The handwriting is almost certainly on the wall for head coach Jim Zorn of my beloved Washington Redskins. Jim Zorn says he wants to stay and finish the job but, does any SERIOUSLY think Jim Zorn will still be the coach as of say next Wednesday? I don’t.
I am fairly certain that the one thing Dan Snyder and Bruce Allen spoke about before Bruce Allen said he’d come aboard was that Bruce runs the team and Dan Snyder stays away and signs the checks. Sort of like how Bobby Beathard handled Jack Kent Cooke. Otherwise, I don’t see Bruce Allen agreeing to take the job.
That said, will Bruce Allen hire Mike Shanahan? Everyone seems to think so.
Adam Hankins over at BleacherReport.com thinks so too and says that the Shana-plan may include quite a few changes:
Now that Jim Zorn’s firing is a foregone conclusion, Redskins fans can look forward to the positive changes of the near future. Dan Snyder has his finger on the trigger of the deal to bring Mike Shanahan to D.C.
What are some of the moves that can be expected from Shanahan?
- First, and most obvious, the entire coaching staff will be replaced with his own people. Who is on that list? Kyle Shanahan, his son and for now the Houston Texans offensive coordinator, will be the new Redskins offensive coordinator. As for the rest of the staff, we can only speculate until the actual announcements.
- Mike Shanahan will want to have his own hand-picked quarterback to develop. Consistent success on offense is dependent on having a franchise quarterback, and Shanahan knows this as well as anybody in the league.Look for Jason Campbell to be gone before next season, and for the Redskins to pick either Sam Bradford or Jimmy Clausen in the draft. In addition, Shanahan will probably bring in a veteran to handle the offense until the rookie can learn the ropes.
- A lot of veterans will be cut or traded. Shanahan and Bruce Allen will be making some extreme changes to the roster. They will actively concentrate on rebuilding with youth, and cleaning up the salary cap in a year when there will be no implications. Don’t be surprised by some shocking moves such as trading Chris Cooley and LaRon Landry and cutting Clinton Portis.
Cross posted to SportingNews.com