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Offensive Coordinator Al Saunders and Defensive Coordinator Gregg Williams have been fired, per this Yahoo! Sports article.  From the article:

The Washington Redskins fired assistants Gregg Williams and Al Saunders on Saturday, promoted Greg Blache to lead the team's defense and announced that a head coach would likely not be in place for at least another week.

The Redskins also formally announced the hiring of Jim Zorn, who agreed to a three-year deal Friday to lead the offense.

So... for those of you scoring at home, that's Zorn on O, Blanche on D and... well, no Head Coach.  The article mentions the names of Fassel, current Pats offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, as well as current Giants coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, for the position of HC.

It's a good thing head coaches are flexible by nature, you know, because otherwise they might want to put together their own staff.

And, even more damning, is the way that Snyder is treating his coaches.  Again, from the article (bold mine for emphasis):

A person familiar with the selection process told The Associated Press that the Redskins have granted the St. Louis Rams permission to interview both Williams and Saunders for coordinator positions. The person said the Rams had to seek permission because, even though Williams and Saunders were told they were being dismissed, the team hasn't formally terminated their contracts. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly on the subject.

Wow.  Not only has Dan waited until there are no more jobs, he is also keeping the now former coaches under contract, further keeping them from finding a job for next season.  Ben over at Curly R called it burning bridges, but I call it just plain mean.

The news is also at the official site.

By the way, welcome to the par-tay Mr. Zorn.