Jim Zorn and Other Ex-Redskins Of The Week

Anthony Brown@SkinsHogHeavenCorrespondent IJanuary 4, 2010

SAN DIEGO - JANUARY 03:  Washington Redskins head coach Jim Zorn looks on from the sideline against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on January 3, 2010 in San Diego, California. The Chargers defeated the Redskins 23-20.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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Ex-Washington Redskins head coach Norv Turner led his San Diego Chargers team to a last minute win over the Washington Redskins led by ex-Redskins head coach Jim Zorn.

The Redskins fired Zorn upon their return to to Washington at 2:30 A.M. today after the team's 4-12 season. 

After the game, Turner accepted Zorn's congratulations for the win and was heard to say "There's no stigma to being a fired head coach, Jim. Hey look at me and Mike Shanahan."

Ex-Redskin quarterback and team insider Sonny Jurgensen said before the game that Zorn would be fired, Mike Shanahan hired and Jason Campbell retained with the team.

Bruce Allen, son of ex-Redskin head coach George Allen, will hold a press conterence at 12:30 P.M. today to discuss the coaching vacancy. Allen is meeting with the assistant coaches at 10:00 A.M. today. Most, if not all, of them will be named ex-Redskin assistant coach.

Ex-Redskins quarterback Mark Brunell completed 15 of 29 passes for 102 yards and one INT in the New Orleans Saints 23-10 loss to the Carolina Panthers.

Carolina running back Jonathan Stewart rushed for 125 yards on the Saints defense led by ex-Redskins defensive coordinator Gregg Williams.

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Williams is a top-notch coordinator, but it's easier to play defense with a lead; something Williams learned in Washington with Brunell at quarterback.

I'm hoping for a Chargers-Saints Super Bowl so that Redskins owner Daniel Snyder has to watch Turner and Williams make it to the big dance without him.

Ex-Redskin safety Ryan Clark intercepted a Tyler Thigpen pass on the two yard line to kill a Miami Dolphin drive with six minutes to go. Pittsburgh would go on to a 30-24 win over the Dolphins. 

The Redskins let Clark enter free agency in 2006 so that they could sign ex-Redskin safety Adam Archuleta to the highest paid contract for a safety. Arch has no stats for the 2009 season because he's out of football.  

I can't pin that blunder completely on Snyder. He had help from Williams and ex-Redskin team president Joe Gibbs. I hold Gibbs in high esteem as a man and coach. But coaching does not prepare one to be team president. Keep that thought in mind.

Ex-Redskin defensive end Jason Taylor ended the season with seven sacks, three forced fumbles and one INT. The Redskins rented Taylor for the 2008 season. He returned to Miami after refusing to play under the Skins soon to be ex-defensive coordinator Greg Blache for another season.

Taylor's move meant ex-Redskin executive vp Vinny Cerrato was partially correct when he traded for Taylor. Taylor did play for another two seasons, but not both for Washington. It seems Cerrato did not talk to Blache about how Taylor would be used in the Redskin defense. Blache did not want Taylor and did not adapt his schemes to take advantage of Taylor's abilities. That became clear to Taylor and it frustrated everyone. 

Soon to be ex-Redskin assistant coach Jerry Gray lost points with me. He's been disengenuous about his interview for the Skins head coach position. Can someone tell me why?

For the sake of his reputation and integrity, I hope Gray speaks up soon. Has he learned nothing from Tiger Wood's approach to dealing with controversy?

If this Shanahan thing doesn't work, I hope to write a story using the words "ex-Redskins" and "Daniel Snyder" in the same sentence. 

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