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Washington Redskins Hire Sherman Lewis: What's it Mean?

Adam HankinsCorrespondent IOctober 7, 2009

DETROIT- NOVEMBER 28:  Special assistance-offense coach Sherman Lewis of the Detroit Lions watches his team play the New England Patriots on November 28, 2002 at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan. The Patriots won 20-12. (Photo by Tom Pidgeon/Getty Images)

The latest news out of DC is the Redskins' hiring of Sherman Lewis. According to Vinnie Cerrato, he is being brought in as an "offensive consultant."

An offensive consultant? Isn't it Jim Zorn's main job to control the offense?

This latest hiring indicates that Cerrato and Snyder no longer have confidence in Zorn's ability to turn this offense around by his self. If they no longer believe he can do his job with this offense, what does that mean about his job security?

When I first read about this hiring, there were a couple of possibilities that came to my mind about its meaning.

First, and most obvious, is Snyder has probably already made up his mind about getting rid of Zorn at the end of the season.

Second, and much less obvious, is that Snyder may be making preparations for an interim coach to replace Zorn in the middle of the season.

The second possibility may be a long shot, but if the Redskins continue to struggle during the next four weeks, Snyder may hand the reigns to Lewis during the bye week. That would give Lewis (a West Coast offense expert) four weeks to learn the offense before the transition.

The hiring of Sherman Lewis may be the beginning of some major changes in DC.

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