Posted on: October 23, 2009 10:41 am
So Vinny Cerrato says Jim Zorn will last the season.
It isn't because of his coaching prowess. The real reason is this: Who the hell wants the job on an interim basis?
Word is that defensive coordinator Greg Blache, the man most picked to take over, has said he doesn't want it. They couldn't give it to Sherman Lewis, the new play-caller, since he joined the team two weeks ago. They can't, right? How would the players react to that?
So there is no real candidate to take over on an interim basis and no coach in their right mind would ever take a job midway through the season.
Zorn is it.
What the Redskins are left with is an offensive coach who has been spade and neutered, his play-calling duties taken away this week.
Let the countdown begin until he goes at the end of the season and somebody like Mike Shanahan takes over.
Maybe Cerrato should be the one going. He's the man responsible for putting together that awful roster.
Posted on: September 21, 2009 6:48 pm
---After watching the replay of the Jets-Patriots game -- thank you to shortcuts on DirecTV -- I am convinced that Jets corner Darrelle Revis is now among the top four corners in the game. In the past two weeks, he's played great man coverage on Andre Johnson and Randy Moss. The Jets attack a lot, leaving their corners in man coverage, and yet Revis excelled in both games. Good cover corners are worth a ton. Revis is a star in the making.
----The Falcons have a budding star in left tackle Sam Baker. He did a heck of job on Julius Peppers when matched against him Sunday. He missed much of his rookie season, but Baker has a chance to get to the Pro Bowl in his second season.
---Brett Favre has a bent fingernail. What's next? Hemorrhoids. Don't we get tired of all his old-guy maladies? When's he calling for the Maalox?
---I'd take Philip Rivers on my team any day of the week. The toughness he shows is so impressive. He waits until just the right time to make his throws, taking shot after shot. We saw that in full color against the Ravens Sunday. Yet he threw for 423 yards. He took a beating. I love watching him play. That's how you play quarterback.
----Jacksonville Jaguars receiver Torry Holt reportedly is not happy with some of the play calling in Jacksonville. Really? When I talked to Holt earlier this summer, he wondered if there would be a lot of downfield passing plays called. There haven't been. But Holt is too classy to publicly complain. The word in Jacksonville is that offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter is too restricted in what he can call because quarterback David Garrard is so limited, which I've heard as well. Holt had to know how limited the passing game was when he signed.
---Don't go to sleep on that Cincinnati Bengals defense. It has a pair of really good corners, which allows pressure up front. Leon Hall and Jonathan Joseph are good players at corner. Their ability to cover led to some of the sacks Sunday against the Packers. Antwan Odom had five of them. Some were because Aaron Rodgers couldn't find somewhere to go with the football.
----The Cowboys have issues in the secondary. They need to settle on a starter at the one corner spot where they are alternating Orlando Scandrick and Mike Jenkins. I think the coaches would like to start Scandrick full time, but are unsure how Jenkins would handle being a full-time nickel corner. Scandrick did that last year, so he might be more accommodating. By the way, where was DeMarcus Ware against the Giants? Those secondary players need pressure.
---Don't you get the idea the Carolina Panthers will be sniffing around Bill Cowher next season? I do.
---The more I watch the New York Giants offense play the more I wonder why offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride can't get another head-coaching shot. He's worthy.