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By Jodi Westrick  |  September 25, 2009; 5:45 PM ET  | Category:  Local Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Dannyboy wanted Spagnola initially to coach this team with perhaps Zorn added as offensive coordinator. Having no head coaching experience and entering the running of this team with no personel that he would take with him, Zorn inherited coaching staff members left over from Coach Gibbs tenure.

What Zorn was supposed to bring to this team was an opened up dynamic offense modeled much like that of the old 49'ers, and teams of Holgrem's ilk, but instead it is the same old run on 1st down, run on 2nd down, pitch it to Cooley on 3rd down and punt.

The absolute best thing that could happen to the Washington Redskins is if Dannyboy had an illness that would preclude him from running this team into the ground as he has been since he took over ownership.

I was a 51 year holder of the Redskins season tickets and this year I gave them up as I am tired of watching prices at the stadium go up while the quality of the product on the field continues to go down.

Good Riddance Dannyboy and Sock Puppet Lapdog Cerrato.

Posted by: Sideswiped | September 27, 2009 12:46 PM

The jury may still be out on Zorn, but with Campbell, I think his release is too sweeping and slow. Telegraphs his passes. It's not his fault, he's a 2nd string QB thrown into the fray stupidly by Joe Gibbs.

Posted by: leewifflestin | September 27, 2009 3:16 PM


Posted by: grace777 | September 27, 2009 3:54 PM

It's official, the Skins suck.

Posted by: acindc007 | September 27, 2009 4:21 PM

Fire everyone. Change the name. Bring in new ownership. Move the team back inside the district.

Posted by: cuebal | September 27, 2009 4:22 PM

worst moment in franchise history, they are going to lose this fan base.

Posted by: m1ke3i6 | September 27, 2009 4:24 PM

fire zorn today

Posted by: walterhook | September 27, 2009 4:32 PM

Zorn is struggling with a limited playbook because of the limited abilities of Campbell as quarterback. Jason is a nice guy and all of that, but he is not the quarterback Zorn needs if he want to keep his job. It's time for Campbell to see the bench or be traded, case closed. Like almost all previous quarterbacks who left the Redskins franchise, Campbell will probably play better on another team after his "training" as a Skins' Q-back.

Posted by: 1ocean | September 27, 2009 4:48 PM

Fire Zorn? Fire Campbell?

It's too bad the fans can't fire the owner!!!

Danny boy will keep running the franchise into the ground as long as he's making money off of it.

Is it too late to clone Jack Kent Cooke?

Posted by: callink1 | September 27, 2009 4:49 PM

Jim Zorn deserves some slack. Remember, Zorn never got to pick any of the assistant coaches. And he has little say in personnel matters. During the offseason, Vinnie Cerrato never addressed the problems with the offensive line. They've made several poor decisions with high draft picks the past few years.

Sure, Snyder will charge into Zorn's office and probably fire him tonight. Snyder will scream and yell, probably calling Zorn every foul word in the book. But what coach in his right mind is going to take this job? Frankly, with the current owner/personnel mess, no reputable coach is going to take this job.

Posted by: imterpsfan2 | September 27, 2009 5:23 PM

I voted "no" on this poll; not because I think he shouldn't be fired -he by all means should- but because it takes guts to fire a Head Coach and admit you were wrong.

Danny doesn't have the guts to do that nor does he have the humility to admit he made a mistake.

So even though he should, he won't.

Posted by: topwriter | September 27, 2009 5:25 PM

this moron would bench a hall of fame quarterback for calling an audible out of a stupid play on the goal line. he was mediocre at best as a nfl quarterback and not very good as a head coach. It is interesting that Seattle didn't even consider him to be its offensive coordinator when he was there; what does that tell you? Although, he does fit in with the current ownership and management of the redskins. After years as a season ticket holder,last year, I decided not to waste my money any more.

Posted by: Phillip258 | September 27, 2009 5:27 PM

I'm seriously not buying another Redskin anything until Snyder sells the team. Lets boycott !!!!

