Redskins fire Zorn

Redskins executive vice president/general manager Bruce Allen announced early Monday that Jim Zorn has been dismissed and will not return as the franchise’s coach in 2010.

Allen said Zorn was informed of the decision shortly after the team returned home from its 23-20 loss to the San Diego Chargers on Sunday.

Allen said his three-week game and preparation observations made the decision clear.

“The status quo is not acceptable,” Allen said. “I felt it was necessary to not waste a moment of time to begin building this team into a winner.”

Allen will hold a news conference in the Redskins Park auditorium at 12:30 p.m. ET.

NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora reports that former Broncos coach Mike Shanahan remains the top candidate to succeed Zorn, who was the fifth head coach in the 11 years since Daniel Snyder became owner of the Redskins.

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