned to team headquarters in Northern Virginia early Monday morning following a season-ending 23-20 loss to the San Diego Charges.

During a midday press conference at team headquarters, Allen 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.

Allen said that the Redskins have no timetable for hiring a new coach and that the team was focused only on finding “somebody who could lead these men in the locker room to a level they haven’t played to before.”

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

He suggested that improvements would come by adding players, not cutting those now on the team.

“The best way to improve is by addition, not subtraction,” Allen said.

On the future of starting quarterback Jason Campbell, Allen said: “I don’t think he’s played his best football yet. I think that’s in front of him.”

Allen said he also spoke this morning with players and staff and that decisions about hiring and firing assistants would be determined by the next head coach.

Allen said Zorn was “disappointed but very professional” when told about being fired. Zorn was 12-20 over two seasons as coach.

“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 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.”

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