Daniel Snyder's Surprise: Jim Zorn Named Redskins' Coach

RealFootball365.comSenior Writer IFebruary 11, 2008

In a surprising move Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder has promoted recently hired offensive coordinator Jim Zorn to head coach, eschewing three other candidates—Jim Fassel, Steve Mariucci, and Ron Meeks.

Zorn, who coached quarterbacks in Seattle for the past seven years, was hired as offensive coordinator two weeks ago. 

To fill the head coach position, Snyder interviewed seven candidates, three of whom turned him down, including Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo.  Snyder then decided that Zorn would be the best choice.

"We knew of Jim's stellar offensive reputation, so we hired him as coordinator, but we also suspected he would be a strong candidate for head coach," Snyder told reporters Saturday. 

"After our first six-hour interview with him, I told Joe [former coach Joe Gibbs], 'This guy would make a terrific head coach.'  But we stayed true to our commitment to interview every candidate."

Even though Zorn has never been a coordinator, let alone a head coach, he has plenty of experience and has learned much from Seattle’s Mike Holmgren.  The question is whether or not he can get quarterback Jason Campbell to buy into the West Coast offense, which will be the seventh system Campbell will have learned since 2001. 

Snyder rejected his MO of hiring well-known coaches (Marty Schottenheimer, Steve Spurrier, Gibbs), but then again the owner seems never to have a real plan.  As a result his team remains inconsistent and enigmatic. 

One thing’s for sure, if Snyder doesn't let Zorn do it his way the Redskins will be looking for another coach in a couple of years.

Fantasy Football Impact: Until proven otherwise, the only Redskins offensive players worth a fantasy look are Clinton Portis and Chris Cooley.

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