Outgoing Coach Has His Say Without Any Words
Ask any Redskins fan what they think of Daniel Snyder. Ask Hall-of-Famer John Riggins, too.
We can't print those thoughts here, just like Washington "Head Coach" Jim Zorn chose to hold his tongue this week.
That didn't prevent Zorn from having his say. Instead of ranting on how bad an owner Snyder is, Zorn decided to humiliate him in front of the whole world.
There was no way the Redskins were going to beat the Giants last night. New York had their backs to the wall and Washington, although playing well, were just playing out the string for a lame duck coach.
Zorn decided to have a little fun for himself.
First, the Redskins chose to kickoff to the begin the game after winning the coin toss, a tactic that is almost unheard of in today’s offensive-friendly NFL. The Giants took possession, went on a nine-minute scoring drive and never looked back.
Then, with his team down 24-0 right before the half, Zorn decided to fake a FG and run a play called “the swinging gate”. The play entails having eight players line up on the left side of the field as receivers and the holder (punter Hunter Smith) must take the snap, elude three unblocked rushers and toss an alley-oop into the fray. Of course the play didn’t work, the pass was intercepted…..and, of course, Smith was plastered by the Giants’ rush.
There was no other reason to run this play other than to purposely embarrass the organization….
Lastly, Zorn brought back QB Jason Campbell in the third quarter after a shaken Campbell left the field before halftime. The Giants had been slamming him almost every snap.
Even though backup Todd Collins was looking sharp, Zorn re-inserted Campbell, who continued to take hits from the Giants. Zorn is on his way out the door, perhaps he wanted to stick it Campbell as well…….
ESPN originally focused on Snyder after each faux pas, but after awhile he went missing. The cameras shifted to new football czar Bruce Allen, who appeared to be chomping at the bit to rip this team apart and start anew.
Snyder has done it again.
Yes, he owns the NFL's most-valuable franchise, and yes, he's wasted another season with his meddling in areas in which he has no expertise.
Who would want to be the head coach of the Washington Redskins these days? Not too many. Bill Cowher wants no part of it. Mike Shanahan would consider it, but only if Snyder allows him unprecedented autonomy, which won't happen.
The Redskins ended up with Zorn because they could not land a veteran head man. He has always been considered a seat-warmer and now after two seasons of humiliation, emasculation and agita, he will be gone.
I'm not alone in saying I'm glad Zorn was able to get a few shots in on his way out the door.