It’s Been DC Or Bust ……………….. But In Reality It Was Always Going To Be A Complete Bust …… !

It’s Been DC Or Bust ……………….. But In Reality It Was Always Going To Be A Complete Bust …… !

You’d have thought with a coaching pedigree acquired over the course of his career a two time winning Superbowl coach such as Mike Shanahan would prove to be decisive ? But what’s now happening with the Washington Redskins now under his reign is proving to be not only embarrassing to his immediate legacy but also to the tenure of owner Daniel Snyder . Consider this, that since the end of the second tenure of their former Hall of Fame coach Joe Gibbs the Redskins have been a complete mess . With their season now in a complete tailspin the organization are now at a point where it seems that Shanahan feels that it’s best to bench the team’s starting quarterback Donovan McNabb in favor of his backup Rex Grossman . And if Grossman’s reintroduction proves to be unsuccessful then it’s left to John Beck . From thereon in who the hell cares because as by then one seriously doubts that there’ll be a Redskins’ fan out there interested in this team !

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The coach in a public statement given at the team’s headquarters in Ashburn , Virginia , Shanahan stated that he’d like to see what Grossman and third string starter John Beck has to offer the team over ‘the final three games’ of the season. If that wasn’t enough to contend with the team still has to deal with the wayward and unrepentant Albert Haynesworth and his less than productive season . The player has been benched , suspended for the remainder of the season and fined for conduct detrimental to the team. Haynesworth , however has lodged a formal complaint with NFLPA with the intent of fighting the fine. And given the details and action taken by Shanahan and his coaching staff in coming to the decision there’s a chance that the suspension could very well be rescinded by an arbitrator.

Granted at 5-8 there’s little else to suggest that the Redskins have much to fight for beyond their pride . With a season of expectation from the hiring of Mike Shanahan , his son Kyle , coaching staff and Bruce Allen as the team’s general manager it’s pretty much now safe to say that those expectations have fallen completely flat. There’s been little to suggest that the Redskins were capable of contending in the NFC East and against the division’s incumbents the Dallas Cowboys , New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles . As we all know the Cowboys’ season has faltered and with owner Jerry Jones having since fired Wade Phillips with his interim successor Jason Garrett assuming the position the Cowboys are now gauging Garrett’s tenure with a view to making the position permanent. The Eagles and Giants will meet this weekend in a game that has divisional implications as they both fight to gain a playoff berth with the winner being in the driver’s seat with regard to winning the division.

The comedic nature of what’s been happening with the Redskins doesn’t seem to have gone unnoticed with the nation’s press and furthermore the fans in the nation’s capital have to be wondering what the hell is going on ? Fedex Field in Landover, Maryland still is awash with fans for the Redskins’ home games. But that in ofitself can’t counter Shanahan’s gross mismanagement of the team and the antics we have all witnessed this season. It’s now twice that Shanahan has benched McNabb this season and what might be even more unbelievable has been the fact that the organization signed veteran quarterback to a five year $72 million deal of which $45 million was guaranteed money. That being said with the way the deal was constructed the organization does have a $3.5 million buyout clause which it appears they will actually use in releasing Donovan McNabb at the end of season. Now it’s hard to say what the future holds for McNabb given the fact this has been the most unproductive season of his veteran career. It seems improbable that there’ll be a team willing to take a chance on McNabb but no doubt given the fact that there’ll be a number of teams out there looking for some time of veteran leadership if only as a tutor to a young rookie. Something of disastrous downfall for a player who has led his former team the Philadelphia Eagles to four NFC Championship games and a Superbowl (SBXXXIX ) appearance. The saying most associated with McNabb and Eagles’ coach Andy Reid ………. “always the bridesmaid never the bride” .

Once again for Daniel Snyder it comes to a situation where he’s overpaying for talent that in reality has been something of an immense failure. From my own perspective it appears that the game has left Mike Shanahan behind and his abilities as a coach has to now come into question. Consider this, while in final years as coach of the Denver Broncos having relieved then quarterback Jake Plummer in favor of their then first round draft pick (2006) Jay Cutler the Broncos never made the playoffs and the coach’s record over that period has been a meager 22-28 including his tenure this season with the Washington Redskins . One could say that much of that malaise came down to the fact that the Broncos talent wise has been a mess and that’s most certainly been the case given what we have all witnessed this season with the team under Shanahan’s successor Josh McDaniels who has since been fired by team owner Pat Bowlen . McDaniels has been succeeded by Eric Studesville as the interim head coach and as of now the Broncos’ season still remains in an abyss .

With the regular season about to come to an end it appears that Shanahan now believes this latest maneuver to be his best option. But it’s becoming abundantly clear that Shanahan has no belief in either Haynesworth which given the present circumstances is understandable. In the case of McNabb it’s hard to see what he was trying to achieve much less do in acquiring the player to begin with as there were always risks. Fundamentally the team wasn’t that sound to begin with on either side of the ball and it’s clear that Shanahan and his coaching staff have failed to address those issues straight off the bat. Kyle Shanahan who has been given the role as the team’s offensive coordinator has produced nothing that would indicate that the Redskins offensively were good enough to compete within its own division much less the conference and the NFL as a whole. The team’s productivity can be best described as being anemic in terms of its offense. And defensively it certainly leaves a great deal to be desired . Injuries asides the Redskins simply aren’t a cohesive unit and they lack leadership both on and off the field of play.

Now with the upcoming NFL Draft it’s clear that the Washington Redskins feel that their greatest need will be a quarterback . And with the likes of Andrew Luck , Kellen Moore , Cameron Newton , Colin Kapernick amongst those who may well declare themselves eligible for the NFL it will be interesting to see the steps taken by Shanahan and his staff. And given the money that Dan Snyder has been known to have spent over the years could it be that we’re about to see another maelstrom and inane stupidity by the Redskins ? The ongoing troubles with the the organization isn’t just about the talent but also the mindset of Shanahan as a coach and whether or not the game has really passed him by. I believe that to be the case but in reality Snyder and the front office clearly believe otherwise and it’s clear that the ongoing problems there in Washington has nothing short of being a bust and it will continue to be that way for the foreseeable future !.

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Where do you see things going for the Redskins and what of the future of Donovan McNabb and where do you as such see him ending up if indeed he still has a future in the NFL ?

NB: This piece was completed prior to Sunday’s scheduled game against the Dallas Cowboys .

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The Rooney Rule ………..

The Rooney Rule

Commendable as it appears to be, I now have to wonder whether or not the intentions behind this all, is well worth it. Named after famed Pittsburgh Steelers’ owner Dan Rooney. The so called ‘Rooney Rule’s‘ intent was set to see that minorities are given the chance to interview for vacant head coach’s positions within the NFL. And considering that the very first minority to be a coach in the NFL was Frederick Douglas ‘Fritz’ Pollard in the 1920’s. One has to wonder why it was necessary to have this rule installed as mandate for all teams within the NFL. But it was apparent that with the racial tone of the league, minorities weren’t being afforded the chance of advancement from beyond the playing field and unto the sidelines as coaches, much less the chance of becoming an owner at the league’s inception.

Frederick Douglas 'Fritz'  Pollard , the  first minority  coach  of an  NFL  team.   Pollard is an  inductee  in  the  NFL  Football  Hall  of  Fame.
Frederick Douglas 'Fritz' Pollard , the first minority coach of an NFL team. Pollard is an inductee in the NFL Football Hall of Fame.


