I've said on a post before that we need to consider the last two years a "wash" in Washington. We were coached by Jim Zorn for crying out loud. Now, I know a lot of you think "Jim Zorn's a nice guy", to which I will agree. But "nice guys" finish last, and surely, that's where we
are were. Yes, we can blame Snyder for selecting him as an Offensive Coordinator. We can even stomp the gates of FedEx field for Snyder making Zorn the Head Coach. But Zorn wasn't that nice of a guy to turn down money. No, no, no. Zorn was just like every other Free Agent that came through Washington looking for a paycheck, except he didn't have the "big name" associated with it.
I've read countless blogs comments discussing the disarray of the Redskins, especially offensively, and I don't see much acknowledgement of Zorn's part in all of this. Why isn't he to blame for accepting a job that he KNEW he was well over his head with??? That's like offering me a job as a neurosurgeon, and I've never held a scalpel in my life. But I take the job anyway, because it pays six figures and I get to tell all my friends I'm a doctor. Never mindthe countless jobs I've cost or the lives I've ruined, I'm getting paid.
Yes, Zorn is as much responsible as anyone for this two year embarrassment. The first thing he did, was try to establish "his own version" of the West Coast offense. An offense that has NEVER been seen. NEVER been used. Every play ran through him, with no audible rights given. Sure, it worked in his first eight games, but any real team adjusts. It was only a matter of time, before coaching staffs in the league watched enough game film on "his version" of the West Coast offense, before they shut it down. So what would a REAL coach do when that happens??? Adjust like the rest of them. Problem was, he made no adjustments, made no changes in his schemes, and when the injuries started to pile, he thought he could just plug in another player and walla, problem solved. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing repeatedly, expecting different results (not the actual Webster's definition, but don't be a wise @ss...)
And every week, it was the same speech after another losing effort. "We're going to go back and look at the tape". For what??? I would have had much more respect for him if he got up in front of the media and said, "Guys, I don't have a clue as to what I'm doing". No, Zorn's not scottfree...
Coaches coach to the strength of their players. Players play to the strength of their coach. So for every play you saw Portis take off, a part of that goes on Zorn. Every pass that you thought that Campbell should have made, a part of that goes on Zorn. For every play that was called that made you want to throw something at the screen, a HUGE part of that goes on Zorn. Coaches demand respect and make the team play to their highest potential. And when you're a player that's playing for someone who hadn't called a play in the NFL before, how much respect did you think that locker room had?
And some would say, "Players still have to play". No they don't. Not in Washington. All they had to do was make enough noise to get a paycheck. I've worked for idiots before, and trust me, there's NOTHING that motivates you to come into work when you're working for one. Let's stop pointing blame to a QB, to a RB, to a WR, and recognize that they ALL were an incompetent bunch, because they followed behind an Incompetent Coach.
The blind lead the blind and they both fall into a ditch...
Time to dig ourselves out.