Redskins Dismiss Zorn

The Redskins made the expected move on Monday by removing Jim Zorn as their head coach. It's been widely reported and speculated that Mike Shanahan will be hired to succeed Zorn.

As expected, the Washington Redskins fired head coach Jim Zorn. The team announced the move early Monday morning. The team informed Zorn of the decision shortly after the team returned from its 23-20 loss to the San Diego Chargers Sunday.

"The status quo is not acceptable. I felt it was necessary to not waste a moment of time to begin building this team into a winner," said Redskins executive vice president/general manager Bruce Allen.

Owner Daniel Snyder released a statement later on Monday.

"This has been an extremely difficult season for our organization and for the fans. Bruce Allen spent many hours examining the football operations, and we are both determined to do whatever it takes to build a championship team. That process begins today.

No one in the organization is satisfied with our record over the last two years, and I am sure that Jim would concur with that statement. It has been painful for him too. I certainly accept responsibility for mistakes that I have made. I am hopeful that our fans will accept my commitment and pledge to deliver a franchise that can compete in the NFC East every season.

Finally, I am mindful that this is a tough day for Jim and his family, and I do want to wish him success in his next endeavor."

When Zorn interviewed with the Redskins less than two years ago, a league source said he thought he was interviewing for the offensive coordinator job and really only was looking to handle that responsibility. He would up accepting that position after head coach Joe Gibbs retired, but Zorn wound up being offered the head-coaching job less than a month later.

With Zorn gone, that paves the way for the team to hire Mike Shanahan as the next head coach.

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