Zorn Officially Fired; Is Mike Shanahan Far Behind?

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Black Monday started with the first firing being in the nation’s capital, as to the surprise of no one, the Redskins fired head coach Jim Zorn. The move opens the door for the team to take a long look and flirt with former Broncos coach Mike Shanahan.

Reports say that Zorn was informed of his dismissal shortly after the team returned to Redskins Park following Sunday’s season-ending 23-20 loss at San Diego.

“No one in the organization is satisfied with our record over the last two years,” Snyder said in a statement released by the team, “and I am sure that Jim would concur with that statement. It has been painful for him, too. I certainly accept responsibility for mistakes that I have made. I am hopeful that our fans will accept my commitment and pledge to deliver a franchise that can compete in the NFC East every season.”

Zorn and the Skins were not very good when he was coach, as he went 12-20 over two seasons, but he lost 18 of his last 24 games after a 6-2 start in 2008. The Redskins struggled early despite a weak schedule this season and finished 4-12, their worst record since 1994.

“The status quo is not acceptable,” general manager Bruce Allen said in a separate statement. “I felt it was necessary to not waste a moment of time to begin building this team into a winner.”

Zorn’s replacement will be Washington’s seventh coach since Snyder bought the team in 1999. Playing a role in the decision will be Allen, who was hired as the GM last month.

“Bruce Allen spent many hours examining the football operations, and we are both determined to do whatever it takes to build a championship team,” Snyder said. “That process begins today.”

And that process likely will start with Shanahan, who has been considered the favorite to replace Zorn for some time.


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