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The Legend wrote:
if WCF had ever hired Parcells in his numerous opporunities to do so he couldve instantly catapulted into the top 5 nfl owners. he s willing to spend on players, he allows quite a bit of autonomy to his GM/coaches, he provides top notch facilities and provides stability (ie team unlikely to be sold, will always stay in family)


Very true, but it is his ineptitude (like, say, not hiring Parcells, or hiring Millen) that makes him a bad owner.


October 31st, 2009, 3:14 am
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Hiring Millen doesnt make him a bad owner, just a risk taker.

Not firing him after 3-4 Years of terrible drafting and Inept coaching decisions does.

Extending his contract just makes him an old senile fool.

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October 31st, 2009, 6:27 am
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DJ-B wrote:
Hiring Millen doesnt make him a bad owner, just a risk taker.


All risks are not created equal. I think it's fair to expect a veteran owner to know when to take them and when to try something else.

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A lot of people loved the Millen hire. It was seen as a brilliant move.

Millen should've left when Mooch did, however.


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This comes as no surprise:
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Zorn fired after 12-20 stint By Adam Schefter

Jim Zorn has been fired as the head coach of the Washington Redskins, the team announced Monday morning.

The Redskins were 4-12 this season, capped by a 23-20 loss to the San Diego Chargers on Sunday. It was the team's worst record in 15 years. Zorn as 12-20 in two seasons as the Redskins head coach.

"The status quo is not acceptable," said Bruce Allen, Washington's new executive vice president and general manager, in a statement. "I felt it was necessary to not waste a moment of time to begin building this team into a winner."

Allen said Zorn was informed of the decision shortly after the team returned from San Diego.

Zorn left team headquarters with a security escort around 4:45 a.m. without commenting, according to The Washington Post.

The Redskins were expected to hold a press conference around noon ET to announce what had been speculated about and rumored on for months, ever since Washington lost to Detroit in Week 3. Zorn later was stripped of his play-calling responsibilities prior to a Oct. 26 game against Philadelphia.

One Redskins player said the team has called a team meeting for 11:30 a.m. Monday, at which time the players are expected to be debriefed about what happened with Zorn and what direction this team will go. With Zorn out of the picture, the focus will shift to whether Redskins owner Daniel Snyder can do enough to lure former Broncos coach Mike Shanahan to Washington.

It is no secret that Snyder covets Shanahan. The two men have known each other since the late 1990s, when they attended the same Pro Bowl, stayed in the same Hawaiian hotel, and wound up having dinner together one night. Since then, the two men have remained in contact and have had a friendly relationship.

Shanahan would represent a higher-profile coach than Zorn, who was hired as the Redskins' offensive coordinator before promoting him to head coach before he had coached a game with the organization.

Zorn was peppered with questions after Washington lost its regular-season finale to San Diego. Asked about the reports that he would be fired Monday, Zorn responded: "I would not even comment on that. There are a lot of things, I'm sure, out there as far as stories. There already has been. So I get that. I'm working on our team meeting, our offseason schedule, and until I'm told that I'm on any other effort, I'm getting ready."

He also said: "I'm still reeling from this loss. Anything that I say about my future here would just be babbling along. I'm going to be forthright and ask and get things moving, but I certainly want to be the head coach here."

Zorn started 6-2 as a rookie head coach last season, but the team struggled down the stretch and finished 8-8.

This year's team has been hurt by numerous injuries, a lack of depth and off-the-field distractions, but also by an inability of Zorn's West Coast offense to consistently find the end zone.

Zorn appeared on the edge of being fired in October, when he was stripped of his offensive play-calling responsibilities after a loss to the Kansas City Chiefs dropped the Redskins to 2-4. Those responsibilities were given to consultant Sherman Lewis, who had been retired and was calling bingo games at a senior center and delivering Meals on Wheels two weeks earlier.

At the time, Zorn stopped short of saying he was given an ultimatum, but said he would comply with the request "because I want to stay here and win."

Days later, then-executive vice president of football operations Vinny Cerrato said Zorn would finish out the season. Cerrato abruptly resigned last month.

