Mike Shanahan To Replace Jim Zorn In Washington?

October 9, 2009 – 12:05 pm by Ryan Phillips

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It’s become fairly obvious that Washington’s Jim Zorn isn’t going to survive the season. Everyone has been speculating on who will replace the embattled Redskins head coach. Now we may have a few more clues.

Earlier this week the Redskins hired Sherman Lewis to act as an offensive consultant to help straighten out the team’s woes on that side of the ball. Lewis is a former offensive coordinator for the Packers (1992-99), Vikings (2000-01) and Lions (2003-04). When Zorn was asked how much he’d talked to Lewis before he was brought in, Zorn told the Washington Post, “Zero.”

Obviously if Zorn was in the team’s future plans, he would have been a part of any discussion of adding additional coaches to his staff. While Lewis won’t be taking anyone’s job, the move to bring him in shows a lack of confidence in the Zorn regime.

While that’s an interesting twist, the big news is that it looks increasingly likely that Mike Shanahan will be Zorn’s replacement. Rotund ESPN NFL insider, Len Pasquarelli is reporting that Shanahan and Redskins vice president for football operations, Vinny Cerrato, have a good relationship based on their time together with the San Francisco 49ers in the ’90s.

Cerrato wields considerable power in the Redskins front office, a fact that might scare away potential head coaching candidates. Shanahan would probably not share those reservations because of his previous relationship with Cerrato. Pasquarelli thinks the two might actually work well together.

The real question is whether or not Shanahan would want to work under Redskins owner Daniel Snyder. Frankly, if Snyder backed a Brinks truck onto Shanahan’s lawn, he’d probably have to take the deal. Snyder has never been shy about taking risks or spending money, so I don’t think that would be a problem.

While some have speculated that Mike Holmgren could be next in Washington, I seriously doubt it. Holmgren likes being in control of his roster or at least having input into personnel decisions. With Cerrato and Snyder in charge that ain’t gonna happen.

So what can Skins fans expect if, in fact, Shanahan is next in line? Be prepared for a winning pedigree, offensive consistency, emotionless press conferences and lots of illegal blocking from the offensive line. Also, be prepared for the rest of the league to hate you for the aforementioned illegal blocking from the offensive line.

Oh and don’t expect playoff success unless John Elway comes out of retirement.

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  1. 5 Responses to “Mike Shanahan To Replace Jim Zorn In Washington?”

  2. Shanny was best buddies with the guy in Denver. I can’t see this relationship working, epecially if the King Of the Needledicks, Cerrato, has any say in anything.

    By LR. on Oct 9, 2009

  3. i think the skins’ r horrible i wouldn’t let zorn coach my pop warner or flag football league team his play callin is awful no flea flickers with randall el’ no end & arounds no flash 2 catch the other team off guard no trick plays at all besides that fake field goal it probably wasn’t his call on that play his just 2 plain no fire & desire 2 get in the players face and challenge them the defense is terrible no bump and run not playin players right like orakpo just look lost always on the field the man is a pass rusher they need 2 play him like he played in college thats what made him successful “RUSHING THE PASSER” it’s hard 2 turn a dominant pass rusher in2 a weak or strong side linebacker he can plainly see that he can’t cover tight ends yet early in his career, prime example look what happen to lavar arrington 1 of the most dominant player in college for penn state did everything pass rush block punts, field goals did everything very exciting player, when he came to the redskins he played pretty good 1 of the top linebackers in the league but the team held him back even though he was hurt with injuries but still played well they didn’t let him do what made him so great in college. Y? sometimes u got 2 let great players do what they do take some chances cause some havoc and that’s exactly what lavar did in college. redskins have no eye for spotting talent since bobby beathard, they kinda lucked up by getting lavar but he was a no brainer coming out of college ray charles and steve wonder could have selected him by just listning to his penn state games on the radio.

    By l. williams on Oct 12, 2009

  4. THE SKINS NEED A COACH THAT’S PROVEN WHO’VE WON SOMETHING NOT A COORDNATOR OR ROOKIE COACH BECAUSE THEY HAVE A LOT OF OLDER PLAYERS THEY NEED 2 WIN NOW THAT’S Y GETTIN A COACH THAT WILL GET IN THERE FACE WHEN THEY PLAY CRAPPY LIKE COWHER, SHANAHAN, EVEN MAYBE A JON GRUDEN THOSE COACHES R PROVEN WINNERS AND WILL NOT TAKE ANY TRASH OR TALK BACK IF YOU DON’T PLAY WELL SIT DOWN UNTIL YOU DO BECAUSE THEY WILL FOUND SOMEONE ELSE THAT WILL (ON THE BENCH)

    By l. williams on Oct 12, 2009

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