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Jim Zorn To Relinquish Playcalling Duties

Posted by Matt Terl on October 18, 2009 – 8:47 pm

So here’s what happened, as it was explained to the assembled media by the folks in Redskins PR:

After today’s loss to the Chiefs, head coach Jim Zorn had a private meeting with executive vice president of football operations Vinny Cerrato, where Cerrato said to Zorn, “I believe you have too much on your plate. Let’s take some responsibility off you. I want you to succeed; I want someone else to call the play.”

Zorn said “I don’t disagree,” and now the two are going to meet tomorrow morning to finalize who the new playcaller will be.
Zorn will be having his usual Monday 12:25 availability tomorrow, and the new playcaller should be announced then.

The playcaller will be someone currently on the staff; the obvious candidates are all named Sherman: offensive coordinator Sherman Smith, or consultant and professional extra set of eyes Sherman Lewis. Longshots might include offensive assistant Chris Meidt, a trusted confidant of Zorn’s who works closely with the quarterbacks; tight ends coach Scott Wachenheim, who called plays on the college level; assistant head coach/running backs Stump Mitchell, who’s extremely familiar with the offense; 32 year coaching vet Joe Bugel; or wide receivers coach Stan Hixon.

One way or another, we’ll know tomorrow. For now, who do you think should get the job?


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