Posted by: michandbri | September 27, 2009 5:30 PM

This once proud franchise is a JOKE!! Danny boy do Redskin Fans a favor sell this *amn club NOW! No matter what this spoiled brat does this team does NOT win. You are a joke Snyder.

Posted by: jhtravers | September 27, 2009 5:54 PM

Owner needs to sell team to someone he has NO connection to and then the new owner needs to hire a GM to get things going. That person should be in charge of football operations. Not some off the cuff wannabe based on "affiliation" to the Debartolos and SF's franchise.

The muddiness of the decision making process from up top, tells you why others said no or made demands to losen Cerrato's grip. When Snyder and Cerrato saw that they couldn't hide it, they hired someone that couldn't SEE IT.

He knows now and he feels the heat for taking on too much. He's also VICTIMIZED by the personnel they decided to keep. I always wondered why so many middle of the road or LESS type players on their roster. Do they get more for betting against the team in VEGAS??

Posted by: ByRon12 | September 27, 2009 6:01 PM

I'm seriously not buying another Redskin anything until Snyder sells the team. Lets boycott !!!!
Posted by: michandbri | September 27, 2009 5:30 PM
Done and if we can, get a name like PIONEER or CAPITOLS

Posted by: ByRon12 | September 27, 2009 6:04 PM

Jason Campbell is not the future of the Redskins. Snyder knows nothing about running an NFL franchise any more than he knows anything about running an amusement park. The Redskins players are nothing more than a group of overpaid, doo-ragged thugs who know more about street crime than they do about football. The aged coaching staff that Zorn inherited is a throw-back from the 80's. The game and the players have long passed them by, just as they did on Gibbs. The only way this franchise will rise from the ashes is if Snyder sells it off. Right now it's nothing more than his $1 billion playtoy.

Posted by: dcborn1 | September 27, 2009 6:26 PM

C'mon folks, it was much worse in the 1960's. Now the 'Skins are merely mediocre. In the 60s they were a doormat.

Zorn et al. will come around as they mature. Just now it seems our lads have attitude problems and expect to lose. Even while they claim, but do not believe, they are highly talented.

Who knows, even Danny may learn a lesson as the season continues to collapse on him.

Posted by: AncientTerp | September 27, 2009 6:30 PM

As much as it seems enticing to want to replace Zorn with one of the likes of some very qualified coaches who are not working right now. It is not wise. It starts at the top with management. They are the ones who have to give those balloon sized paychecks to players who seem to think that if they make one or two good plays they have earned their paycheck. I don't think so. There needs to be a gut check and a accountability that the Skins organization has to it's fans. While you guy's are picking up checks and licking your wounds us loyal fans have to take all the ribbing and verbal abuse about our team. But real Skin fans manage to learn to deal with the bitter and the sweet. I have been a fan since i received my Bobby Mitchell number 49 for Christmas. So I have experienced some ups and a lotta downs through the years. But they are still my team no matter how much it hurts. I am usually okay by tuesday morning. Zorn is definitely on a one year tryout this year. As much as I respect Jason if the the team does not rally around him and make the playoffs he is gone to. My only hope right now is that these players will suck it up and play four quarters of football starting with blocking and tackling. Oh and by the way give the ball to Clinton and let him run and stop being so predictable.

Posted by: raystitt810 | September 27, 2009 6:41 PM

As all these comments have shown, Dan Snyder and his stooge Vinny Cerrato are the problems of the Redskins. Both lack simple commonsense and intellectual curiosity to make sane decisions. From the time he took over 11 years ago a majority owner, you could begin to count the number of dumb decisions they have made. Remember that his first action was to fire Norv Turner with a winning record and brought in all these "has-been" players like Dieon Sanders with millions of dollars paid and guaranteed.

Those that could stand up to Danny boy he does not hire nor retain. Thus he would rather hire Jim Zorn who never called an offensive play in the League before over Greg Williams who was an head coach of an NFL team and his assistant head coach defense who led the defense as one of the best in the League.

