Redskins head coach Jim Zorn was not hired the normal way. He was hired as an offensive coordinator to the team before they had a head coach. After looking and failing to find a worthy candidate, Zorn was promoted to the position
With that said, Redskins owner Daniel Snyder doesn't exactly handle things the normal way. Here is someone who fires a coach in the middle of the year with three games to go (Norv Turner in 2000), a proven veteran coach to embrace a big name college coach with no pro experience (Marty Schottenheimer for Steve Spurrier in 2002), and rumors circulated he would have no problem at all firing Redskins hall of fame coach Joe Gibbs had the team failed to make the playoffs in 2007.
Gibbs was smart, knowing there really was no way to win in Washington even WITH winning and bailed out. That brought on the search that ended with Zorn. During the course of it, other coaches applied, including former Giants coach Jim Fassel and now Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo.
Coaches seemed to get the picture that working for Daniel Snyder carries with it no rewards.
Zorn was already hired by Snyder so he had already agreed to be his employee. So that brings up the question, was Zorn hired just for the time being until they could find a more suitable head coach, ie Bill Cowher, and now Mike Shanahan?
Zorn led the Redskins to an 8-8 record, which happened to be the exact record Marty Schottenheimer had in his one season with the Skins that resulted in Snyder forgoing all the cash he signed him for just to fire him.
So with the Redskins being the first victim to fall to the Detroit Lions since December of 2007, that seems to more than warrant a pink slip under the standards of Snyder. In addition, million dollar man Albert Haynesworth was injured by sacking Matthew Stafford. Let me repeat that.
DEFENSIVE LINEMAN Albert Haynesworth was injured and had to be carted off the field from tackling ROOKIE QUARTERBACK MATTHEW STAFFORD. Haynesworth left the game with a towel covering his face. I wouldn't be surprised if he shows up to next week's game wearing a bag on his head.
For that action, I have to name Albert Haynesworth my nappy-headed-ho of the week.
But back to his, at least current head coach. Did Snyder ever believe in or even want Zorn to be his head coach? Was this the sign he was looking for? Now if he fires Zorn now, there obviously isn't a large pool out there to replace him this instant.
And the only interim head coach who returned to be head coach of last season was aggravated assault Tom Cable. So maybe Snyder will stick with Zorn just for the rest of the season. But even if he does achieve any success, it may not be enough.