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Jim Zorn Fired After Two Seasons as Coach of Washington Redskins

SAN DIEGO - JANUARY 03:  Washington Redskins head coach Jim Zorn looks on from the sideline against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on January 3, 2010 in San Diego, California. The Chargers defeated the Redskins 23-20.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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Tim HealeyContributor IMay 31, 2016

Jim Zorn has been fired as the head coach of the Washington Redskins after compiling a 12-20 record in two years at the helm.

The Redskins finished 2009 with a 4-12 record—the worst record the team has had in 15 years. The move has been rumored for months, starting after Washington's 19-14 loss to the Detroit Lions in Week Three.

A month later, Zorn had his play-calling duties revoked before the team's 27-17 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.

Zorn got off to a good start as the Redskins' head coach in 2008, going 6-2 in his first eight games. But the team limped to an 8-8 finish.

Things didn't get any better in 2009, and after Sherman Lewis—who had been hired as a consultant—was given Zorn's play-calling duties in October, many thought Zorn would be given his walking papers then.

Fuel was added to the fire when Vinny Cerrato, who was then the Executive Vice President of Football Operations, said that Zorn would finish the season—Cerrato would later resign.

When Bruce Allen took over as executive vice president and general manager, many observers felt the firing of Zorn was inevitable, especially considering owner Dan Snyder's friendship with former Denver Broncos Head Coach Mike Shanahan.

With Zorn now drawing unemployment, expect the spotlight to be on Shanahan until he is either hired by the Redskins or another coach is picked.

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