Minorities now make up 72% of the player personnel within the NFL and it appears to be generally acceptable within the league and to the fans. But how is it that the NFL while mandating for such a role, has essentially done little if anything to try and bring in a minority owner within its ranks ? By all accounts the lone occasion this attempted maneuver was made , due diligence was not taken by the league’s panel in their investigations. An an attempt was made by what we were informed was a prominent African American businessman , Reggie Fowler who was financially solvent. His attempt to purchase the Minnesota Vikings was met with a great deal of derision and skepticism. And it certainly didn’t help that this individual had the financial means but it was said could not provide the league with enough financial details for them to ensure that his ownership bid could be granted to become the league’s first and only prominent minority owner of an NFL franchise. In the end Fowler would become part of a consortium led by German businessman, Zygi Wilf, as the owner of the franchise. Wilf would become the principal partner in the ownership group of the Minnesota Vikings with a 60% stake in the organization. Fowler has a 20 % stake in the franchise, with the remaining 20 % split amongst the remaining partners of this limited partnership group. An owner in part but not a majority stake owner that would clarify the term “prominent ethnic owner” of an NFL franchise. While some facts are disputed as to Fowler’s supposed wealth , it appears from the outset that certain maneuvers were in place to deny him the success in an attempt to purchase the team, originally. As to who was behind this all , we will in fact never know. Suffice to say , that the image of the NFL was somewhat tarnished by the episode.

Ashburn, Va,. January 4th 2010. Washington Redskins General Manager Bruce Allen leaves after holding a press conference on the dismissal of Head Coach Jim Zorn at Redskins Park January 4, 2010 in Ashburn, Virginia. During the press conference Allen said, "Last place 2 years in a row is not Redskin football."  picture appeara courtesy of  Getty Images/  Win McNamee  .......

Washington Redskins’ General Manager Bruce Allen leaves after holding a press conference on the dismissal of Jim Zorn as Head Coach of the team. The press conference was held at Redskins’ Park the team’s headquarters and practice facility in Ashburn , Va, on 4th January 2010. picture appears courtesy of Getty Images/ Win McNamee ….

It wasn’t as if this investor was Robert L. ‘Bob’ Johnson, founder of BET and the prominent African American billionaire media mogul or famed NBA legend Magic Johnson. The latter of whom has branched out to become a commercial real estate mogul and business entrepreneur, with a believed estimated net worth approaching $750million. It appears that the NFL despite its image of being a charismatic and an all welcoming league.But as of yet the one vestige in showing the fans that minorities have finally arrived in terms of a majority ownership of a franchise, has yet to materialize or be realized.

San Diego, Ca,. January 3rd 2010. Kris Dielman (#68), Dennis Norman (#64), and Nick Hardwick (#61) of the San Diego Chargers enter the field against the Washington Redskins during the Washington Redskins  v San Diego Chargers NFL Game on January 3, 2010 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. The Chargers won 23-20. picture appears  courtesy of Getty Images/ Doug Miraelle  .......
San Diego, Ca,. January 3rd 2010. Kris Dielman (#68), Dennis Norman (#64), and Nick Hardwick (#61) of the San Diego Chargers enter the field against the Washington Redskins during the Washington Redskins v San Diego Chargers NFL Game on January 3, 2010 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. The Chargers won 23-20. picture appears courtesy of Getty Images/ Doug Miraelle .......

Courtesy of Associated Press and Yahoo Sports

Redskins talking to coaches to replace fired Zorn

By Joseph White , AP Sports Writer

Ashburn, Va. (AP)—Jim Zorn was fired by the Washington Redskins early Monday, the first step in yet another team overhaul under owner Dan Snyder.

Zorn was informed of his dismissal shortly after the team returned to Redskins Park following Sunday’s season-ending 23-20 loss at San Diego.

“I just know that last place is not Redskins football,” general manager Bruce Allen said. “Last place two years in a row is not Redskins football.”

Zorn went 12-20 over two seasons, but he lost 18 of his past 24 games after a 6-2 start in 2008. The Redskins struggled early despite a weak schedule this season and finished 4-12, their worst record since 1994.

“No one in the organization is satisfied with our record over the last two years,” Snyder said in a statement released by the team, “and I am sure that Jim would concur with that statement. It has been painful for him, too. I certainly accept responsibility for mistakes that I have made. I am hopeful that our fans will accept my commitment and pledge to deliver a franchise that can compete in the NFC East every season.”

Zorn’s replacement will be Washington’s seventh coach since Snyder bought the team in 1999. Playing a role in the decision will be Allen, who was hired as the GM last month. Allen would not comment on former Denver Broncos coach Mike Shanahan, who is considered the favorite to get the job.

“We’re in the process of talking to people,” Allen said. “We have a good game plan of what we’re going to do.”

Neither Snyder nor Zorn were made available for comment.

Zorn’s dismissal had been expected for months. The front office stripped him of his play-calling duties in late October, and Snyder has interviewed assistant coach Jerry Gray for the job weeks ago, according to the Fritz Pollard Alliance, which monitors minority hiring in the NFL.

The new coach, Snyder and Allen will have a monumental task to rebuild a team with many roster deficiencies and major questions at offensive line, quarterback and running back.

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Washington Redskins head coach Jim Zorn looks on from the sideline against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on January 3, 2010 in San Diego, California. The Chargers defeated the Redskins 23-20.  picture appears courtesy of Getty Images/ Jeff Gross ............
Washington Redskins head coach Jim Zorn looks on from the sideline against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on January 3, 2010 in San Diego, California. The Chargers defeated the Redskins 23-20. picture appears courtesy of Getty Images/ Jeff Gross ............

The NBA and MLB seems to have done quite nicely for themselves, with minorities coveting and obtaining a ‘seat up at the big house’ at the dining table. Where the owners can feast upon the billions of dollars that annually finds its way into the NFL coffers. This might on the face of it appear to be racially insensitive and motivated. But I assure you, nothing could be further from the truth as I feel it only proper at this juncture to let you know that for in spite of its facade. The hierarchy of the NFL may well be the best organized , financially sound and ran of the four major sports in North America. And that at the end of the day is in essence what the NFL is all about. Any bye product from it all in terms of entertainment and plaudits from the fans, media and populace in general, is merely further proof of the game’s popularity.

Washington Redskins head coach Jim Zorn, left,  greeting team owner Dan Snyder before an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, in Landover, Md. Zorn was fired by the Washington Redskins early Monday, Jan. 4, 2009, the first step in yet another team overhaul / Nick Wass .....
Washington Redskins head coach Jim Zorn, left, greeting team owner Dan Snyder before an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, in Landover, Md. Zorn was fired by the Washington Redskins early Monday, Jan. 4, 2009, the first step in yet another team overhaul / Nick Wass .....

And while we’ve seen the success of Tony Dungy as the coach of the Indianapolis Colts, being the first African American NFL coach to win the Superbowl. And the ongoing success of his of successor, Jim Caldwell augurs well for the current situation. But other than Caldwell and Raheem Morris of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, there are no other African American coaches in the NFL. Furthermore, that situation is even hindered by the fact that assistant head coaches and coordinators aren’t always afforded the luxury of the required cursory interview as demanded by the league’s mandated policy. A team has to only say that they have a minority as a prospective candidate and essentially create the scenario that the process is being adhered to. An initial cursory interview may well be granted.

The Washington Redskins with a new general manager in place, with Bruce Allen now assuming the position formerly held by Vinny Cerrato. The Daniel Snyder owned team might just be the worst ran NFL franchise in the league at present. Their turnovers in coaches is line with consistency of the Oakland Raiders and their ‘revolving door policy’ when it comes to coaches. Success or lack of it thereof, seems to be the norm for both of these franchises. Jim Zorn is the current coach of the Redskins and the impending upheaval appears apparent that Zorn’s two year tenure as the coach seems about to come to an abrupt end.

