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Matt Loede

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Dump Zorn, Keep Fisher


It's that time of the year for teams that are tanking it to start talking about coaching changes. Every season it happens as teams start to already start looking forward to the next season and it's the coach who always seem to end up on the hot seat. This season is no different. Teams such as the Titans, Redskins, Raiders, Bucs, Browns and Rams are struggling, and there's some talk about certain coaches cleaning out their desks.

In most cases, it's not a good idea to can a coach. It never seems to work, and even last season when Jim Haslett took over for the Rams, he won his first two games, only to then never win again. This season the hottest coaching talks seem to be around the Titans and Redskins. Jim Zorn is dead man walking in Washington, as he's already gotten his play calling duties taken away, and the team is totally inept on offense. In Tennessee, owner Bud Adams isn't rushing out to give Jeff Fisher a vote of confidence after the team was beaten 31-9 at home two weeks ago by the Colts, then 59-0 Sunday in New England.

So should these two get replaced? Zorn should. He's lost total control of the team (even if the players say otherwise), and now that he is getting things taken off his plate, soon he won't have a plate at all. Daniel Snyder reportedly wants Jon Gruden, and that's not a bad fit for a team that just never seems to play up to their level of talent.

As for Fisher, he's proven that he can rally a team, and for that, he should not be shown the door so easily. His team was just 13-3 a season ago, and they are simply not as good as that record, but again, he's been able to rally teams before, and that should not be forgotten so quickly. If the Titans end up sitting at 1-15 or 2-14, it's another story, but knowing Fisher, he'll get his troops at least 5-6 wins this season still.

By Matt Loede  |  October 21, 2009; 9:39 AM ET  | Category:  Coaching , Tennessee Titans , Washington Redskins Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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It's tough to take seriously any suggestions about how the Redskins should move forward when you seem to think they're "playing below their talent level". Actually..they're not. Ask anyone who knows football and must make their living by it: the Redskins are playing at EXACTLY their true talent level. They have the oldest line in the league, an offensive line that is in turmoil and decimated by injury, a "star" running back with a famously poor attitude and who has absolutely lost speed and vision, a quarterback who does not possess the game-time decision making necessary for the NFL, and small receivers who have simply never grown into marquis players. Add to that a defense which is good but is not converting turnovers into points (like the 2000 Ravens who decided to find ways to score when their offense couldn't). If you're a serious writer and truly know football, then you know the Redskins are not "underrated". They lack leadership, health, energy and a winning scheme. They're losing because they're a bad team. Nothing more..nothing less.

Posted by: ChesapeakeWolf | October 21, 2009 12:31 PM

At the heart of the mess in DC is an owner who is willing to spend tons of money to win, and watches it go out the door on losers. The Maryland Lottery ads urge us all, "play to win". Snyder "pays to win", and is losing. The reasons have already been hashed out by all the experts, media, former NFL players, coaches, anonymous GM's... so what?

Here is a weird take. Somehow, despite all the turmoil, we still see Snyder talking to Zorn, Zorn talking to the players, Cerrato talking to Zorn and very few really negative comments from anyone in the 'Skins org about anyone else in the 'Skins org... there seems to be an 'inside' game to all the recent drama. I don't see the animosity usually associated with such public disarray of a very public sports team. Most of the animosity is from fans and media people. I just don't see it in the 'Skins org, even from a coach who has good reason to hate what is going on.

I have a suspicion that if Danny and Vinny walked into the clubhouse after the Friday practice and simply talked to the team and coaches THEY brought to Washington, and held them accountable, and, most importantly, held themselves accountable, we might just see an upset this weekend. This 'skins team is a team that seems to respond to adversity and good opponents. And this team has beaten That team up the road, up I-95, at least once a year, since Gibbs was here.

The Eagles just got stomped in Oakland. I know, west coast flight, non-conference game, all that, but...

What happens if the Redskins beat the Eagles? What does it mean?

We all know what it means if they don't.

Posted by: jheyssel | October 22, 2009 1:48 AM

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