Several of you have asked whether Sunday’s abrupt departure of Redskins executive director of communication Zack Bolno was motivated by Saturday night’s verbal assault on coach Mike Shanahan by defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth.
Before we go any farther, we need to agree with the many voices who have offered up kind words regarding Bolno. He is a complete professional; Bolno reached out to a certain Internet hack once hired by the Redskins, simply to open up a line of communication. And Bolno always has been friendly and courteous and effective despite dealing for most of his time with the team in a blender of blunders he didn’t create.
That said, the timing was coincidental. Once Tony Wyllie was hired to replace long-time Daniel Snyder confidant and mouthpiece Karl Swanson, Bolno’s status became as tenuous as a head coach once a new G.M. arrives.
Besides, what could Bolno have done on Saturday night to prevent Haynesworth from coming unhinged? Though some organizations have protected star players with a propensity to piss and moan by ushering them out of the locker room before the media entered, trying to keep a cork in Haynesworth would serve only to make things worse.
In the end, the P.R. staff make chicken salad, successfully cutting Haynesworth off after only 86 seconds.
Either way, we’re confident Bolno would have been out with or without Haynesworth’s rant. And we’re equally confident he’ll land on his feet with another team soon.