Reggie Fowler, left, has agreed to buy the Minnesota Vikings from current owner Red McCombs, right. The deal, worth a reported $625 million,
Reggie Fowler, left, has agreed to buy the Minnesota Vikings from current owner Red McCombs, right. The deal, worth a reported $625 million. However, the deal fell through when the NFL panel entrusted to review the bid stated that Fowler's financial backing and finances wasn't all in place and met with their tacit test. The deal was torpedoed and Fowler would then become part of the consortium headed by Zygi Wilf that would be successful in their purchase of the team from then owner Red McCombs . picture appears courtesy of afp/reuters/ Paul Marshall .............. ,

Courtesy of NFL.com Wire reports

Zorn out after two seasons as Redskins’ coach; is Shanahan in ?

The Washington Redskins fired coach Jim Zorn early Monday, the first step in yet another team overhaul that appears likely to involve Mike Shanahan.

An unidentified official within the NFL informed The Associated Press that new Redskins general manager Bruce Allen talked to Shanahan by phone Monday, and league sources told NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora to expect an organizational overhaul by Thursday but maybe sooner. Shanahan, who won two Super Bowls in 14 seasons as the Denver Broncos’ coach, would take over as coach/team president and quickly bring in assistant coaches and front-office personnel.

Zorn was dismissed shortly after the team returned to Redskins Park following Sunday’s season-ending 23-20 loss at San Diego.

Zorn went 12-20 over two seasons, but he lost 18 of his last 24 games after a 6-2 start in 2008. The Redskins struggled early despite a weak schedule this season and finished 4-12, their worst record since 1994.

It was the second consecutive season that the Redskins finished in last place in the NFC East under Zorn.

Allen said in a news conference Monday that “last place is not Redskin football.” He also refused to speculate on who the next coach would be, but he repeatedly said that a “passion for football” would be a primary requirement. He added that “head coach in the NFL is the most demanding executive position in sports.”

Zorn’s replacement will be Washington’s seventh coach since Dan Snyder bought the team in 1999.

“This has been an extremely difficult season for our organization and for the fans,” Snyder said in a statement released by the team. “Bruce Allen spent many hours examining the football operations, and we are both determined to do whatever it takes to build a championship team. That process begins today

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They’ve eagerly pursued Mike Shanahan for the position. And after two initial interviews, it appears that Shanahan is the successor in waiting for the presumed vacancy. What might the most egregious maneuver in all of this has been the apparent move by the Redskins to interview one of their low tiered assistant coaches,Jerry Gray, assistant defensive coordinator, who happens to be an African American. Now if this is being done merely to adhere to the Rooney policy, instead of it being a valid interview for a viable candidate for the position. But it appears that this is nothing more than a ploy on the part of the Redskins. It remains to be seen whether or not the NFL hierarchy under Roger Goodell as the league’s commissioner will have anything at all to say about the situation. It will be very interesting to see whether or not they will watch with a great deal of close scrutiny as to whether or not the Washington Redskins will follow the league mandated policy. On the face of it, it looks as if the Redskins are following the policy. But if anything they are actually circumventing the policy by merely creating the appearance that the interviewee is a candidate for the position. And that if anything smacks of the insidious behavior expected of a franchise wherein the norm of segregation was said to be still in being from a coaching standpoint, albeit that the roster of the franchise is very much a diverse one in nature.

Jerry Gray, secondary's and  assistant  defensive  coordinat  of   the   Washington  Redskins
Jerry Gray, secondary's and assistant defensive coordinat of the Washington Redskins. Gray has been the lone minority candiate interviewed for the now vacant head coach's position. Former Broncos' head coach has twice been interviewed for the position , prior to the dismissal of Jim Zorn as head coach of the team. picture appears courtesy of TWP/ John McDonnell .....

Segregation in sports at the player personnel level is a thing of the past within the NFL. But from a coaching standpoint it looks likes it’s either at a standstill or about to indeed take a turn for the worse. But this situation just isn’t happening at the NFL level but also at the collegiate level. Of the 120 collegiate football positions at the Division 1 A level, there are less than a dozen coaches that are of African American origin or of any other minority for that matter. But at the collegiate level where the NCAA governs college athletics. There’s nothing that mandates the hiring policy when it comes to the hiring of a football coach. It’s not really so much of a dilemma that can’t be resolved. But for the NCAA it’s not something that is of an urgent priority for the organization or the various conferences. They’re not openly willing to discuss the situation and it appears neither are the NCAA. The Black Coaches Administrators (BCA) are the only ones who are pressing the colleges, the NCAA and NFL , on the issue of their hiring practices, as it concerns minorities at the college coaching level and amongst the professional ranks. And what success if any is almost mute on the part of the NCAA and how they view the situation.

Denver , October '06. Head coach Mike Shanahan of the Denver Broncos looks to call a play against the Baltimore Ravens during a cold rainy first quarter on October 9, 2006 at Invesco Field at Mile High in Denver, Colorado.  picture appears courtesy of Getty Images/ Brian Bahr  .......
Denver , October '06. Head coach Mike Shanahan of the Denver Broncos looks to call a play against the Baltimore Ravens during a cold rainy first quarter on October 9, 2006 at Invesco Field at Mile High in Denver, Colorado. picture appears courtesy of Getty Images/ Brian Bahr .......

The aspirants for these positions more often than not, are qualified for those positions but even if they are not. How are they are going to know what qualities will be needed by them in order to make them better suited candidates ? Especially in the case where they’re being denied the opportunity to even interview for a vacant position. At the collegiate level there is no ‘Rooney Rule’ in place for the candidates seeking a vacant coach’s position. But this is something where questions are needed to be asked and answered concerning this very issue. As to whether or not we’ll never know what will be forthcoming in the terms of an answer remains to be seen. But somehow these question have to be posed and answered unequivocally. If only to allude to the fact that there is clear transparency when it comes to the hiring of minority coaches at the collegiate as well as at the NFL level of football.

The Rooney Rule was put in place for a reason but it appears that now the NFL may well be calling time on this particular mandate.. As to the NCAA, well they’ll just continue to march to the beat of their very own drum completely oblivious of the realities of the real world and how it exists ! With its immense power in terms of its governing of the collegiate athletics’ landscape, it goes unchallenged by the major conferences as well as the Federal Government. And the Federal Government at times, would rather chide the NCCA , rather than demand that the NCAA do what is right and morally acceptable.

’til You Do Right By Me, Everything You Even Think About Gonna’ Fail.

“Celie: [to Albert] Till you do right by me, everything you even think about gonna’ fail. ” A memorable line quoted from the movie ” The Color Purple” (1985) – a line uttered by the Whoopi Goldberg character ‘Celie’ to her then husband ‘Albert’ played by Danny Glover .

The best scene from the movie The Color Purple, which depicts the lines uttered above. In many ways, the words uttered may very well sum up how the Redskins’ fans feel about the team and its owner, Daniel Snyder. Disgusted ,just plain fed up, with the lack of nothingness to begin with-as the team head aimlessly nowhere .

