Washington Redskins Rumors Abound, but Jim Zorn Is Here for the Year

Matthew Brown@mlb923Correspondent ISeptember 29, 2009

DETROIT, MI - SEPTEMBER 27: Head coach Jim Zorn of the Washington Redskins talks with players during a time out against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on September 27, 2009 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)

Redskins fans across the nation seem to have united under the banner of ousting Jim Zorn from the head coaching job and out of Washington all together. With Dan Snyder as the owner, the action to relieve Zorn of his duties is not out of the question.

It is, however, a stretch of the imagination these days.

Since attempting to revive the good ol' days by bring Joe Gibbs out of retirement, Snyder has been less meddlesome in his team duties. He still reels in the big names from free agency, like Albert Haynesworth this year and all-around blunder signings of Adam Archuleta and Brandon Lloyd.

But he isn't as prone to irrational firings these days, which bodes well for Zorn and only enrages fans.

It is highly unlikely that Zorn will lose his job in the beginning or middle of the season. There is far too much left to unfold with the rest of the season, but barring some miraculous turnaround in his or Blache's playcalling, the end of the season will be the end of his head coaching days in Washington.

For years Redskins fans have been calling for Snyder to keep his nose on the business end of things and let football minds run the team and it never happens. And the one time everyone wants Snyder to intervene, he decides against it.

Snyder has said himself that axing Norv Turner in the middle of the season so many years ago was one of the worst moves he ever made.

Not that Turner was lighting the league up, but it threw the team into chaos that has yet to subside some 10 years later.

A mature and wiser Snyder is turning out to be the fans' worst enemy. Even though it appears Zorn is safe for the time being, it hasn't stopped fans from speculating the next potential head coach.

Of course, fans are still wary about the likelihood of a Bill Cowher, Mike Shanahan, Mike Holmgren, or John Gruden taking control of team. Even with the noted change in Snyder's approach to team activities, it is unknown whether or not he will relinquish the personnel decisions to his next candidate.

That is the one caveat to coaching the Washington Redskins that will hold the franchise back as long as it stands. As head coach, it is understood that Snyder is going to have a say in every decision that affects the team.

If Snyder wants to win he will have to remove himself from personnel decisions beyond signing their paychecks. And even then he needs to be less generous to individuals that are brought on to the team.

Snyder has earned the right to run the team as he sees fit, but aside from Jerry Jones and Al Davis most owners in the NFL leave the football decisions to the football people.

You can be a fan of your team without feeling compelled to run it like a fantasy team.

Until further notice, Zorn is the head coach and will be calling the plays. Fans will once again have to sit through a sub-bar product on the field. Unless something is done to change the culture of the team it will be run by the prima donnas and paycheck players.

Whatever coach ends up with the job next season will have to put players in their place for the sake of the team or he will be run out of town on a rail like so many others before.


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