Perhaps the most stupid decision of this duo was the signing of Albert Haynesworth this past off season. Talk about a rich brat with no street sense. How in the world will you pay a defensive player that amount of money? This is not to take away the playing skill of Haynesworth. But just ponder over this, the guy gets paid more than the quarterback, more than the running back, more than the leader of the defensive corps, more than your top wide receiver and more than about ten other players on the team. What do you think that will do to the psyche of other players? I do not think they will be that committed to play. We are all human beings and we have feelings. Through three games, see what $100M player has become. He is spent! Just look at him after a sack of Stafford today, you could see he was not a player worth more than $40M with $5M guarantee. That is why the Titans will not pay him that kind of money. I hope and pray Albert does not have an heart failure on the field one of these days.

This has been the story since Snyder took over. No vision, no leadership, no finesse, no thought and no simple common sense. It is a shame!!!

Posted by: midas20874 | September 27, 2009 6:56 PM

If Zorn kicks the field goal on the opening drive, they could have won the game 20-19.

Posted by: FrancoNiell | September 27, 2009 8:11 PM

Are you kidding me! Zorn should of rode off on that damm bike he and Bush used to ride on Sunday mornings before this new season started. If Synder wasn't such a loser as an owner running the team like a fantasy league team we would not be in this situation now. Please some one scrape together the money to buy this team and get rid of the GM and a quarterback coach that couldn't even coach a high school team. It is only because of his contacts that he got this job. Synder was friends with that other bum Steve Largent and the conspiracy begins there.

Posted by: ellensamm | September 27, 2009 8:30 PM

I do not care for the Rskins. I don't worry about Zorn. Keep or fire; no diff to me. I'd rather worry about Afghanistan and the state of DC schools.
The players get too much dough no matter how well or badly they play. The joke is on us. And they don't represent Washington, DC. So who cares? And who cares about the owner, who is just a hardworking guy. I hope his wife continues to recover.

Posted by: axolotl | September 27, 2009 8:32 PM

It's not the players. They are all professional athletes that can do well with the right coaching and ownership. As fans, we need to boycott this team because of the management. They are the one's making the real money from a bad product and they don't need any more money from us saps--yes saps if we keep supporting this lame management. Sorry, I’m a lifelong ‘Skins fan too but tired of the lousy owner. This is going to sound out there I know, but I think it’s a curse from indigenous peoples because of the offensive name of the team.

Posted by: namelsac1 | September 27, 2009 8:47 PM

i wish i could say "hey fans, be strong, we've got 13 more to go." But, as James Blunt so succinctly put it, "it's time to face the truth." The 2009 - 2010 Redskins is as good or as bad as the 2008 - 2009 version, except one year older, one year slower, one year more complacent... Only one thing good about punting away the rest of the season, as a fan, 13 weeks without anxiety, disappointment, embarrassment, etc, etc....

Posted by: wty1113 | September 27, 2009 8:57 PM

Lifetime Skin's fan here, trying to understand how it got to this.

I try to be positive but when you watch this team it's really easy to understand the disfunction. Forget about the owner for a minute, starting w/ #2 guy Vinny and down the line where's the proven NFL knowledge.. nowhere.. we can'nt manage the players, game plan or adjust. We have a coach in name only who for a former qb seems to be lost at times, and don't get me started on time management.

But let's face it, the owner's not leaving, so what should we do?

Send Vinny and his flag football-boy scout staff home, send 89% of this disfunctional coaching staff packing, hire a Bill Parcells like old school NFLer who know's talent when they see it and lock Dan out of all Football decisions.

In other word's, it's going to be a long year......

Posted by: freeagentfan | September 27, 2009 8:59 PM

The redskins are as bad as they've been in my memory (going back to 1977) and it's only going to change with ownership. The Dan is as bad as Peter Angelos in Baltimore who seems to fell money will solve everything. it won't and the skins will be bad for a long time until they start to face reality.

Posted by: drumdominic | September 27, 2009 9:57 PM

When i watch a Redskins game and then watch a normal NFL game (Colts vs Cardinals for instance) I feel like I'm watching a High School matchup when I watch the Skins. What happened to actual play-making & fundamentals?!?!?!?!?!?!?