I’ve always been something of a movie buff , chick flicks notwithstanding . Of which I can take or leave, dependent upon the subject matter. And if only to keep in the good graces of the girlfriend from time to time when she asks if we can take in a movie. If it’s her choice, then I know 9 times out of 10 , I’ll be almost bored to death. And then on the odd occasion that a movie has me thinking – this is great or OK ! Well , I don’t so much feel so hard done by. Which brings me to these two focal points. If you’re an avowed Washington Redskins‘ fan , how must you be now feeling about the team and the ownership regime of Daniel Snyder ? And in what direction is the franchise ultimately heading ? As to where that might be at this juncture, nobody within the organization seems to know.

From left to  right  ,  Vinny Cerrato  , Exec VP & General Manger  of the  Redskins   alongside  the  newly minted  team  coach   Jim Zorn and  finally  team  owner  Daniel Snyder.    The  three were  at  the  team's  training  facility  in Ashburn  , Virgina ,  to  make the  formal   announcement  to the  convened  press  that  Zorn  had  been hired as  the  head  coach  of  the  Washington Redskins.  This was  made  effective  10th February  2008.  picture appears courtesy of   upi photo/  Kevin  Dietsch  ..........

From left to right, Vinny Cerrato , Exec VP & General Manger of the Redskins, alongside the newly minted team coach , Jim Zorn and finally team owner, Daniel Snyder. The three were at the team’s training facility in Ashburn , Virgina, to make the formal announcement that Zorn had been hired as the head coach of the Washington Redskins. This was made effective 10th February 2008. picture appears courtesy of upi/photo/Kevin Dietsch ……………

The Redskins at present are 2-5 in the NFC East and are a far cry off from even where many NFL fans may well have envisaged them to be. But then again, they may not have. As this team hasn’t bordered on anything resembling an NFL team or franchise.Seemingly, with ever larger and ever deepening pockets but hopelessly misspending on otherwise useless talent by way of their free agent acquisitions. The Jim Zorn coached team under the flamboyant ownership of Snyder and the obeyance of team General Manager & V.P. of Player Personnel Vinny Cerrato. The Washington area franchise has in effect become the butt of far too many NFL related jokes about mediocrity , a lack of heart but overall the will to win.

Courtesy of Profootballtalk.com :

Redskins add Sherm Lewis

By Mike Florio

The prevailing thought regarding the job security of Redskins coach Jim Zorn has been that he’s insulated from in-season termination by the number of hats that he wears.

Zorn, after all, is the head coach, the quarterbacks coach, and he calls the plays.

On Tuesday, the Redskins arguably took a step aimed at easing any eventual transition that might occur.

The Redskins have announced that Sherm Lewis has been hired to serve as an offensive consultant.

“Sherm Lewis is an outstanding coach who has been an instrumental member of four Super Bowl championship teams,” executive V.P. of football operations Vinny Cerrato said in a release. “Sherm’s history started with the innovator of the West Coast Offense, Bill Walsh, and over the past two decades he has directed some of the best offenses, and coached and developed some of the league’s premier players. He has a diverse NFL background, having coached running backs, wide receivers, and serving as a coordinator. Jim and Sherman share a common bond in that they both worked for Mike Holmgren at different times in their careers. Sherman’s overall experience and expertise will be a tremendous addition to our coaching staff. His track record humbles us all.”
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Redskins' offensive  consultant  Sherm  Lewis on the  sidelines  watches   the  warm ups  prior  to the  game  played  against the  Philadelphi Eagles  at Fedex  Field , Landover, Maryland .  Lewis  has  taken over the  play calling  for the  team  after  Zorn had  been  relinquished   of those  very  same duties.     picture  appears  courtesy  of  getty  images / Win McNamee  ......................

Redskins’ offensive consultant Sherm Lewis on the sidelines watches the warm ups prior to the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Fedex Field , Landover, Maryland. Lewis has taken over the play calling duties for the team after Zorn was relinquished of those very same duties. The Redskins would go on to lose the game 27-17 in game between the two divisional rivals in the NFC East. picture appears courtesy of getty images/ Win McNamee ………..

And much of what has transpired over the past few weeks has left many on the outside looking in, asking what now for this team ? Zorn has now become a de-facto lame duck head coach . As he’s been relieved of his play calling duties , which have been handed over to team consultant Sherm Lewis.The fans themselves, have not only shown their disgust with the team but the entire management and hierarchy of the organization. They’ve voiced their displeasure towards Zorn, and directly at Snyder and Cerrato , as well. It seemed only a matter of time before Snyder would respond. And seemingly , he has done so issuing a very terse and in some might deem a tepid statement. He acknowledges that there have been misjudgments on the part of the coaching staff and the organizational structure of the franchise. But what seems more incredulous, has been Snyder’s response in stating that he’ll seek to sue fans who’ve yet to pay for their premium tickets and at the same time enforce a ban on fans carrying signs or banners inside Fedex Field, Landover, Md, – the team’s home facility. Though not unprecedented , this hardly seems the appropriate action to be taking when your team and organization is said to be under siege from its very own fans. But that now seems to be the wherewith-all of Snyder as he tries to resurrect some sense of normalcy to an organization that is essentially in complete turmoil. And one that’s lacking in leadership on and off the field.

As for Sherm Lewis , it’s hard to see what he can do that hasn’t already been done. The roster of this Redksins’ team is replete with players who essentially, have given up on the season. Their demeanor says as much and clearly the likes of Albert Haynesworth , Jason Campbell , Ladell Betts , Chris Dooley, Santana Moss and Clinton Portis have sold the Redskins’ fans short , by way of their complete lack of commitment. Furthermore, for a team that’s said to have a number of seasoned veterans on it – it’s surprising to see such a lack of cohesion and leadership from those very same players mentioned. Whether or not this can be attributed to the lack of coaching shown by Zorn and his coaching staff is open to speculation. But it’s clear that the Washington Redskins as a team , are a complete bust, if you’re measuring a team by its resources and their abilities on the field of play !

If this Redskins’ team is fare better down the stretch run of the season . Then it’d better facilitate an immediate turnaround. Rather than, there being a bunch of excuses being made by Snyder and Cerrato, that they’ve got things well in hand. Clearly that hasn’t been the case under Snyder’s tenureship as the owner of the team. He’s failed the fans and the community miserably, by failing to do what was needed to be done in an appropriate and orderly fashion. Instead it’s been a constant revolving door in terms of coaches , players and the just that of the ego driven stance of both he and Vinny Cerrato to shortchange the fans by whatever means necessary. And ’til he does right by them , everything he thinks and does , will fail !

Courtesy of Associated Press and Yahoo Sports:

Redskins’ Snyder says team has ‘let everyone down’

By Joseph White , AP Sports Writer

CLINTON, Md. (AP)—Dan Snyder is embarrassed. He feels terrible. He’s also hurt, frustrated and apologetic. Name a downbeat adjective, and he’s all over it.

The Washington Redskins owner made some rare in-season comments about his team Tuesday, speaking at an event to celebrate the franchise’s charitable program to renovate football fields at Maryland high schools. He received nothing but cheers from appreciative students and faculty when introduced, a change of pace from the reception he and his team have heard at FedEx Field during a 2-5 start.

“We feel frustration and are disappointed for our fans,” Snyder told the crowd. “Obviously our performance to date is not what we expected, and we hope to turn that around.”

Afterward, speaking to a small group of reporters in a parking lot, Snyder elaborated—although only in general terms. Asked a question that referenced two recent controversies surrounding the team—the suing of fans who couldn’t pay for their premium tickets, and a total ban on fans carrying signs and banners into the stadium—Snyder addressed neither issue.

“I feel bad for the fans. I feel sorry for the fans, and we’re very, very appreciative of our loyal fan base,” he said. “We just feel terrible. We’re disappointed. We’re embarrassed, and we hope to get it going soon.”

