Sunday, February 10, 2008
The Washington Redskins hired Jim Zorn today as their head coach, replacing Hall of Famer and general living legend Joe Gibbs, who resigned after improbably leading the Redskins to a playoff berth.
This isn't actually the first time the Redskins have hired Zorn. In fact, Zorn had been hired earlier in the off-season to be the Redskins' offensive coordinator, leaving his post as quarterbacks coach of the NFC West Champion (granted, that's like saying I-A Independent Champion Navy, the competition is pretty pathetic, although it should be noted that WKU was a D-IAA team recently and Army is a military academy and can't recruit like other places) Seattle Seahawks. But Owner Daniel Snyder and VP of Football Operations Vinnie Cerrato interviewed Zorn further and determined that he was the best candidate to follow Gibbs.
Zorn brings impressive credentials (as a successful coach and former player) and will have the tough task of getting good but not great team back to the playoffs in the extremely competitive NFC East.
EDIT: I am not endorsing this pick. In fact, I don't think it was a great hire. It was decent. Greg Blache was a much better hire as D-Coordinator. This hire was ultimately made because of Zorn's experience with QBs, so he was brought in basically to help Jason Campbell. But really: who else was better that they could have hired?