Watching the slowly unfolding debacle that is the end of the
Other than financially, has anyone been better off after going to work for
Zorn and his previously good name is the latest casualty, but he's far from alone in finding out how much a big payday in Washington really costs you.
And let's not forget some respected veteran assistant coaches who passed through Washington in the last decade, and weren't necessarily enhanced by the experience.
As for all the big-name players who have filtered through the Redskins locker room these past 10 years, cashing check after generous check, who among them enjoyed success in D.C. to match anything they accomplished elsewhere? Certainly not
One national radio host put it rather fittingly while I was on air with him recently: "The Redskins are the reverse car wash. You come in clean, but you leave dirty.'' I myself once got the Redskins management in a tizzy by stating the obvious, that Snyder seems imbued with an "impeccable reverse Midas Touch.'' Other than his knack for adding financial value to his billion-dollar-plus franchise, everything he touches turns into something considerably less than gold.
And now we have Zorn's sad and ugly denouement to add to the list of failures in Washington. He's about to lose a job he never really sought in the first place, while the duties he actually wanted have already been taken away in humiliating fashion. He signed on to be the Redskins offensive coordinator and play-caller, after presumed front-running head coaching candidate
It could be that this time, with the cumulative weight of his decade-long track record on his back, Snyder will face a very difficult sell to one of the big-name, Super Bowl-winning head coaches who are available. Maybe $7 million a year is all that will need to be said, but maybe
The Redskins tend to somehow diminish almost everyone they employ, and while the money's always good, the results usually aren't. So be careful what you wish for, Messrs. Shanahan, Gruden, Cowher or Holmgren. How much do you value your good name? Based on recent history, becoming the next coach of the Redskins just isn't worth it. No matter how much loot is dangled in front of your eyes.
• The story about new Redskins play-caller
• So you want to be an NFL head coach? Look around at the picnic that job is. There's Zorn in Sunday's postgame setting, sighing heavily into the microphone and looking like he needs a hug. There's an irritated
• I'm starting to think that the biggest losses any teams suffered this offseason were in Baltimore and Tennessee, where the Ravens and Titans saw defensive coordinators Rex Ryan and
The Ravens and Titans went a combined 24-8 last year in the regular season, but they're already topped that loss total at 3-9 through six weeks of 2009. Clearly something has gone terribly wrong on defense in Baltimore and Tennessee.
• You can't overestimate the potential devastating impact to the Jets season created by the loss of defensive tackle
Without Jenkins in the lineup, all three segments of the Jets defense have been weakened.
• And while we're thinking of New York, it had to be a little disconcerting to the Jets to see how much rookie quarterback
Sanchez better work on his wind game, or he'll end up being known as the NFL's Mr. September.
• I know the Bucs are hesitant to throw rookie first-round quarterback
• The most astounding Week 6 statistic that somehow escaped my attention on Sunday? It's that the Eagles, 13-9 losers to the Raiders, were the first team in three years to fail to score a touchdown against Oakland.
Wow. I knew Philly's loss was bad. But that really puts into perspective just how bad.
• After a lot of us talking heads declared the league's bottom rung the worst in recent memory, with teams like the Raiders, Chiefs, Rams, Bucs, and Bills being almost historically bad, Week 6 proved once again that nobody knows nothing in the NFL. The Raiders, Chiefs and Bills all won Sunday, so I guess they're not hopeless for the time being.
• When anyone said
Remarkably enough given the wintry conditions that descended on Gillette Stadium on Sunday, that's the part of the Patriots game that returned against Tennessee. The deep-ball passing game is back in New England, and that means Brady, and his ability to put the ball on the numbers way down field, is back. Which is very bad news for the rest of the AFC.
• It took me a while, but I finally figured out what the 0-6 Titans are up to. They're angling for the 2010 first overall pick, and the shot to draft their top choice of the franchise quarterbacks who are projected to populate next year's first round. That's why Jeff Fisher refuses to start
Somehow I don't think Tennessee will be taking another ex-Longhorn quarterback in