Although the team says the ban on signs took effect at the beginning of the season, it was announced only recently, coinciding with an increase of negative signs targeting Snyder and front office chief Vinny Cerrato. Asked how he is affected personally, Snyder said: “It hurts.”

“It really hurts,” Snyder said. “We are really trying very, very hard, everyone at Redskins Park, the coaches, the players. The organization’s quite frankly held together well, and I think we’ve got an opportunity the rest of the season to hopefully get it going. But to date we’ve let everyone down, including ourselves, and we know that and we’re just apologetic. We’ve blown some games that obviously we think we should have won.”

The questions got more pointed as the interview progressed. After 2 1/2 minutes, in the middle of a question about stripping of coach Jim Zorn of play-calling duties, the Surrattsville High School marching band happened to approach the area, playing at full volume. Snyder stopped the question and made small talk about the fact that Tuesday was Election Day while waiting for the band to pass.

Just as the music was quieting down, Snyder said he had to go. He walked away, leaving the question unanswered.

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Kirk Ferentz Come On Down The Price Is Right ……………….

Kirk Ferentz Come On Down The Price Is Right ……….

Should the Washington Redskins come to a decision as to the fate of Jim Zorn . Then it’s my belief that owner Daniel Snyder and Executive VP Vinny Cerrato might make the decision to hire a college coach . OK, so there are those amongst us who are of the opinion that the Redskins should go with a proven NFL coach with credentials that can back up the aspirations of both Snyder and the Redskins’ organization.

Iowa (Hawkeyes)  coach  Kirk  Ferentz,  left, stands  alongside   Michigan  State  coach  Mark  D'Antonio  prior  to  the   game  between their  two   teams   played   in   East Lansing,  Michigan.     The   Hawkeyes   would  go  on  to defeat  the  Spartans  15-13  to   remain   unbeaten  in  the   Big  Ten  as  they   sit  atop  of  the  standings  within  the  conference.   The  Hawkeyes   are  also    ranked  #4  in  the BCS Poll  standings.  And  they  are   one   of the   seven   ubeaten  teams  within  the   top   ten  of the  BCS   rankings  at  present.   picture  appears  courtesy  of   ap/photo/  Al  Goldis   .........................
Iowa (Hawkeyes) coach Kirk Ferentz, left, stands alongside Michigan State coach Mark D'Antonio prior to the game between their two teams played in East Lansing, Michigan. The Hawkeyes would go on to defeat the Spartans 15-13 to remain unbeaten in the Big Ten as they sit atop of the standings within the conference. The Hawkeyes are also ranked #4 in the BCS Poll standings. And they are one of the seven ubeaten teams within the top ten of the BCS rankings at present. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Al Goldis .........................

The candidates out there that comes to mind are Jon Gruden , Bill Cowher, Tony Dungy, Mike Shanahan and Herm Edwards. OK, so the last candidate was just meant to pull your leg. In all honesty hiring Herm Edwards is akin to having a fetish for seeing your mother-in-law naked or perhaps your grandmother ? But that’s a story for another day. I do believe however , that of the four primary candidates named , none would prove willing to coach the Redskins under the presence of an owner such as Daniel Snyder. Cerrato, would have you believe that neither he , or Snyder, tend to interfere in the day to day operations of the organization as it concerns the team’s on the field performance. Well, if the recent actions that we’ve seen within the organization is anything to go by. Then there’s no way, one can take them at their word.

Beleaguered   Redskins'   coach  Jim  Zorn    on the  sidelines   against the Kansas  City  Chiefs   in  an  NFL  game   played  at   Fedex  Field  in  Landover  , Maryland.    The  Chiefs  would   go  on  to  defeat  the  Redskins  in  an  utterly   deplorable   NFL  game.  It   has  only  ratcheted    up  the  anger   for  Zorn  to be   dismissed  as  the  team's  coach.   Zorn   has  been   relieved   as  the  play  caller   for  the  team's   onfield    strategic   play.   Those  duties  are   now   in the  hands  of   special   consultant   Sherm  Lewis.     An  indictment    of  the  deplorable  season  thus   far  for   the  team  and   its   fans.     ap/photo/  Nick  Wass   ...........................
Beleaguered Redskins' coach Jim Zorn on the sidelines against the Kansas City Chiefs in an NFL game played at Fedex Field in Landover , Maryland. The Chiefs would go on to defeat the Redskins in an utterly deplorable NFL game. It has only ratcheted up the anger for Zorn to be dismissed as the team's coach. Zorn has been relieved as the play caller for the team's onfield strategic play. Those duties are now in the hands of special consultant Sherm Lewis. An indictment of the deplorable season thus far for the team and its fans. ap/photo/ Nick Wass ...........................

The candidate I’d like to see take over the soon to be vacant position would be Iowa‘s, Kirk Ferentz . A college coach you say ? Well , if there are no worthwhile candidates within the NFL ranks . Then why not revert to the college ranks and pick a coach with a proven resume’ of success ? Other than Pete Carroll , Urban Meyer , Bob Stoops , Jim Tressel , Mike Leach and Les Miles . There might not be a better coach in all of collegiate football. As to whether or not, Ferentz would be amenable to taking the next step to the professional ranks. Well, that remains to be seen but it’s the logical step for a coach whose proven to be a very good one at the college level. My only reservation however , would be his willingness to have Cerrato and Snyder hovering over him. Much like a flock of vultures hovers over the carcass of a dying animal. And as we know Snyder, is known for making somewhat of a big splash, both on and off the field. Other than the Dallas Cowboys Jerry Jones , perhaps no other owner in the NFL epitomizes greed and excess as much !

The return of Joe Gibbs was greeted with a great roar of approval and the hope was that Gibbs would be able to revive the era of successes past, for the franchise. Alas , it was not to be. Gibbs’ predecessor , Steve Spurrier proved to be a complete bust and to further point out the fact that he was best served by remaining within the college ranks as a coach. The ol’ ball coach’s style didn’t acclimatize well in the NFL. Much like his narcissism and attitude ,when it came to communicating with the players in the NFL. If ever there’s been a low point of Spurrier’s coaching career, then his stay with the Redskins proved that the NFL wasn’t the place for him to be .

Team  Exec VP Vinny  Cerrato  (left)  seen  here  alongside  coach,  Jim  Zorn  (center)  and    the  Redskins'   owner    Daniel  Snyder   (right).     The  formal  introduction  was   being   made    as  to the  announcement   that  Zorn  was  to become  the  team's   new  head  coach   at  the   team's   training   facility  in   Ashburn  ,  Va.    That   formal   announcement   was   made   10th February  2008.     picture  appears   courtesy  of    united press  international (upi)/  Kevin  Dietsch   .............................
Team Exec VP Vinny Cerrato (left) seen here alongside coach, Jim Zorn (center) and the Redskins' owner Daniel Snyder (right). The formal introduction was being made as to the announcement that Zorn was to become the team's new head coach at the team's training facility in Ashburn , Va. That formal announcement was made 10th February 2008. picture appears courtesy of united press international (upi)/ Kevin Dietsch .............................

