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skinsfan_nn 01-04-2010 05:49 AM

Zorn Fired
 
Posted at 5:20 AM ET, 01/ 4/2010

Per Redskin Insider [B]Redskins fire Zorn after 2 seasons[/B]

The Washington Redskins fired Coach Jim Zorn early Monday morning following a two-year stint that began with his surprising elevation from obscure quarterbacks coach and ended with a dismissal that seemed inevitable following the Redskins' disastrous four-win season.
Zorn's firing was reported by WRC and WUSA.
Zorn, 56, was fired shortly after the team returned from its trip to San Diego, where it lost the season finale 23-20 to finish 4-12, the team's worst record in 15 years. He finished his tumultuous tenure 12-20, and had one year left on his contract.
The Redskins could be preparing to name his replacement within hours after they announced his departure. In December, Washington forced out longtime front office executive Vinny Cerrato and announced the hiring of new general manager Bruce Allen within two hours, putting in motion the overhaul of the franchise's infrastructure after a 10-year period that featured just two playoff appearances.
Zorn arrived at Redskins Park ahead of the team buses at roughly 2:45 a.m. He was escorted to his car by team security some two hours later.
Former Denver and Oakland coach Mike Shanahan, who won two Super Bowls with Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway and the Broncos, has been the presumed hire for weeks. Several NFL sources have said over the past month that they believe Shanahan has long been the choice of Redskins owner Daniel M. Snyder, who now must hire his seventh head coach since he took control of the team in 1999.
The Redskins are already cleared to make a swift hire. The Fritz Pollard Alliance, which oversees the NFL's so-called "Rooney Rule" that requires teams to interview at least one minority candidate for head coaching and top-level front office positions, said last month that current secondary coach Jerry Gray, an African American, has already interviewed for Zorn's job. The alliance, therefore, believes the Redskins have complied with the rule, and no further interviews would be necessary.

Gtothearry 01-04-2010 06:17 AM

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Yep heard the news at 6am. So, long Zorn. I hope we stay away from drafting a Qb. Still predicting the skins as taking Bradford.

[B]There is also a report that there is a team meeting at 1030am with a news conference scheduled at 12pm. I wonder if the news will be about the firing of Zorn or the hiring of Shannahan? [/B]

Paintrain 01-04-2010 06:23 AM

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Next! I'd anticipate a 6pm presser introducing Shanahan.

53Fan 01-04-2010 06:25 AM

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I'm glad they didn't drag it out. It's better for all concerned this way. So long ZMan and good luck.

dgw090767 01-04-2010 06:40 AM

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Wow!!!! Who would have ever thought this would happen......hate to celebrate anyone that looses a job by firing, but good bye JZ. He should have never been hired as HC anyway. Hiring him as OC was even a stretch.

SolidSnake84 01-04-2010 06:54 AM

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I respect Jim Zorn as a classy guy, and a good man in the face of horrible circumstances.

But like i've said, we all realize now that he was in over his head...at most he should have been a QB Coach or something like that.

I wonder what kind of future he will have in the NFL....Good luck to Jim

Beemnseven 01-04-2010 07:08 AM

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...according to reports, (ESPN 980) he was getting off the bus, directed to his office, and fired two hours later. Security apparently escorted him out of the building.

SolidSnake84 01-04-2010 07:25 AM

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[quote=Beemnseven;649304]...according to reports, (ESPN 980) he was getting off the bus, directed to his office, and fired two hours later. Security apparently escorted him out of the building.[/quote]

Holy Cow...thats crazy. Security escorting him out! He must have made a scene or something maybe?? If not that just seems really disrespectful!

SmootSmack 01-04-2010 07:26 AM

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That had to be quite the plane ride back yesterday

Looks like Shanahan era can begin now...but I've been told not to discount Cowher quite yet. To which I say "Wow!"

SmootSmack 01-04-2010 07:29 AM

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[quote=SolidSnake84;649308]Holy Cow...thats crazy. Security escorting him out! He must have made a scene or something maybe?? If not that just seems really disrespectful![/quote]

That's reportedly inaccurate. Security didn't escort him out. But I wasn't there so I don't know.

SmootSmack 01-04-2010 07:45 AM

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Sigworthy quote from Bruce Allen-"The status quo is unacceptable"

Longtimefan 01-04-2010 08:10 AM

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A new era is about to begin.

CrackBack 01-04-2010 08:28 AM

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[quote=SolidSnake84;649308]Holy Cow...thats crazy. Security escorting him out! He must have made a scene or something maybe?? If not that just seems really disrespectful![/quote]

It policy when someone is fired to be escorted out.

Big C 01-04-2010 08:31 AM

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im glad this happened swiftly and wasnt dragged out. now, anticipation mounts for who is the successor. im hoping jerry gray, but hes the underdog.

SmootSmack 01-04-2010 08:36 AM

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Unconfirmed rumor that Shanahan will be arriving at Redskins Park this afternoon. Highly unconfirmed


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