Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley
As we discussed this morning, the Washington Post reported that three prominent Redskins players would like for management to make a public statement in support of coach Jim Zorn so they can stop answering questions about his job security. Asked about the story Thursday, Zorn said he didn't need an endorsement from anyone to continue doing his job.
"I can't speak for those guys, because they're grown men," Zorn said. "I think we're all together. I don't think that that has to be done for me to feel better about myself and what we're doing. I think Mr. [Daniel] Snyder, he's tried to help in every way he can to get this team the way it needs to be. And sometimes, you know, it's a process. So, I can't answer more to that question."
I mean what do we expect the guy to say at this point? Mr. Snyder and his right-hand man, Vinny Cerrato, have left Zorn dangling in the wind because they don't want to say anything definitive. Zorn's handled this situation with as much grace and dignity as one could expect. And he'd look completely weak to start asking for a statement from management.
If the Redskins can get past the winless Chiefs on Sunday, they'll have a "Monday Night Football" matchup at FedEx with the Eagles. If they somehow beat the Eagles, I think Snyder needs to come out and commit to Zorn for the rest of the season. If the Skins lose that game, my gut tells me that Snyder will fire Zorn and go with an interim coach -- and it's not going to be offensive consultant Sherman Lewis.
My best guess would be secondary coach Jerry Gray as the interim, and Lewis could call the plays. Gray's been a defensive coordinator in the league and he's well-liked by both the players and management. If you'd asked me a few weeks ago, I would've pointed to defensive coordinator Greg Blache. But he reportedly has some health issues and I'm not sure he'd be up to the task.