1. Pro Bowl selections.
Fullback Mike Sellers deserves to go simply for his lead blocking ahead of Clinton Portis. Sellers is an excellent blocker on the isolation plays. He struggles when forced to make a choice between two defenders, but the isolation play takes a lot of the guesswork out of it for him. It's good that he got some touches lately, but that hasn't exactly helped the offense. The more he touches the ball, the less the playmakers get it and since Sellers has been more involved, the offense has struggled. It's not his fault, but it's symptomatic of their problems.
2. The other three.
Clinton Portis, Chris Cooley and Chris Samuels all earned spots as reserves. It's hard to argue with Portis; actually you really can't. He's the NFL's third leading rusher. He's not explosive, but he is tough and he's the main reason the offense worked so well early in the season. Cooley deserves it as well considering he has 73 catches (though just one touchdown). Samuels? For a while he was playing well, but once he hurt his knee his effectiveness waned. Glad to see him get it; but …
3. Jim Zorn's introspection.
Good for Zorn for saying he would take a look at himself first. Believe me, those were welcome words to players. Not everybody points the finger at him, but many do have issues. And when a team is losing nobody20wants to hear how it's mostly execution. It got Norv Turner in trouble. But Norv was so insecure that he couldn't point the finger at himself. Zorn is just honest. When he says it's execution I really don't doubt him. But some things you just don't say; Joe Gibbs believed some of the same stuff, but he would not say it publicly. Heck, he wouldn't share things privately either. Other coaches most certainly do.
It will be hard, but Zorn can pull it off. He must improve the way he communicates with players. It's not just about players not knowing they're going to play less. It's about how things are communicated on a daily basis. Zorn wants players to come to him, but one vet said the players are told to first talk to the captains or position coach. There's a protocol. That's fine. And maybe if they were winning it wouldn't be an issue. Actually, it probably wouldn't be. The big problem, from our perspective, is that Zorn is trying to do too much as a rookie coach. Baltimore's John Harbaugh is in charge of the team, not the offense or the defense. Makes a difference. Zorn said he hasn't lost energy for the job, his way to measure if he's doing too much. But that's not the point. It's not about the energy, it's about being available to be the head coach.
5. Vinny C.
Will he ever get fired? I never thought so before, but owner Dan Snyder surely can't be happy with the abuse this organization will take if they lose the next two games and he then makes a coaching move. It will be an admission that they made a huge mistake. Or that they were again impatient. And if he wants to restore credibility, there's only one way for that to happen: Bill Cowher. We've heard that Cowher would not want to come here, but others have said the same thing. Money talks. If Cowher did come, Vinny would be gone. Would he be ousted if Zorn stays? That's hard to say. But the next round of stories will start to detail the problems this franchise has had with draft picks and free agents. Who is in charge of that? The stories examining this team will not end with the coach and that's bad news for Cerrato.
John Keim covers the Redskins for the Washington Examiner and is a contributing editor for Warpathinsiders.com. He has covered the team since 1994. Some of his other stories can be found at dcexaminer.com
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