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Sherm Lewis can’t fix the ‘Skins

Adding a ‘consultant’ makes for an awkward situation. Matt Bowen

Print This October 07, 2009, 01:30 PM EST

What do we make of Sherm Lewis coming to Washington as a “consultant” to head coach Jim Zorn and an anemic Redskins offense that’s struggling to score points?

Raising the white flag already?

Not yet, but it’s a sign that things aren’t up to par with owner Daniel Snyder. He’s bringing in reinforcements to the top of the food chain — and that will most likely lead to what we’ve all thought so far this season: a change at the top.

When I was a rookie in St. Louis in the 2000 season, the “Greatest Show on Turf” -- an offense that consisted of Marshall Faulk and Kurt Warner along with a young Orlando Pace, Torry Holt and Isaac Bruce -- was putting up points like you’d see from Florida and Tim Tebow against a 1-AA school in awful uniforms.

On defense? Not so much. We started the season 6-0, and despite the overwhelming amount of offense that Mike Martz and Warner could generate, we went on a terrible losing streak because of our defense. In came the late Bud Carson, a defensive innovator and a coach who was thought to be the deciding factor in our mid-season turn around.

To say the least, it was awkward for the players in the defensive meeting room -- our coordinator, Peter Giunta, conducting a meeting while Bud interjected his thoughts. Suddenly, we had two coaches with two different philosophies in the same room — and the coordinator became the subordinate.

The result: a 10-6 season with a first-round wild card exit down in New Orleans. Yes, the league’s best offense was wasted because we couldn’t make plays and couldn’t produce in our defense with both Giunta and Carson. A Super Bowl ring down the drain that still stings me.

So what happened the next season?

Giunta and his staff were out — and Lovie Smith and his staff were in. An entirely new defensive system, new coaches, new ways to practice, etc, etc. The “call for help” the previous season wasn’t enough, but how could it be?

That’s the issue facing the ‘Skins right now. No disrespect to Sherm Lewis, but how can he come into the facility now and change things? There will be no new players who suddenly arrive to make this offense more explosive, there won’t be a new offensive line, and Zorn will still call the plays.

I understand the idea because the Redskins are at a crucial point in their season. Despite the heat coming down on Zorn, QB Jason Campbell, Albert Haynesworth and this entire franchise, they’re still sitting at 2-2 — a place a lot of clubs would like to be right now. They travel to Carolina on Sunday to take on the winless Panthers — another team that’s hamstrung on offense — and a loss will most likely open the skies to a media rainstorm in that town.

And Zorn’s job security will once again be brought into question.

Whether that happens remains to be seen, but the story here is that consultants are only brought in for one reason — and that’s to fix something that’s broken.

Like the Redskins’ red zone offense.

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