One can only surmise now what awaits Zorn and the Redskins as the remainder of the season plays itself out. Of this we’re certain, we know that something is already
stirring within the organization. The death knell as to the hierarchy’s vocal backing of the coach with the usual perfunctory statement…..’Zorn remains our coach for the moment until the end of the season.’ Et tu Brutus ? Now we know why Caesar couldn’t trust anyone. And that’s simply the same reason that an NFL GM can’t be trusted when they make such a statement to begin with ! We all know the fate that awaits a coach , when such a statement is made. Just like a death row inmate knows his fate when he’s being led to the death chamber , it’s the same for Jim Zorn at this present moment in time. Cerrato , and the organization are saying the right things in order to create the impression that there’s unity within the Redskins’ organization. Unfortunately nothing could be further from the truth. The players on this Redskins’ team just doesn’t know what’s happening from one day to the next. Too many chefs in the kitchen ,not enough help and common sense at all.

Ferentz , I do believe might be reluctant to leave the program. But if the right set of circumstances are in motion , then there’s the possibility that he’d make the decision to make that jump to the next level. But this is merely just speculation on my part and nothing more than that. So, for now we can only take the attitude of ‘wait and see ‘ as to how the situation plays itself out.

Which candidates could you see taking the soon to be vacant position with the Washington Redskins ?

The President Says He Wants Healthcare Reform So What Does That Mean For The Redskins ?

The President and certain members of Congress and the Senate are willing to put it all on the line for health-care reform. And it may or not be a good thing , dependent upon one’s point of view. But if there’s an entity that at present that’s in need of resuscitation, then it would most definitely be the Washington Redskins. Healthcare reform ought to be left to those who thoroughly understand what needs to be done. Considering the administration’s handling of the economy and the war in Afghanistan at present. I’m prepared to say that their attention to details ….. leaves a great deal to be desired !

Former Redskins’ great , John Riggins makes his views plain as to what he sees is wrong, with the Washington Redskins.

The lowly Redskins are beginning to circles the sink-hole much like a rotting pile of sewage when it’s ready to be flushed down a drain-hole. And at 2-4 there seems to be no signs of life in this Jim Zorn coached team that seems to have lost all forms of life , discipline and dedication to its craft. One would hate to now think what’s now going through the minds of the Redskins’ fans. Much less, that of former NFL great and Redskins’ running back John Riggins. And suffice to say that, Redskins’ owner , Daniel Snyder‘s blood must now be beginning to boil over. He and VP/ GM Vinny Cerrato have made it plain that Zorn will no longer be in charge of the play calling for the team. But the inherent problems of the Redskins to my mind, goes way beyond the apparent lack of coaching. The Redskins’ roster just isn’t good enough , despite the alleged talent that is said to be on the field of play. They lack heart , creativity, play-makers but above all , they lack leadership both and off the field. And the team is in complete disarray at present.

Embattled   Redskins'  coach  Jim  Zorn  speaks  to  the  convened   press  at the  team's   training  facility   in  Ashburn,  Virginia.    There's  a  great   deal of   speculation  as  to  whether   or   not   he'll be    fired   by  Redskins'  owner  Daniel  Snyder .        picture  appears   courtesy  of   ap/photo/   Luis  M.  Alvarez  ..................
Embattled Redskins' coach Jim Zorn speaks to the convened press at the team's training facility in Ashburn, Virginia. There's a great deal of speculation as to whether or not he'll be fired by Redskins' owner Daniel Snyder . picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Luis M. Alvarez ..................

Courtesy of NFL.com Wire reports ;

Zorn gives up offensive play-calling duties for struggling ‘Skins

Head coach Jim Zorn no longer will call plays for the Washington Redskins’ struggling offense.

Zorn and executive vice president of football operations Vinny Cerrato discussed the change during a 1-on-1 meeting Sunday after the Redskins’ 14-6 loss to the previously winless Kansas City Chiefs.

According to Redskins spokesman Zack Bolno, Cerrato told Zorn he believes the coach had too many responsibilities and someone else should run the offense during games. Zorn didn’t disagree with that assessment, Bolno said.

The team planned to announce a new play-caller Monday. NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora reports that it’s expected to be Sherman Lewis, an offensive consultant hired just two weeks ago, because he’s the only other staff member who has called plays and is well versed in the West Coast offense.

The Redskins (2-4) are averaging 13.2 points this season and haven’t scored more than 17 in any game. Against Kansas City, which entered Sunday allowing 27.6 points and 402.8 yards per game, Washington managed just 265 yards of offense and seven first downs and went 2 for 14 on third-down conversions.

“This offense is better than six points, 100 percent. And that’s on me,” Zorn said before the change in his duties was announced. “It’s my fault.”

Zorn tried switching quarterbacks at halftime against the Chiefs, lifting starter Jason Campbell in favor of Todd Collins, who hadn’t played since the end of the 2007 season. Collins led the Redskins to two field goals, but they failed to score a touchdown at home for the second time this season.

Zorn said Campbell was “a little late in hitting some things” and “inaccurate.” Zorn didn’t make clear who will be his quarterback in the next game.

Zorn began his postgame news conference with a loud, lengthy sigh into the microphone. And the coach kept on sighing as he discussed his team’s latest setback, which made Washington 4-10 over its past 14 games.

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Redskins'   quarterback   Jason  Campbell   looks   up   from  the  bench  during  the  third  quarter   as  the   Redskins  play  the  Kansas  City   Chiefs    at    Fedex  Field   in  Landover,  Maryland.   Campbell  was   replaced by   back   up   quarterback     Todd  Collins   early  in  the  game     and   the   stand  in   was  unable  to   eke  out  a  victory   for the  team  as  they  lost  to  the  Chiefs   14-6.      picture  appears   courtesy  of  ap/photo/  Nick   Wass   .................
Redskins' quarterback Jason Campbell looks up from the bench during the third quarter as the Redskins play the Kansas City Chiefs at Fedex Field in Landover, Maryland. Campbell was replaced by back up quarterback Todd Collins early in the game and the stand in was unable to eke out a victory for the team as they lost to the Chiefs 14-6. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Nick Wass .................

Sunday’s performance by the team was so lackluster and a complete disappointment to the home fans at Fedex Field in Landover, Maryland. It was so benign that incompetency might too soft a word to describe the team’s play. The resultant 14-6 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs (1-5) must have left those in attendance asking themselves ……….” how many bad teams are there now in the NFL At no time throughout the sixty minutes of play could you envisage the Redskins scoring a touchdown. So anemic was their play on offense ! Never-mind the fact that on the defensive side of the ball had the Chiefs been able to actually get anything going on offense , then the Redskins’ may well have also proven to be more of an embarrassment there as well.

Zorn   leaves  the   field  after  the  Redskins'   loss   to  the  Kansas  City   Chiefs.        picture  appears   courtesy of   ap/photo/  Mike   Wass  ................
Zorn leaves the field after the Redskins' loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Mike Wass ................

And it certainly can’t have escaped those watching the game nationally the game in terms of scoring , essentially had to be relied upon the accuracy of the kickers and a ‘safety’ that was attained when Redkins’ quarterback, Todd Collins was sacked in the endzone in the fourth quarter. And unfortunately this is what the fans in attendance and those watching in the comfort of their homes had to put up with. The NFL’s biggest concern now is what indeed must they do in terms of the onfield product at present ? It’s bad enough that we’re going through an economic crisis and the mere fact that attendances for games are now down in comparison to last year. But with there being so many awful teams at present and the mere fact that they’re playing with the zeal of docile mice should tell us how acute the problems are now within the NFL.

