NFL's Week Three Bonehead of the Week

Josh McCainSenior Writer ISeptember 27, 2009

LANDOVER, MD - SEPTEMBER 20:  Head coach Jim Zorn of the Washington Redskins watches as his team runs out the clock against the St. Louis Rams during their game on September 20, 2009 at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland.  The Redskins defeated the Rams by a score of 9-7.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Good Sunday afternoon, loyal reader.  Normally I like to wait until Tuesday to post my NFL Bonehead of the Week award.  However, after watching probably the poorest coaching performance of my 26 years on this earth I feel that this week's winner won't be outdone.

That is right, the bonehead this week is Washington Redskins head coach Jim Zorn.

Last week, at home, he couldn't punch it in on 4th-and-goal, so what made him think he could do it on 4th-and-goal on the road on the first drive? That turnover on downs ultimately led to a 99-yard touchdown drive by the Detroit Lions.

The stupidity didn't stop there, no sir. 

On the very next drive the Lions had fourth down coming up but there was a flag.  Instead of forcing the long field goal Zorn took the penalty and gave the Lions one more chance.  Well with that one more chance Matt Stafford threw a strike for the first down.

Play calling didn't get much better from there. 

The offensive line was constantly beaten off the ball on runs and Clinton Portis wasn't getting anything.  Does Zorn mix it up?  Of course not because, in his second season now, Zorn has not figured out how to adjust.

Even an infant knows that if the square peg doesn't fit in the circle hole to try another hole.  Apparently Zorn didn't have that kind of upbringing.

In the final five minutes of the game the Redskins went no-huddle and drove down the field and scored a touchdown quite easily.  Hopefully Zorn saw this and thought to try what has worked for the Buffalo Bills and Indianapolis Colts this year.

I doubt that, however.  The first way to overcome a problem is to admit you have one.  If you listen to any of Zorn's press conferences and interviews this past week, you'd hear a man who talks like everything is going smoothly.

It's not going smoothly, coach. In fact I hesitate to refer to you as such, since by the time I actually publish this article you might not have a job.

And to put the cherry on top of the horrible coaching that is the Jim Zorn sundae, on the final drive is Marco Mitchell out there running routes?  No he's not.  The guy is 6'4" and over 200 pounds: Where is he?

And who is out there instead? Ladell Betts and Rock Cartwright. Why? 

You have no timeouts and need a touchdown and do you put the big bodies out there who can get up over the defenders? Not if you're Jim Zorn. You put out two shrimps who have less speed than Mitchell.

Honestly, loyal reader, I just don't get it. 

The Redskins look like a bottom of the barrel high school team.  They've got all of the talent in the world but can't do anything with it because they are so poorly coached.

I've never been one for firing a coach during the season, but you've got guys like Tony Dungy, Jon Gruden, Mike Shananhan, and Bill Cowher who don't have a team right now; why not hire one of them and that way the Redskins start from square one now instead of in the off season?

I'm just scratching my head.  I got to think that a 12-year-old kid using a playbook from the latest Madden could call a better game than Zorn.

Redskin nation you are in trouble. A team I had picked to go 10-6 is now looking like it'll have to fight to get four wins this season.  That could work out to the 'Skins' favor since plenty of talented quarterbacks will be in the draft next year.

Congratulations Jim Zorn, you are my NFL Bonehead of the Week!


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