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Archive: October 25, 2009 - October 31, 2009

Dick Vermeil as mentor?

A better decision by the Redskins management might have entailed hiring a former successful head coach known across the league as a senior statesman and teacher.

By Gen. Monty Meigs (Ret.) | October 30, 2009; 4:13 PM ET | Comments (0)

Replace Cerruto and Snyder

The fault lies not with Coach Zorn, but with Dan Snyder and Vince Cerruto for their draft and free-agency decisions. They are the managers who need to be replaced

By Michael Maccoby | October 28, 2009; 10:56 AM ET | Comments (0)

Crippling the coach

The problem was not with the decision to address a perceived shortcoming, which had to be done, but in crippling the coach's ability to lead effectively.

By Mickey Edwards | October 28, 2009; 10:53 AM ET | Comments (0)

Failure or its aftermath?

While Zorn's dismissal as play-caller technically throws his leadership into question, it does so no more than the atrophied offense he has put onto the field thus far.

By Coro Fellows | October 27, 2009; 1:26 PM ET | Comments (5)

Bad call

Having been stripped of some of authority as head coach, Jim Zorn will lose the ability to inspire success -- a quality the Redskins sorely need this season.

By Yash Gupta | October 27, 2009; 11:50 AM ET | Comments (11)

The untarnished hero

The public's fascination with Captain Sullenberger is attributable more to deep hunger for selfless heroes than a conscious concern with leadership.

By Gail S. Williams | October 27, 2009; 10:42 AM ET | Comments (0)

A private conversation

Had Dan Snyder wanted to keep Jim Zorn and not undermine his authority, the conversation and decision about his weaknesses would have taken place in private.

By Bob Schoultz | October 27, 2009; 6:43 AM ET | Comments (2)

Precursor to firing

When a single individual can bring in someone "to compensate for your weakness," you're not the leader.

By Slade Gorton | October 27, 2009; 6:10 AM ET | Comments (0)

Not an easy time to 'help'

When a leader is challenged by his own performance or when his leadership is being questioned from the outside is not an easy time to offer "help."

By Andy Stern | October 26, 2009; 4:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Consultants aren't leaders

When the outside consultant starts "calling the plays" for the team, the role has changed from "advisor" to "executive."

By Marshall Goldsmith | October 26, 2009; 3:03 PM ET | Comments (2)

A Shakespearean tragedy

Like Julius Caesar's Brutus, bad leaders who can't see -- and therefore compensate for -- their own weaknesses.

By Ken Adelman | October 26, 2009; 2:40 PM ET | Comments (2)

Will he get back up?

Coach Zorn has been undermined, and now the owner must hope the coach has the leadership competence to regroup and move the team forward.

By Ed O'Malley | October 26, 2009; 1:35 PM ET | Comments (2)

Only one captain

When the owners lose confidence in the leader, it does little good to take away his or her responsibilities and give them to a consultant.

By Bill George | October 26, 2009; 1:20 PM ET | Comments (0)

Snyder must go

The management of the Redskins, especially Dan Snyder, has failed to show leadership. Until Snyder goes, the Redskins will not have a chance to field an outstanding team.

By Pablo Eisenberg | October 26, 2009; 1:06 PM ET | Comments (104)

No surprises

If a leader like Jim Zorn has been around for a while, he should be informed of changes in his executive powers before the public is.

By Raju Narisetti | October 26, 2009; 12:56 PM ET | Comments (1)

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