Redskins coach Jim Zorn is not in an enviable position, to say the least.
His boss, Redskins VP of football operations Vinny Cerrato, resigned his position early Thursday, saying he agreed with owner Daniel Snyder the franchise needed “someone different in this position.” A couple hours later, Snyder announced Bruce Allen was hired as general manager.
And in the middle of it all is Zorn, originally hired as offensive coordinator, then as head coach, and later stripped of his play-calling duties as the Redskins struggled on offense this season. NFL Network insider Jason La Canfora posted earlier that he continues to hear from league sources that Mike Shanahan remains the most likely choice to take over as the Redskins’ head coach in 2010.
More a matter of “when” and less a matter of “if.”
Still, Zorn stood in front of reporters on Thursday and answered the question of whether he’s a lame-duck coach or if he expects a fair shot from Allen to keep his job.
“I think what I’m going to do is work as hard as I possibly can,” Zorn said. “Not to try to save my job, but to continue to work the way we’re working so that we can bring a winner to this program. That’s really what I set out to do right from the beginning. Then I hope Bruce will observe, and … it will truly be up to him, because of the position he’s in, because of the work he’s going to accomplish, because of the desires he has, and the experiences he has. He’s been in some tremendous situations around this league.
“I think this is a fortunate thing, not an unfortunate thing, for our football program, for me as a head football coach not to just say ‘See you later, thanks for everything,’ but to really take a look and see what we’re doing. Maybe he’ll like what he sees.”
Zorn said his only concern was Monday night’s game against the Giants, and the only thing he can control is winning and showing his compentency as a coach.
Zorn was asked if he expects a fair evaluation but refused to speculate about what will happen over the next few weeks.
“I know that Bruce will be working very hard to see the climate, to see all of the things that he’s looking for, all those elements that he’s going to be looking for in our football program. I hope that we have many conversations, and I hope that we can be compatable ,work together and accomplish a lot — accomplish the goals of this football team. Those are the things that I’m hoping for.”