Redskins News: Jim Zorn Named Washington's Head Coach

Andrew KneelandSenior Writer IFebruary 9, 2008

The month-long soap opera finally ends.

After much speculation, the Washington Redskins will announce Sunday that they have hired former Seattle quarterback coach Jim Zorn as their new head coach.

This drama has had plenty of ups and downs: the firing of apparent front-runner Gregg Williams, Steve Spagnuolo's re-signing with the Giants, and, finally, owner Dan Snyder's promotion of Jim Zorn from offensive coordinator to head coach.

Washington had just hired Zorn to be the offensive coordinator on January 26, 2008.

There must be a record for the longest time as an assistant coach, but this has to be the shortest.

First, Zorn's immediate future seemed settled after he took a job with Seattle as their quarterbacks coach, but obviously Snyder thought differently.

Snyder used some unconventional methods while dealing with his team this off-season. He hired both offensive and defensive coordinators before hiring a head coach. When a head coach takes a job, they usually get to choose who fills both of these roles.

Now, Jim Zorn takes over a team that made the playoffs last year. He will need to convince the players of his abilities, many of whom have aired their preferrence for Gregg Williams as the successor to Joe Gibbs.

Zorn, it is reported, will most likely take a version of the West Coast offense with him across the country to Washington.