Posted by: drumdominic | September 27, 2009 9:59 PM

Good God! The Skins stink beyond belief. Good thing George Michael and the Redskins Report are off the air, even Sonny Jurgensen wouldn't pick this team to win...

Hopefully this is rock bottom and we can start to recover. Do you hear us Danny Boy? You Stink!!!!!!!

Posted by: drumdominic | September 27, 2009 10:02 PM

Fail to the Redskins!

Posted by: bug45 | September 27, 2009 10:58 PM

There are half a dozen quality coaches sitting behind microphones every Sunday. Don't try to tell me Snyder can't afford any one of them. Like a previous poster said, I, too am giving up my season tickets - in the family since the '50s. This team doesn't have the personality or charm (and talent?) some of the teams from the '70s and '80s, or even the '90s had - win or lose - that kept you loyal. It's just a paycheck...a 9-to-5 gig, and most will be down the road next season. Same with most teams, but this was MY team. Adios.

Posted by: ddnfla | September 28, 2009 5:27 AM

Snyder doesn't want a good coach - he wants someone he can bully and second guess. And a good coach wouldn't work for Snyder for that reason.

Sorry folks, we can't fire the owner. We're stuck with him until he sells, dies or runs the team into insolvency.

Posted by: bigbrother1 | September 28, 2009 11:09 AM

Another comment here pointed out how bad the Skins were in the 60's. Yes they were and they had Sonny Jurgenson, a Hall of Famer at QB who was breaking several records at the time. They had no line, no running game, no defense, just Sonny and 3 great receivers. Joe Gibbs won Super Bowls with Theismann, Doug Williams, and Mark Rypien, nary a H of Fer among them.

That said, the last time I was enthusiastic about my team was when Todd Collins got them to the playoffs two years ago. It was a whole different team, they were exciting because Collins reacts so quickly to the field. Jason Campbell may be a late bloomer at QB, but he's not doing a lot at this point. But the line is porous and yesterday the defensive backfield was a mess and Zorn's playcalling is very poor. I feel that overall, Zorn is the problem. I won't go into Snyder. I dislike him immensely. He's arrogant, self-absorbed and he treats my team like his own personal toy. Look at the Ravens. Now that's an NFL organization.

Posted by: curtb | September 28, 2009 12:13 PM

PLEASE tell Greg Blache to stop making excuses as to why the defense cant stop teams from going up and down the field. His post game comments were a joke in giving the Lions credit for doing weel against other teams and the Redskins. He was out coached and he needs to man up and say so. Thank goodness cause he wont be around next hear after this dismal year.

Posted by: MDZ28driver | September 28, 2009 12:19 PM

Well Redskins fans there will be a fire sale on Redskins tickets so that Cowboy, Eagle and Giant fans can come to the stadium and berate us like they do every year becuase of this joke of a team and coaching staff. Once again Synder shows he cant select talent or a head coach. PLEASE for the love of all Redskin fans SELL THE TEAM Snyder!!!

Posted by: MDZ28driver | September 28, 2009 12:25 PM

Fire Zorn? Why? Is it realistic to think another coach would be able to come in and turn this team around to where it could get to the playoffs this year? Has that ever worked out well in the NFL? Honestly I don't know, but I'd doubt it.

I think that if you fire him after week 3, you're essentially giving up on the rest of the season. If that's the case, why fire him? You've already given up on the rest of the season.

I think you go to week 10 or 12. Assess were the team is and where it is going. Then you decide if you're going to fire him or not - at the end of the season. If you are, then you start recruiting a new coach to take over in December.

'skins, 6-10. Maybe.

Posted by: MDLaxer | September 28, 2009 1:19 PM

It seems some people cannot think back past the current season. You said the same thing about the last coach and the one before that, "fire Him". We also have different players, but they all perform the same way each year. A change of coaching is not the best answer. It's an organization issue. Snyder is a business man and businesses try to make as much money as possible. He's batting 100% in this area, but the team performance has always suffered. There's a fine line between profit maximization and building a team that's ready to compete every week. Persoanlly, I wish them well, but I've moved on.

Posted by: bestowens | October 1, 2009 2:43 PM

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