Zorn, formerly a quarterbacks coach with the Seattle Seahawks, joined the Redskins as an offensive coordinator in 2008. Two weeks later, he found himself the team's head coach after the team had interviewed coaching candidates for a month. He had never been a coordinator for an NFL team before the Redskins hired him and wasn't even on Snyder's list of candidates when Joe Gibbs retired at the end of the 2007 season.

Whoever follows Zorn will be the seventh coach hired by the Redskins since Snyder bought the team in 1999. Snyder has interviewed assistant coach Jerry Gray for the job, according to the Fritz Pollard Alliance, which monitors minority hiring in the NFL.

Gray's interview was an effort to comply with the Rooney Rule, which requires that teams to consider a minority candidate for the head-coaching position. With the Rooney Rule satisfied, the Redskins are free to act quickly to hire a replacement for Zorn.

"I don't know what to expect. Nobody does," Gray said after Sunday's game. "Bruce is going to evaluate everybody."

Asked if he would like the job, Gray said: "Well, if it's open and they call me, of course I do."

So how many more coaches are going to get the axe on "Black Monday"?

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Redskins fly Shanahan to DC

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=4795477

Thoughts? I think he is an outstanding coach and if anyone can pick the Redskins up it is surely him.

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January 4th, 2010, 7:26 pm
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Bugel decision could affect timing of Shanahan announcement
Posted by Gregg Rosenthal on January 5, 2010 11:32 AM ET
Mike Shanahan is expected to be announced as Redskins coach this week, but no one is sure when.

One story we mentioned over the weekend -- the possible retirement of offensive line coach Joe Bugel -- could have an impact on the timing, according to the Washington Post.

The Shanahan announcement, of course, depends on closing the deal. But the team may also plan something special for Bugel that could delay an introductory press conference to Wednesday or Thursday.

Either way, the paper points out that the Redskins would be well served to close the deal quickly before any surprise coaching vacancies pop up elsewhere and increase Shanahan's leverage

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Done deal Shannahan is the new coach. Congrates Redskins for finally getting one heck of a coach!

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=4799532

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I just hope Snyder doesn't break Shanahan too.


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Shanahan is a good HC but he wants more power than he is capable of handling. Like nearly every other HC that insisted on being the GM and/or having final personnel decisions he failed miserably. The HC should have significant input but their plate is too full to manage every aspect that goes into all the FA and draft decisions.

Which brings me to the question, do the Skins trade for Marshall? The Broncos have supposedly said they would consider a trade that included a 1st and 3rd round pick. I could see Washington looking to tarde back in the 1st round to gain an extra pick or two and then trading to get Marshall. Shanahan seemed pretty upbeat talking about Cambell leaving the question of whether he likes Bradford or Clausen at all. Neither one has a very big arm and that's all Shanahan has known while in Denver. Clausen has a good arm but I think he's going to find those windows close a lot faster in the NFL.


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sweetd20 wrote:
Shanahan is a good HC but he wants more power than he is capable of handling. Like nearly every other HC that insisted on being the GM and/or having final personnel decisions he failed miserably. The HC should have significant input but their plate is too full to manage every aspect that goes into all the FA and draft decisions.

Which brings me to the question, do the Skins trade for Marshall? The Broncos have supposedly said they would consider a trade that included a 1st and 3rd round pick. I could see Washington looking to tarde back in the 1st round to gain an extra pick or two and then trading to get Marshall. Shanahan seemed pretty upbeat talking about Cambell leaving the question of whether he likes Bradford or Clausen at all. Neither one has a very big arm and that's all Shanahan has known while in Denver. Clausen has a good arm but I think he's going to find those windows close a lot faster in the NFL.


That's all he's known in Denver? I don't consider Brian Griese to have a big arm, and one of the most successful seasons that Shanahan had in Denver was with Griese at the helm.


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I loved these 2 tweets from Bills Simmons of ESPN:

Congrats, Redskins fans. Any time you can give too much power & money to a 58-yr old coach/GM who was .500 from 2006-2008, you gotta do it.

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BTW, I love Shanahan The Coach. But his personnel "savvy" killed him in Denver post-Elway. And Wash gave him final say on FB decisions? Huh?

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