It’s a good thing Jim Zorn didn’t quit as he told his longtime friend Steve Largent he considered doing when Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder stripped him of play-calling duties earlier in the week.
Because apparently the reward for sticking around is Zorn gets to remain the head coach for the remainder of the 2009 season. That’s what Snyder’s right-hand man Vinny Cerrato said this morning on his radio show, something all general managers should have.
“Let me start by making a few things very perfectly clear: Jim Zorn is the head coach of the Washington Redskins, and will be for the rest of this season, and hopefully into the future,” Cerrato said on ESPN 980 in D.C.
There you have it. That’s as pretty firm an endorsement for the remainder of the season as you can get. What happens on Jan. 4 at Redskins Park in Ashburn, Va.? Well, we’ve got a sneaking suspicion someone will be packing boxes—if they’re not packed in advance. But obviously Snyder has evaluated the situation and made the decision that switching coaches in midseason isn’t going to do anything to solve the absolute mess the organization is in right now.
Cerrato said that Sherm Lewis was brought in as a consultant originally because the Redskins have the back of Zorn and they want to fully support him. How about that?
“Look at all the things that we’ve done to try to help,’’ Cerrato said. “You could have done other things drastically. No, you have confidence in him, because you want him to do well.’’
Never mind the fact that Zorn was undercut in the biggest way. He won’t be at all involved in the play calling Monday night against Philadelphia.
More entertaining than Cerrato’s explanations, however, is the latest YouTube offering by Redskins icon John Riggins. His takes on the situation have been public for a few weeks and the video he released last week exploded on the Internet. The Diesel fired again on Snyder, comparing him to Wall Street billionaire thief Bernie Madoff. We don’t believe Snyder is stealing from anyone, but he certainly is presiding over an embarrassing situation.
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