- The Washington Times - Monday, February 11, 2008

WEEKEND REWIND - In Case You Missed It

Redskins hire Jim Zorn as coach: After a month long search that made the Redskins the laughingstocks of the NFL, the team finally settled on recently hired offensive coordinator Jim Zorn as Joe Gibbs’ replacement. Zorn’s hiring prompted mostly confusion from fans, an upgrade from the unbridled rage for owner Dan Snyder that the rumored Jim Fassel hiring had inspired. Fortunately for Snyder, Raiders owner Al Davis — “The King of Bad Coaching Hires” — is still alive.

Wizards hitting a wall: Heading into last night’s game in Phoenix, the Wizards had lost six straight and were without Antonio Daniels and Caron Butler to go along with the sidelined Gilbert Arenas. The team’s hot streak in January inflated the expectations of fans, most of whom would have been happy with a .500 record at the All-Star break without Arenas. But two more West Coast games before the break might mean having to settle for four games under .500.

Virginia loses again: Is there anything sadder than watching a great player like Sean Singletary suffer because of an inferior supporting cast? Singletary’s final season in Charlottesville is reminiscent of John Gilchrist’s final year in College Park — an immense talent brought down by his teammates. Not only is Virginia’s season ruined, but so could be Singletary’s stock in this year’s NBA Draft.

TWT FIVE - Pro Bowl improvements

1. Move it to the week before the Super Bowl: Obviously players participating in the Super Bowl would be exempt, but it at least would add some spice to the awful two-week layoff.

2. Scrap the rules: How about a 7-on-7 game that places the emphasis on the skill players that people want to see? Does anyone watch for the offensive guards?

3. Fine players who back out: Injured players certainly would be allowed to skip the game, but if the NFL wants fans to care about the game, the players should as well.

4. Cancel it: Is there any all-star exhibition that causes less excitement? The NHL All-Star Game is high scoring, and the MLS All-Star Game features international stars.

5. America vs. the World: Hockey tried it for a few years, but the approximately four international players in the NFL might be at a disadvantage.


Redskins 360: Ryan O’Halloran and David Elfin react to the surprising hiring of Jim Zorn as Redskins coach.


“If he can keep on doing that, we’re probably not going to lose anymore.” — Maryland’s Cliff Tucker on teammate Greivis Vasquez

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