Redskins Nation Must Be Realistic: No Point to Firing Jim Zorn
Every fan in Redskins’ Nation had every right to want every coach and player fired, the team sold, relocated, and renamed, and FedEx Field burned to the ground last Sunday.
But now that we have had a chance to cool off a little. Let's honestly look at our choices.
No interim coach has ever made a deep playoff run in the NFL. I'm not sure if any have even made the playoffs (let me know if one has).
On the opposite note, there have been many coaches that have lost two out of their first three games and went on to turn their season around and win a Super Bowl. The most recent example is Tom Coughlin and the Giants two years ago. He was just as maligned and despised by Giants fans early in that season as Zorn is this year by Redskins fans.
Now Coughlin has a key to the city.
I'm not saying that Zorn is likely to turn this team around. I'm just reminding people of the reality of the Redskins' situation. If you are going to fire someone you better have a better person waiting to replace him.
Firing Zorn would effectively kill the season. Let's not be too hasty. After the next three weeks we will all see if Zorn should be fired or not. The Redskins play three teams that are actually in much worse shape than they are.
No team in the NFL has a better opportunity to get well than the Redskins. It’s the pro football equivalent of having a three day weekend off of work to recover from an epic hangover.
Dan Snyder’s choices were to fire coaches and force his team to spend the next three weeks trying to read the Cliffs Notes’ version of another coach’s philosophy or let the Redskins have these games to improve upon Zorn’s schemes.
I can’t believe I am saying this, but…Snyder actually made the right decision. Since he doesn’t have the track record for patience I feel that he must be given some credit when he actually makes a well thought out decision.
Redskin fans have every right to expect more from their favorite team. But firing a coach in the middle of a season is never a good way to improve a team. If Zorn can improve some of his game time decisions and Greg Blache can remember that bad teams respond poorly to defensive pressure the Redskins have every chance of being 4-2 after six weeks.
Until then Zorn and Blache must continue to seek on field success with the understanding that they have been given the NFL’s version of a final written warning.
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