D.C.’s Newest Scandal

By Lloyd Vance, BASN Staff Reporter
Updated: October 21, 2009

Jason Campbell

Jason Campbell

PHILADELPHIA (BASN) — On a day where the Eagles surprisingly left their heads in Philadelphia before an embarrassing loss to the Raiders and the Titans “quit” in a 59-0 bludgeoning at the hands of the Patriots, the NFL got a real view of what “Rock Bottom” is in Washington D.C.

The Washington Redskins (2-4) continued to be the laughingstock of the NFL, despite the presence of winless teams like the Rams, Titans, and Buccaneers, in a putrid 14-6 home loss to the formerly winless Kansas City Chiefs (1-5).

The Chiefs improbable win marked the third time that Redskins had allowed a formerly winless team to beat them. Entering Sunday, the Chiefs — had lost 28 of its previous 30 games – were ranked pretty much last in the NFL in almost every defensive category while allowing 27.6 points and 402.8 yards per game.

So how did the Redskins and their West Coast offensive guru head coach Jim Zorn treat the Chiefs. Well the Redskins — or as my colleague Lake Lewis of Sport Journey radio calls them “The Deadskins” — managed just 265 yards of total offense and gained only 7 first downs.

While turning the ball over 2 times, committing 7 penalties resulting in 63 yards, and going only 2 for 14 on third-down conversions.

What a mess, to say the least. FedEx field that easily holds over 90,000 fans was half-full or half-empty, depending on your outlook for the ‘Skins. In all the madness, Zorn in his infinite wisdom decided to pin the Redskins woes on his starting quarterback, Jason Campbell, who he replaced at halftime.

Granted Campbell was not at his greatest Sunday – finished with numbers 9/16, 89 yards, 0 TDs, and 1 INT – but his replacement veteran backup Todd Collins was probably worse.

Collins (6/14, 75 yards, 0 TDs, 0 INTs and 2 Fumbles both recovered by the Skins) did connected with WR Santana Moss on a 42-yard strike on his first pass (led to a field goal), but from there it was “Check-down City”.

Overall, Collins was tentative in the pocket and took too many sacks including a safety (sacked in the endzone by Chiefs DE Tamba Ali) in the game’s desperate closing minutes.

Zorn in explaining why he benched Campbell said, “He was a little late in hitting some things and inaccurate.” Hey Zorn…I wonder if you have a mirror? To me it was ridiculous that the Redskins headman would look at anyone other than himself for his team’s ineptness.

The Redskins defense didn’t allow a touchdown (four Ryan Succop field goals and a safety), sacked Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassell 5 times and allowed only 268 net yards, despite playing with bad field position over and over (Chiefs started their final four drives in Redskins territory).

The Redskins’ offense now is averaging only 13.2 points per game this season and hasn’t scored more than 17 in any game despite playing facing six consecutive winless opponents (first team in NFL history).

Zorn began his postgame news conference with a huge sigh then rightfully stepped forward to face the awful music – with the loss to the Chiefs, the Redskins are now 4-10 in their last 14 games. Of his team’s offensive effort Zorn said, “This offense is better than six points, 100 percent. And that’s on me”. You are right Zorn!!

However the Redskins organization did send a loud and clear message to their beleaguered head coach immediately after the game. According to Redskins spokesman Zack Bolno, VP of Football Operations Vinny Cerrato told Zorn that he had too many responsibilities and someone else (insert name: “Sherman Lewis”) should run the offense during games.

In case you didn’t know, Lewis (West Coast coach from the ’90s Green Bay Packers) had been added to Zorn’s staff in early October without the coach’s knowledge.

As if the addition of Lewis as an “offensive consultant” wasn’t a big enough slap in the face of Zorn, now a guy that has been out of the NFL for over five years and someone he didn’t even want will be calling his team’s offensive plays from here on out.

Quite frankly, I have to admit that I find it hilarious how Redskins owner Daniel Snyder and his staff have continued sawing off Zorn piece-by-piece without actually firing him. With the angry Philadelphia Eagles, fresh off an embarrassing loss to the Raiders, coming to town in Week 7, the Redskins should expect another humiliating home loss.

So rest assured, the inevitable firing of Zorn will soon be upon us, probably during the Redskins’ bye week in Week 8. “It’s going to be a very hard week,” Zorn said. “Last week, I thought that was as hard as it can get. It just got harder.”

Stay tuned as something stinky needs to be cleaned up in the Nation’s Capital and it has nothing to do with politics.