Maybe we've got Mike Holmgren all wrong. What if he wasn't writing off Washington as his next coaching home, but instead was opening negotiations with the Redskins on working conditions?
Take a second look at Holmgren's statement Redskins unfair to Jim Zorn" target="_blank">criticizing the Redskins' treatment of head coach Jim Zorn and try to read between the lines.
Holmgren closed his discussion of the Redskins on ESPN Radio Chicago by saying:
"Jim Zorn is one of the nice people. I'm a nice guy, but I'm not that nice . Jim Zorn is really a nice man. What they did, I did not like it at all." (Emphasis mine.)
Now, here's what Holmgren might have meant:
If those clowns and their idiot lawyers try that [crap] on me when I'm in Washington, I will crush them.
I'm not yet sold on Holmgren, especially for anything more than head coach. He did not succeed in Seattle until the Seahawks made him give up his general manager role.
But Holmgren is not a man to be trifled with. It counts in his favor that he would dominate the football discussion in Redskin Park in ways that Zorn cannot.
That's something to think about.
Daniel Snyder may someday feel as bad for Zorn as he does for Redskin fans. By now it must have sunk in even to him the damage done by his October antics. Zorn is a member of Holmgren's large coaching family. He will find work as offensive coordinator or position coach somewhere in the Holmgren network next year.
A Holmgren disciple might view the Skins with reluctance after the treatment of their brother. And they might have second thoughts about running the West Coast Offense with Washington's talent after watching Zorn struggle.
What exactly would they do that Zorn hasn't tried? They will ask Zorn about that.
So, the Danny has some cleaning up to do. Yesterday's psuedo-sympathetic offering to fans was a half-step.
(Hey Danny, you feel sorry for someone when you were standing on the corner and witnessed an accident. You apologize to someone when you were behind the wheel and caused the wreck.)
Fixing the front office by naming a respected general manager with independence of action might entice Holmgren or Mike Shanahan to DC.
There's only a 33 percent chance of that happening, so I'm warming up to the idea of hiring consultants out of retirement.
Lets hire former New York Giants GM Ernie Accorsi for a few weeks this offseason to be another set of eyes for Vinny Cerrato.
We won't ask Accorsi to do much, just light duty work like evaluate players, clean up the salary cap, run the draft, and fix all the sacks and stuff.
What's good for the goose is sauce for the gander.