Tag:Jim Zorn
Posted on: October 18, 2009 9:08 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2009 9:47 am

Zorn agrees to give up play calling

With another miserable showing by Washington's offense, there will be changes. Coach Jim Zorn has agreed to relinquish the play calling, sources close to the club said Sunday night. Zorn met with the team's vice president of football operations, Vinny Cerrato, shortly after Sunday's loss to Kansas City and agreed to Cerrato's request to give up the play calling.

Cerrato proposed the idea, it was said, to take some of the load off Zorn's shoulders. Cerrato two weeks ago proposed adding offensive consultant Sherman Lewis to help Zorn get the club out of its offensive funk, and Zorn agreed to that idea. But Lewis' addition has changed little. The question, of course, is who will replace Zorn? That will be decided at a Monday morning meeting between Zorn and Cerrato, it was said. Zorn will make the announcement later Monday.  

Category: NFL
Posted on: October 6, 2009 5:32 pm
Edited on: October 6, 2009 5:38 pm

Redskins VP Cerrato behind Sherman Lewis hire

The idea to hire Sherman Lewis as an offensive consultant in Washington belongs to Vinny Cerrato, the Redskins' executive vice president of football operations, but make no mistake: Coach Jim Zorn is on board with it.

Cerrato approached Zorn on Monday after the team struggled to beat Tampa Bay and when he made his suggestion Zorn said he would have no problem. "Of course," Cerrato said, "it has to be the right guy. And Sherman fit all of the qualifications."

Lewis worked for coach Mike Holmgren as Zorn worked for him. Lewis knows Holmgren's offense and what is and is not supposed to do. So hiring him, Cerrato said, was "to get a fresh set of eyes here to help the offensive coaches."

The move is similar to one San Francisco made in 1996 when Cerrato was the team's director of player personnel. The 49ers hired former coach Bill Walsh to serve as a consultant for offensive coordinator Marc Trestman, then in his second season with the club. Walsh would sit with Trestman during games and make suggestions, and the plan had mixed results: The 49ers reached the playoffs, where they won a game, but they bowed out in the divisional round to Green Bay. Carolina, then in its second year, won the NFC West.

Lewis is expected to join the team shortly and to act "as one of the offensive assistants," said Cerrato. Washington has struggled to put up points, never scoring more than 17 points in any game, and that was the season-opening loss to the New York Giants.
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