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.