- The Washington Times - Monday, October 19, 2009


Redskins lose to Chiefs at home — That sound you hear from FedEx Field is the time ticking away on the Jim Zorn era. There’s little to no doubt Zorn’s days are numbered; the only questions are when does Dan Snyder pull the trigger, and who replaces him? Jerry Gray may be the most likely choice, but it seems the Redskins’ season is destined for a four- or five-win finish regardless of who takes over. But if you’re Mike Shanahan or Mike Holmgren or Bill Cowher, what could possibly make you want to take over this mess? Well, besides a large pile of Snyder’s money.

Caps beat Predators in shootout — Want more proof the Caps are now the District’s only hope? Redskins fans are mad the team isn’t winning, while Caps fans are mad the team isn’t winning by enough. Entering Saturday night, Nashville had scored as many goals as Alex Ovechkin (seven) yet rallied from a 2-0 deficit to force a shootout. But here’s a memo for bandwagon Caps fans: After scoring two goals earlier in the game, Ovechkin’s shootout winner doesn’t count as a hat trick.


1. He gave up his playcalling duties — Much like Steve Spurrier, Zorn was hired because of his offensive credentials, only to give up his playcalling duties in the second season. Unlike Spurrier, Zorn probably won’t last two full seasons.

2. Three horrible teams count the Redskins as their first win — This is bad news for the Titans and Browns because both winless teams don’t have the Redskins on their schedule.

3. The switch to Todd Collins didn’t work — What else can Zorn do now? Put in Colt Brennan or Chase Daniel? Oh, wait…

4. Dan Snyder is his boss — Just ask Norv Turner, Marty Schottenheimer and Spurrier how that worked out for them.

5. Ex-Redskins players are destroying him — On his Twitter account, John Riggins was kind enough to offer Zorn a position coaching his son’s high school team.


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