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Theismann says Zorn isn't under the gun

As rumors persist that either Mike Shanahan or Mike Holmgren are poised to become the next coach of the Redskins barring a tremendous showing from the team in 2009, former D.C. quarterback Joe Theismann disputes the notion that current coach Jim Zorn is on the hot seat.

I totally disagree with this being a make-or-break year for Jim,” Theismann told Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post.  “It’s
the second year in the system, it’s the second year as the head coach,
it’s the second year as the offensive coordinator.”

Though Theismann’s take could be brushed off as shilling for a franchise that employs him to work televised preseason games and that, through a commonly-owned radio station, has hired him to appear on the air the day after Redskins games, the former ESPN analyst pulled no punches regarding the potential impact of the 2009 season on Executive V.P. of Football Operations Vinny Cerrato.

“Let’s face it, depending on how Fred Davis, Malcolm Kelly, Devin Thomas and Chad Rinehart do will tell you what kind of job Vinny did as a G.M.,” Theismann said.  “This is an incredibly important year for him.”

In our view, however, this reality only amplifies the pressure that will be placed on Zorn.  If the team stinks, Cerrato won’t be telling owner Daniel Snyder that it’s happening because Cerrato has done a bad job of compiling talent — Cerrato will directly or indirectly blame it on coaching.

So if one or the other is going to be in danger of getting fired, we’ll put our money on the guy who has had Snyder’s ear for a number of years.

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31 Responses to “Theismann says Zorn isn't under the gun”
  1. Gweez says: Aug 12, 2009 9:29 AM

    Uhhg, as a Skins fan any article with Joe Theeeeeesman, Danny and his racketball partner makes me want to vomit. I’m just hoping a nicer guy comes along (say Satan, Osama Bin Laden or the likes) and buys Danny out.

  2. Sociofan says: Aug 12, 2009 9:29 AM

    Yep. And everyone was convinced that Vick was heading to Washington. And that Zorn was finished after last season.
    I know you run a rumor mill here Mike, but I’m going with Joe on this one. Zorn brings an energy to this team that it has not seen in some years. The Danny is not stupid, just impatient. As long as the team continues moving forward, it belongs to Zorn.

  3. EdReed4prez says: Aug 12, 2009 9:31 AM

    redskins go 8-8, zorn gets canned, dungy gets hired, vick is quarterback next year.

  4. ASS-MAN says: Aug 12, 2009 9:37 AM

    Alright, this is irrelevant to this post, but then again, this post is irrelevant to the game of football.
    Anyway, what are everyone’s primary team that they route for. I’m trying to get an idea of who my enemies/allies are… haha
    I’m a Philadelphia Eagles Fan by the way.

  5. FLORIO_IS_A_SELLOUT says: Aug 12, 2009 9:38 AM

    I just have to laugh out loud whenever I hear Theismann, Vinny Cerrato, or Daniel Snyder’s name mentioned. Please keep Cerrato in D.C as long as possible. Vinny Cerrato is the poster boy for ineptness and is, and has been, a complete laughing stock for 5 years now. And unless the Skins WIN a playoff game, Zorn is obviously done. Man, the Skins are a joke.

  6. mustbechris says: Aug 12, 2009 9:40 AM

    “# EdReed4prez says: August 12, 2009 9:31 AM
    redskins go 8-8, zorn gets canned, dungy gets hired, vick is quarterback next year.”
    Luckily, everything in that comment will be false except for the first point. And that’s not even because the Redskins are that bad of a team right now. It’s just because the Giants and the Eagles are gonna chump them up all season. The Redskins might be better than Dallas at this point, but neither of them will make the playoffs.

  7. zygi milf says: Aug 12, 2009 9:40 AM

    The great mind of Theissman. Zorn will be the first fired this year.

  8. Pack_Attack says: Aug 12, 2009 9:43 AM

    Will Farrel could play Theeesgirl in the movie. (whatever movie , I dont know)
    To quote Nicholson-“Nobody cares what you think”

  9. smiley says: Aug 12, 2009 9:51 AM

    I’m with Joe on this one…..patience my friends..patience. Hail!

  10. john baker says: Aug 12, 2009 10:01 AM

    I thought Joe Theismann was dead. Or was that Terry Bradshaw?

  11. RedskinPete says: Aug 12, 2009 10:09 AM

    I’m glad we lost our last game to 49ers last season & ended up 8-8, if we would have won, zorn would of had a winning season(9-7) as a rookie head coach. let’s not forget he took over a playoff team and made us a middle of the pack team, so hell ya, he and campbell are on the hot seat. lets get it together skins hail

  12. isonic1 says: Aug 12, 2009 10:13 AM

    # mustbechris says: August 12, 2009 9:40 AM
    “# EdReed4prez says: August 12, 2009 9:31 AM
    redskins go 8-8, zorn gets canned, dungy gets hired, vick is quarterback next year.”
    Luckily, everything in that comment will be false except for the first point. And that’s not even because the Redskins are that bad of a team right now. It’s just because the Giants and the Eagles are gonna chump them up all season. The Redskins might be better than Dallas at this point, but neither of them will make the playoffs.
    I love how all these Eagle and Giant fans assume they will automatically beat the skins by default. I believe the skins have beat the Eagles 3 out of last 4 games (including a sweep last year) and usually split with the Giants each year (except last). It will be as competitive as it has been. The skins could go either way this year and I wouldn’t count them out. That defense is looking pretty beast!

