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Midseason Coach Swap

Is a team better off sticking with its head coach even if it plans to fire him after the season is over?

Posted by Emil Steiner on October 21, 2009 9:20 AM
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Meepo: The Redskins are turning a huge profit. Why would the Danny do anything different? Fire Cerrato? The only thing that will change is that F...

Meepo: The Redskins are turning a huge profit. Why would the Danny do anything different? Fire Cerrato? The only thing that will change is that F...

Post_It: In short yes -- keep Zorn. Long version - The skins have gone down hill since Snyder took over. This isn't fantasy football, Snyder. Let ...

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toastman Author Profile Page :

Jim Zorn is a deadman in cleats and he should be, the guys hardly even an assistant coach. And as an assistant coach he makes one heck of a quarterback. Game over and good riddance.

rightisright Author Profile Page :

Ha ha! The Redskins stink...and will continue to stink. It's so much fun to eavesdrop on all you Washington fans sob and blat!

bharn Author Profile Page :

I really think most of you fools don't know anything about sports, much less football. Zorn isn't the issue. If he was, then so was Shottenheimer, Gibbs, Turner, Spurrier...get the point? Zorn has the most upside potential of anyone in the Redskins organization. You get a real GM to fix the real problem: The players. You have to give any coach the opportunity to succeed. Zorn is not the problem. The problem is that the Redskins have not had great players since Danny came to town. At least not great players that weren't a year from retirement. All of the DRAMA should not be happening. All Danny had to do to look like a real owner and not a bush-league fool, was to fire Cerrato and bring in a GM that would immediately start assessing the team in order to make the right moves in the offseason. Keep Zorn. Don't be stupid.

blazerguy234 Author Profile Page :

WHY DOESN`T DANNY COACH..AND VINNY CAN BE THE OFFENSIVE(which he is) COORDINATOR.
I DOUBT ANY QUALIFIED COACH OR GM FOR THAT MATTER WOULD WORK FOR SNYDER. WELL MAYBE IF HE PAID SAY 10 MIL A YEAR.. FOR 5 YEARS...WITH A NO FIRE CLAUSE

jfwil Author Profile Page :

Dont you all know by now Danny is just like a little kid. The more you tell him what he should do the less likely he is to do it. With that said, Zorn will be here another 5 years. Just look at Vinny Cergottago.

hounddog1 Author Profile Page :

The answer to the direct question is yes.

However, in this case the problems facing the Redskins are not the head coaches fault. You hire someone to run your business but you give him employees incapable of performing. Then you think firing the manager is the solution?

If you're going to hire a head coach he deserves 4 years to prove his worth. Otherwise whoever did the hiring is the one that needs the axe.

I'd like to see what the Z offense can do with a good offensive line. Remember that? Where the quarterback isn't running for his life every other play? The one where the whole playbook can be utilized because assignments are accomplished?

Wallpass Author Profile Page :

Say it with me. Over and over. Snyder is the problem. Snyder is the problem. Synder is the problem. Get it you guys?

rvanags Author Profile Page :

Reason why Zorn is here in the first place is because everyone turned Napolean down........ it has been confirmed Shani has turned him down repeatedly. Your best bet is to fire Zorn, install bugges as interim head coach.... retain some order and start thinking and acting like next year. if that means sitting some vets, so be it. get these "investments" and throw them into the fire and develop them. This year is not salvageable!!!! they stunk against winless teams.. Now the Denver's, Saints and Eagles of the world come to town. Now they actually play Elite teams!!!!! With an uncapped year coming up... some of these guys are going to realize they may be handing in their playbook next year because they will be cut! This seems to be the only sensible solution which leads me to the most damaging part.... our mgt team is not sensible.... I jsut wasted two minutes of your time, Sorry!!!!

MillPond2 Author Profile Page :

The question is irrelevant. Zorn's influence and credibility with the players has been so seriously undermined by first, bringing in bingo caller Sherman Lewis as a babysitter, and secondly, by yanking offensive play calling responsibilities from him, that it doesn't matter whether he shows up or not. The result is a team in disarray.

Snyder and Cerrato might as well set up a cardboard cutout of Zorn on the sidelines for the rest of the season.

crazy000001 Author Profile Page :

Zorn has been played by the Snyder system

schmuckatelli Author Profile Page :

Clearly, some of you have already figured this out: Jim Zorn isn't the problem. In fact, although Vinny Cerato made numerous mistakes, he isn't the problem, either. Dan Snyder's the problem. The difficulty is: you can't fire the owner, can you? I maintain that the Redskins will remain a bumbling, error-prone enterprise on the field that makes money hand over fist as long as (a) Dan Snyder owns the team, and (b) he has a public gullible enough to buy it. This fish is rotting from the head.

jsousajr2000 Author Profile Page :

Dear Dan Snyder:

If you are as smart as you think you are, then utilize the successful strategy of imitation. Look around the league at the successful teams. Try employing their strategies for success. YOUR FORMULA FOR SUCCESS HAS NOT WORKED VERY WELL NOW HAS IT?

Meepo Author Profile Page :

The Redskins are turning a huge profit. Why would the Danny do anything different? Fire Cerrato?

The only thing that will change is that FedEx field will be empty as 400-pound, $100-million buffaloes hobble themselves for the season. Beyond that, nothing will change.

Meepo Author Profile Page :

The Redskins are turning a huge profit. Why would the Danny do anything different? Fire Cerrato?

The only thing that will change is that FedEx field will be empty as 400-pound, $100-million buffaloes hobble themselves for the season. Beyond that, nothing will change.

Post_It Author Profile Page :

In short yes -- keep Zorn. Long version - The skins have gone down hill since Snyder took over. This isn't fantasy football, Snyder. Let the people you hire run the team. You can't hire excellent coaches -- and you've had some of the best -- then tie their hands from the booth or front office. No coach will win, until they are given the power to do their job -- including selecting their coaching staff and having real input on hiring or letting go players. Ask yourself this question: Why is it that excellent coaches don't win under your leadership? Firing Zorn just means that another coach falls prey to the same scenario.

 
 
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