The Washington Times - October 23, 2009, 03:00PM

During practice, Jim Zorn said he wasn’t aware of Vinny Cerrato’s radio comments saying he was the coach for the rest of the year.

Asked for a reaction after practice, Zorn didn’t exactly provide a great sound bite.


“I don’t necessarily have a reaction to that because I am the head coach,” he said. “My deal is, I’m the head football coach. I want to be here the next 10 years. That’s my story. I have a contract. It says what it says but I’m committed to these guys. I wouldn’t even begin to try to answer that question.”

Zorn added, “For me, I’m not concerned about the future. I’m trying to live in the present and we have a game.”

The players were non-emotional in their reactions. The veterans have been around this circus long enough to know that things can change in a blink with Snyder/Cerrato being fed up with Zorn and firing him.

Asked if this was an iron-clad endorsement, one veteran said, “We’ll see.”

Said quarterback Jason Campbell: “I think it does [eliminate a distraction]. That won’t be the main question, the main focus that everyone continues to talk about each and every day. We can move forward as a team, work on progressing and try to turn this season around. It’s been a rough first six games. That should relieve a lot of tension, a lot of stress.”

Cerrato declined comment after practice and the team did not issue a statement with a quote from him talking about the announcement. Good thing everybody was listening to the radio this morning.

— Ryan O’Halloran