  13. orange crush says: Aug 12, 2009 10:23 AM


  14. DCViking says: Aug 12, 2009 10:25 AM

    If I were Zorn, I’d hope the ‘Skins get off to a fast start this year, or that the housing market continues to recover quickly….

  15. RIP__21 says: Aug 12, 2009 10:29 AM

    Theismann is wrong as usual. Anyone who has followed this team knows that Zorn is likely toast unless he somehow reaches the divisional round of the postseason.
    The Synder circus rolls on. Gibbs is the only reason the franchise hasnt suffered a complete failure under his ownership.
    Skins will finish 8-8. Zorn will be canned. Synder will go after Cowher, Shanahan, or Holmgren in that order. He will also trade up to get Colt McCoy or Sam Bradford. And the medicority will roll on…

  16. Gweez says: Aug 12, 2009 10:29 AM

    Dungy already said he didn’t take a break he’s retired.
    If will be Shanahan or Holmgren if Zorn is fired. Eagles are getting hit by the injury bug. Skins have a chance this year but as usual in the NFC Beast you never know who will be first and who will be last.

  17. VoxVeritas says: Aug 12, 2009 10:54 AM

    “The Redskins might be better than Dallas at this point”
    “That defense is looking pretty beast!”
    Yeah, but football season starts next month, not this month.

  18. KILLER FIN says: Aug 12, 2009 11:05 AM

    Mike Shannahan will REPLACE Wade Phillips…AGAIN!!! Holmgren out 1 more year back in 2011!!! You heard it here 1st!!!

  19. bake says: Aug 12, 2009 11:06 AM

    Zorn is doing ok, and should stay. just like Marty Schottenheimer, he’s building for the future. Therefore, all will be well, and Snyder won’t do anything stupid or disruptive. Right???????

  20. Peter Castellano says: Aug 12, 2009 11:37 AM

    Any one that is a Giant fan loves Danny Boy. He spends oodles of $$$ on losers leaving them with good starters and zero depth. It is safe to say the Skins pose no threat to the Giants goals of winning the Division again this tear. Having won six out of the last 8 games, the Deadskins appear to be cellar dwellars once again.

  21. Michael LaRocca says: Aug 12, 2009 11:38 AM

    Rest easy, Jim Zorn. Norman Einstein’s got your back.

  22. ravenmike says: Aug 12, 2009 11:58 AM

    Redskin go 8-8 Zorn is caned and finally Dan Boy hires a coach….Brian Billick…Danny will pay for the helicopter ride from the eastern shore everyday…..just the same way he did for Marvin Lewis

  23. golongboyee says: Aug 12, 2009 12:02 PM

    wishful thinking on everyone’s part thinking the Skins will be 8-8. This year is going to be ugly for this sad franchise………i see more like 4-12.

  24. KILLER FIN says: Aug 12, 2009 12:18 PM

    Mike Shannahan to replace Wade Phillips, AGAIN!!! Holmgren not back till 2011!!! Y’all heard it here first!!!

  25. KILLER FIN says: Aug 12, 2009 12:48 PM

    I like the idea of Cower in Washington UNLESS Fox gets fired from Carolina!!! then Cower to Carolina!!! another FIRST!!!

  26. smiley says: Aug 12, 2009 12:51 PM

    Skins make the playoffs this year.

  27. Loan Shark says: Aug 12, 2009 1:55 PM

    I’m with Joe T on this one – Cerrato has to be held accountable for this, and should have been canned 3 yrs ago.
    As for the NFC East – The Eagles are done.

  28. Real Football Fan says: Aug 12, 2009 2:27 PM

    You mean it’s a make or break year for that same Vinny Cerrato who Daniel Snyder said was important for his last coaching hire (Zorn) to get along with, which was why Greg Williams was fired and Jim FAssel was left at the altar.
    Okay sure, Joe. maybe we need to bring back the Joey Sunshine nickname.

  29. Jackal138 says: Aug 12, 2009 9:51 PM

    “As for the NFC East – The Eagles are done.”
    Done letting a cupcake team like the Skins eke out wins against them, you mean. See you in Florida in February! The Redskins will be watching it on TV, the Eagles will be watching it live.

  30. tomko6 says: Aug 13, 2009 6:29 AM

    wow you guys are all ass clowns!!! Giants have no recievers dallas is mediocre at best the eagles have mcnabb and the redskins are loaded!!All you haters assume everything snyder does is a joke.How about the portis trade or dumping that loser coles for santana!! Stubblefield and wilkinson was so long ago and you guys all know that if your team signed Haynesworth all you little bitches would be excited!!!! Look the skins D was 4th overall last year and with albert and orakpo it should be even not saying super bowl but far from a joke as you losers on here like to refer to the redskins.I mean really any idiot Giant fan from central jersey knows their team is doomed.Same goes for dallas fans,at least philly fans won some games last year and will again this year until donovan performs like donovan.HAIL

  31. SkinsFanInNebraska says: Aug 14, 2009 9:51 PM

    Divisional round? Why would that be a standard for Zorn to keep his job?
    If the Skins are competitive this year, say 10-6, but miss the playoffs due to a tiebreaker — nothing wrong with that. That’s progress over last year. Zorn should stay for the sake of continuity and building for the future.
    I think Theismann is right, for once. This season really is more on Cerrato than on Zorn.

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