Wide   receiver   Bobby  Wade  of  the  Chiefs   escapes the   grasp  of   Redskins'  cornerback   Justin  Tryon  during  the   third  quarter  of  the  game   played   at    Fedex  Field  ,   Landover ,  Maryland .   The   Kansas  City  Chiefs   would  go   on to  defeat     Washington  Redskins    14-6  in   a   game    that   went   without  a   touchdown  being   scored  .   All  the   points  came   from  field  goals  and   the  Redskins'   quarterback  Todd  Collins  being   tackled   in  the  endzone   for 'a safety' .       picture  appears    courtesy  of ap/photo/  Alex Brandon   ........................
Wide receiver Bobby Wade of the Chiefs escapes the grasp of Redskins' cornerback Justin Tryon during the third quarter of the game played at Fedex Field , Landover , Maryland . The Kansas City Chiefs would go on to defeat Washington Redskins 14-6 in a game that went without a touchdown being scored . All the points came from field goals and the Redskins' quarterback Todd Collins being tackled in the endzone for 'a safety' . picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Alex Brandon ........................

Zorn’s own future now with the Washington Redskins must be hanging by a thread. And it remains to be seen whether or not he’ll meet the same fate as his predecessors. Daniel Snyder has never been known to be a patient man when it comes to the under performance of his coaches. But at this juncture it’s hard to see who he’ll replace Zorn with. I know that there are a number of prime candidates out there at present. Names who come to mind are Tony Dungy, Jon Gruden, Brian Billick , Mike Shanahan, Bill Cowher and no doubt several college coaches at the top of the college football pecking order. But I doubt that any of them might want to have Daniel Snyder as their employer. After all the mess that took place under Steve Spurrier era with the Redskins may well have put to rest that idea. But then again it might , as who knows what runs through the mind of Daniel Snyder from one minute to the next ?

Chiefs'  cornerback   Brandon  Flowers,  left,  intercepts   a  pass  intended  for    Redskins'   wide   receiver   Malcolm   Kelly  .     picture  appears  courtesy  of  ap/photo/ Alex Brandon      .........................
Chiefs' cornerback Brandon Flowers, left, intercepts a pass intended for Redskins' wide receiver Malcolm Kelly . picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Alex Brandon .........................

It is my own belief that with this being a bye week for the Redskins. Snyder and Cerrato will start the ball rolling by conducting interviews with various parties whom they deem might well be interested in taking over from Jim Zorn. I do firmly believe that Zorn will be relieved of his duties before this week is out. Unfortunately for Jim Zorn , he just wasn’t the right man for the position as head coach of the Washington Redskins. His presence around the team and the mere fact that he couldn’t even get the players to play with any conviction . Well it would suggest that Zorn just hasn’t got the temperament to be a coach in the NFL. You’ve to be a hell of a lot tougher than he’s shown when conducting his pre and post game interviews. And most certainly he’s got to hold his players accountable for their lack of passion to play the game . Rather than just opining on his own faults . It creates the environment that he was way in over his head ! And from where I sit, that’s the only conclusion that I can come to. And the mere fact that the personnel there in Washington just doesn’t have what it takes to get the job done to begin with.

Courtesy of Yahoo Sports

Redskins team report …….

“We thought we had it won. We thought we had put up enough points—17 ought to get us a win.”

– Cornerback DeAngelo Hall on last Sunday’s 20-17 loss at Carolina which Washington led 17-2 in the third quarter. The 2-3 Redskins have yet to score more than 20 points in a game.

As an NFL fan how do you view the present situation with the Washington Redskins ? Jim Zorn may well be the first NFL managerial candidate of the season. But he most definitely won’t be the last !

Week 6 NFL Scores

Baltimore Ravens 31 – 33 Minnesota Vikings
New York Giants 27 – 48 New Orleans Saints
Cleveland Browns 14 – 27 Pittsburgh Steelers
Carolina Panthers 28 – 21 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Kansas City Chiefs 14 – 6 Washington Redskins
Houston Texans 28 – 17 Cincinnati Bengals
St Louis Rams 20 – 23 Jacksonville Jaguars
Detroit Lions 0 – 26 Green Bay Packers
Philadelphia Eagles 9 – 13 Oakland Raiders
Arizona Cardinals 27 – 3 Seattle Seahawks
Tennessee Titans 0 – 59 New England Patriots
Buffalo Bills 16 – 13 New York Jets
Chicago Bears 14 – 21 Atlanta Falcons

DC ……BC ……There’s No Mistaking The Redskins Suck

The NFC East off all of the NFL divisions is said to be the most contentious and competitive. Within that division lies the Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants , Philadelphia Eagles and the Washington Redskins.

Steven  Jackson  of  the  Rams   is   upended  during  the   game  played  against  the  Redskins   by DeAngelo  Hall.    The  game  itself   was  something  of   an  eyesore  as  a  spectacle  for  those   in  attendance at   Fedex  Field  in  Landover, Maryland.   The  game  was  won   by   the  Redskins   9-7  over  the    St  Louis  Rams.     picture  appears  courtesy of   ap/photo/  Rob  Carr  ......................
Steven Jackson of the Rams is upended during the game played against the Redskins by DeAngelo Hall. The game itself was something of an eyesore as a spectacle for those in attendance at Fedex Field in Landover, Maryland. The game was won by the Redskins 9-7 over the St Louis Rams. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Rob Carr ......................

With the installation of first time coach Jim Zorn , -it was felt that the franchise and team would settle back into some sort of normalcy. Normalcy with this franchise and with the arrival of owner, Daniel Snyder . In many respects , it has been very much like watching a speeding train ride just race ahead at full speed not knowing what lies ahead and the fact that rail tracks have become buckled. You know it’s going to careen and crash- laying almighty waste amongst the carnage that remains. It’s the only way that I for one can best describe the franchise , since the departure of Joe Gibbs and what essentially went on before his second tenure of the franchise he led so triumphantly to three Superbowl wins as an NFL coach.

Redskins'  defensive  lineman  Lorenzo Alexander  (79) and  teammate  defensive  end  Brian  Orakpo  watch   from  the  sidelines  at   Ford  Field ,  in  Detroit  as  their  team   goes  on  to   lose  19-14   to the  Detroit   Lions.    picture  appears  courtesy  of    ap/photo/   Carlos  Osorio  ...................
Redskins' defensive lineman Lorenzo Alexander (79) and teammate defensive end Brian Orakpo watch from the sidelines at Ford Field , in Detroit as their team goes on to lose 19-14 to the Detroit Lions. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Carlos Osorio ...................

Well once again it’d appear that not all is right in Daniel’s world and the belief is that Zorn’s head could well be on the chopping block , if the team doesn’t fare well this season. And if the team’s present record (1-2-0) and performances are anything to go by. Then the Washington Redskins and their fans are in for a long and arduous season. Statistically also, the team leaves a great deal to be desired . And their lone victory this season came over the hapless St Louis Rams, 9-7 . A game for which it can be best described as atrocious in its execution , by both teams ! In actuality for the Rams , of whom it can be said ,they’d be hard pressed to even give a high school team a competitive game. Such, has been their travails to date.

Lions'  wide   receiver   Bryant   Johnson  is   tackled   by  the  Redskins'  defensive   player   Carlos   Rogers  .     The   Lions  would  go  on  to  defeat  the  Redskins  19-14   in   a  game  played  at   Ford   Field    in  Detroit   ,  Michigan.    picture  appears  courtesy  of   ap/photo/  Carlos   Osorio   ....................
Lions' wide receiver Bryant Johnson is tackled by the Redskins' defensive player Carlos Rogers . The Lions would go on to defeat the Redskins 19-14 in a game played at Ford Field in Detroit , Michigan. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Carlos Osorio ....................

