After the Redskins again lost to a previously winless team Sunday, owner Daniel Snyder was highly upset, according to team sources, and didn’t fly home on the team plane.
That in and of itself isn’t entirely unusual, particularly with the league meetings scheduled for Monday through Wednesday in Boston. But Redskins coach Jim Zorn‘s job remains in jeopardy after the 20-17 loss to the Panthers, and with defensive coordinator Greg Blache no longer talking to the media because of a health condition and nearing the end of his coaching career, those close to the 2-3 team see two candidates as possible interim replacements should Zorn be fired in-season.
Snyder has long spoken highly of Danny Smith, his fiery special teams coach. Smith is often found close to Zorn on the sideline when the coach has major decisions to make during a game. Other coaches currently on staff could help Smith run special teams if he took on the role of interim head coach, and the hiring of offensive consultant Sherman Lewis last week gives the team someone to manage that side of the ball should Zorn be let go.
Secondary coach Jerry Gray also would be an option. He is handling Blache’s media obligations and, with the coordinator contemplating retirement in recent years, has been seen as a candidate to eventually replace him.
Snyder blocked Smith from interviewing for a special teams job with the Packers during the offseason and kept Gray from interviewing for the Texans’ defensive coordinator opening as well. Both Smith and Gray have strong personalities, and players respond well to them.
If either were named to replace Zorn as the Redskins’ interim head coach, I wouldn’t be surprised. With Lewis just joining the team Wednesday, making a move this week would be difficult, but with the bye looming in Week 8, a change this month wouldn’t surprise many around the league.