Daniel Snyder, Washington Redskins Looking For Coach To Save Them

Anthony BrownCorrespondent IOctober 12, 2009

LANDOVER, MD - DECEMBER 30:  Special Teams coach Danny Smith of the Washington Redskins looks on against the New York Giants at FedEx Field on December 30, 2006 in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

It seems the chiefs at Redskin Park have convened something of a death panel for the team.

According to DC Pro Sports Report, who cited NFL.com's story by Jason LaCanfora, Daniel Snyder and Vinny Cerrato are flirting with the idea of naming special teams coach Danny Smith or secondary coach and interim defensive spokesman Jerry Gray as interim head coach, replacing Jim Zorn.


At precisely the moment when the management should be doing everything to get the team focused on a turnaround, they continue to torpedo the coach.

LaCanfora wrote that Snyder was so angry about Sunday's loss to Carolina that he refused to fly home on the team plane.

Way to foster teamwork, Daniel.

How does Zorn respond to that sort of thing?

By studying the example of his quarterback, Jason Campbell.

When the owner went ga-ga over rookie Mark Sanchez, after going ga-ga over Jay Cutler, Campbell went to work. Asked by his teammates why he was showing up for summer workouts, Campbell said he was there for the team.

Campbell's display of class and character can rub off on Zorn. Zorn must show more assertiveness, just as Campbell should.

Zorn, Sherman Smith, Campbell and all the players must be there for each other, and against the owner.

Snyder is not their friend. Embattled coaches and players are allied with each other.

Set your jaw, get to work and win, guys.

The Redskins organization is edging toward 6-10 every day. For the record, Hog Heaven writers Anthony Brown and Greg Trippiedi picked the Redskins to go 9-7 and 11-5, respectively.

Those achievements are mathematically possible. Turmoil from the top is the biggest obstacle facing the team.

Daniel Snyder should keep that in mind as he rocks the boat. He won't get what he wants by swapping people off the field. 

Fans are not booing the players on the field so much as the man who put them there.

As for the thought about a special teams coach running the whole team, recall that Marv Levy was George Allen's special teams coach. Levy had a pretty good career.