Jim Zorn is the new head coach of the Washington Drunken Savages. There is no way to portray this as the original plan. The original plan, we've heard, was to get Jim Zorn as the offensive coordinator (already a pretty big promotion from Quarterbacks Coach, which what Zorn was doing in Seattle before getting hired away by the Skins).
The reason most people, looking for thoughtful logic in the odd way the Skins have approached this coaching search, was that the table was being set for Jim Fassel, by getting his preferred coordinators hired first.
Ladies and Gentlemen, this is why you don't hire your coordinators first. Presumably, someone over at the Skins braintrust stopped getting high and watching the Aqua Teen Hunger Force movie long enough to realize that they were seriously getting ready to hire Jim Fassel. An intervention occurred, and that mistake was averted. Oh, but what to do about all the embarrassing promises they had made whilst high and drunk?
They probably realized that no self-respecting coach was going to come in with absolutely no say on his coordinators. They had already fired just about everyone who had been with the organization that they could have promoted from within with any credibility. So they were left with a choice--fire or reassign the guys they had just hired as coordinators, and cop to being woefully disorganized, and start up the entire process all over again. Or they could make a show of confidence, and announce they had a great head coach hired all along. Guess which route made the most sense to Dan Snyder and Vinny Cerrato?
The Drunken Savages, just 2 months ago, were being guided by a practical Holy Trinity of coaching--Joe Gibbs, Al Saunders, and Gregg Williams. It will now be led by a Quarterbacks coach and a Defensive Line coach (Greg Blanche). Will it work? Maybe--who knows what Zorn is capable of doing. But if he is successful, it will be luck that made the Skins promote him twice in two weeks, not careful planning and thoughtful deliberation.
Expect a large number of editorials like this one.