What may well just be another pointer as to how badly the Redskins have fared. It is the fact that their $ 100 million man in Albert Haynesworth has , had about as much presence on this team. As a vegetarian would feel comfortable in a room filled with carnivores with an assortment of venison laid out for all to consume. Through three regular season games thus far , Haynesworth has bearly registered a blip on the radar screen , registering just 9 tackles and 1 sack through those games. For $100 million , I’m sure that the Redskins’ fans and the NFL as a whole, were expecting more from the player ! But Daniel Snyder , as we all know has never been scared to overpay for what he deems to a priceless trinket. In this case however, he’s overpaid for a dud !

A  forelorn   Redskins'  coach   Jim  Zorn   walks  the  sidelines  in  the   third  quarter  of  the  game  played   against  the  Detroit  Lions .       picture  appears  courtesy  of   ap/photo/ Paul  Sancya  ....................................
A forelorn Redskins' coach Jim Zorn walks the sidelines in the third quarter of the game played against the Detroit Lions . picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Paul Sancya ....................................

One may well point to the fact that there has been continuous upheaval with regard to the organization. From the management on down. But for the team’s much derided quarterback , Jason Campbell . He’s had to deal with more than most. Since his entrance into the NFL and with him being named the team’s starter at the position. He’s had to go through two coaches and at least seven different offensive coordinators in that time . And one wonders why there’s no cohesiveness and fluidity to Campbell’s game ? He’d have been better off doing the play calling himself , for all of the assistance he’s been given. We could also point to the fact , that even though it’s been said that Snyder has taken a hands off approach. You can’t help but feel that he’s got his finger on the pulse of almost everything that takes place within the locker room and with Zorn’s own strategies and training practice schedules.

Redskins'  wide  receiver   Santana  Moss (89) is  tackled  by  Lions'  defensive   players    safety ,  Louis  Delmas (26)  and   linebacker,  Larry   Foote (55)   during  the  game.    The  Lions  would   go  on to  defeat  the  Redskins   19-14  and   halt  their   19   game    regular  season  losing  streak.        picture  appears  courtesy  of  ap/photo/  Carlos   Osorio   .................................
Redskins' wide receiver Santana Moss (89) is tackled by Lions' defensive players safety , Louis Delmas (26) and linebacker, Larry Foote (55) during the game. The Lions would go on to defeat the Redskins 19-14 and halt their 19 game regular season losing streak. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Carlos Osorio .................................

And in terms of a respite , it’s hard to see where the Redskins’ next victory may well come from. They essentially played down to the level of the Detroit Lions in succumbing to a 19-14 loss at Ford Field , in Detroit , Michigan ,during week three. There the Lions were able to stop their run of 19 consecutive regular season game losses, with the defeat of the Redskins. And about the only bright spot for the NFC East team on the day , may well have been the play of Campbell , himself . And that of his wide receiver Santana Moss . The player had 9 receipts for a total of 175 yards , with a touchdown to show for his production on the day. For Jason Campbell it was his best production by far in terms of the season as it stood. His figures , 27/41, 340 yds, 2 TD’s , 1 INT.

Redskins'  defensive  tackle  Albert  Haynesworth   covers   his  face  while   being   taken  off  the   field   on  a  motorized  cart .  The  player  suffered  an  injury   during  the   game  and  as a  matter  of   precaution  his   day  was   curtailed  in  order   for   him  to   undergo  X-rays  to  make   sure  his  injury  wasn't   far  more   serious.  With   $100 million  being  vested  in the  player  ,  the   team  has  yet  to   reap   any  reward   from him   by  way  of  leadership   or  his   presence   on the  field.   picture  appears  courtesy  of   ap/photo/ Paul  Sancya    ..........................
Redskins' defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth covers his face while being taken off the field on a motorized cart . The player suffered an injury during the game and as a matter of precaution his day was curtailed in order for him to undergo X-rays to make sure his injury wasn't far more serious. With $100 million being vested in the player , the team has yet to reap any reward from him by way of leadership or his presence on the field. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Paul Sancya ..........................

With the team now sitting afoot of the NFC East . One has to ask what direction is this team said to be going in ? They’ve not posted a winning season since 2007. And having made the playoffs that season , they brushed aside by the Seattle Seahawks in a wildcard berth playoff loss , 35-14 . Prior to that their last postseason berth was attained in 2005. Something of a sobering thought for one the NFL’s wealthiest teams. For all of the money spent by Daniel Snyder. He’s yet to reap the dividends of his largesse. Much of that appears to be from the ineptitude shown when it comes to making personnel decisions and his continued interference in the team’s day to day operations.

Redskins' quarterback  Jason Campbell (97)  is  face masked   by  Lions'   defensive  player  Jason  Hunter (97)   during  the  game  played  between  the   two   teams  at   Ford  Field   ,  Detroit  ,  Michigan.      The   Lions   would   go  on  to   defeat  the  Redskins   19-14.          picture  appears   courtesy  of   ap/photo/   Paul  Sancya  .........................
Redskins' quarterback Jason Campbell (97) is face masked by Lions' defensive player Jason Hunter (97) during the game played between the two teams at Ford Field , Detroit , Michigan. The Lions would go on to defeat the Redskins 19-14. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Paul Sancya .........................

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Wife wants Haynesworth to pay bills, stay away

By Teresa M Walker , AP Sports Writer

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (AP)—Albert Haynesworth’s(notes) wife is asking a Tennessee judge to force the Washington defensive tackle to pay veterinary bills, his daughter’s tuition and other family expenses dating back to when she filed for divorce in April 2008. She also wants a restraining order against him.

Stephanie Haynesworth said in the motion filed Sept. 17 that Haynesworth recently threatened to stop paying temporary support that began in June. The motion alleges he said he wouldn’t pay his daughter’s monthly tuition and a $4,000 veterinary bill that he authorized for the family dog.

A Williamson County Chancery Court judge had been scheduled to hear the the motion Tuesday, but it was continued until Oct. 13.

Haynesworth signed a seven-year, $100 million contract with Washington in the offseason. The Redskins said Monday that Haynesworth was in Tennessee for an MRI on a sore hip and personal business.

Attorney Joanie Abernathy, who is representing Stephanie Haynesworth, did not immediately return a message left at her office. The attorney representing Albert Haynesworth also did not immediately return a message left by The Associated Press.
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A vocal Redskins’ fans lets his thoughts be known about the franchise and particular its owner and coach

Where the team now stands at present , where they no doubt thought that they would be and want to be. Well it’s like describing the distance that needs to traveled between the earth and the moon. It’s safe to say that at present , as the pilot said to be steering this particular vessel. The coach, Jim Zorn is in need of a great deal of luck and someone who can best assist him in navigating this journey. So far the direction that they’re said to be going in bears no resemblance of the desired destination sought by the fans of the Washington Redskins , or that of its owner , Daniel Snyder. They’ve been aimlessly wandering around and plummeting the depths of mediocrity. That it’s hard to empathize with the franchise or its owner.

A somewhat comical view as to who Snyder ought to hire .
Be sure to watch this in its entirety , it’s a hoot !

Jim  Zorn  (center)  and  team  owner   Daniel  Snyder  (right) at the  team's   training  facility   in  Ashburn  ,  Virginia  .    picture  appears  courtesy  of   getty images/   Chris    Hendricks    ........................
Jim Zorn (center) and team owner Daniel Snyder (right) at the team's training facility in Ashburn , Virginia . picture appears courtesy of getty images/ Chris Hendricks ........................

We can all agree upon the fact that this is an organization that in one way or another has seemingly continued to suck. And they’ll carry on doing so , for the foreseeable future ! Not because they want to but merely because it’s now become a part of their inherent psyche.