"It's time for me to rest, and fish," Fisher said. "I have total peace about this right now."Meanwhile, the Eagles' search for a defensive coordinator continues. Their season ended Jan. 9. In his press conference next day Andy Reid said that Sean McDermott would be retained as the defensive coordinator despite a sub par performance by the defense. Less than a week later, McDermott was out. A few days later defensive line coach Rory Segrest was shown the door out of the Novacare Complex. The slow-motion purge continued earlier this week when linebackers coach Bill Shuey was fired. Two of the three positions remain vacant. Philly did well in getting the highly regarded Jim Washburn from the Titans to be their defensive line coach (an event that may have been part of the reason for Fisher's departure from Tennessee). But almost three weeks after McDermott was fired the coordinator and linebacker spots remain vacant. Ruben Frank at CSNphilly.com has a good recap of where the situation stands now. There has not been much movement lately, indicating that the Eagles could be waiting to talk to assistant coaches on one of the Super Bowl teams. In particular, Frank mentions that Ruben Moss, Packers linebackers coach, could be on the list. Also under consideration is Todd Bowles, who played for the Redskins from1986-1990 and again in 1992-1993.
Now that Jim Washburn is here, could one of his most successful projects be next? Albert Haynesworth’s career is in tatters these days. He’s coming off a miserable second season with the Redskins, a year that started with him failing to pass the Redskins’ conditioning test and trying unsuccessfully to fit into the Redskins' 3-4 scheme and ended with him managing just 2 1/2 sacks and 13 tackles before being suspended for the final four games of the season by head coach Mike Shanahan for conduct detrimental to the team. Haynesworth has five years left on the seven-year, $100 million contract he signed with the Redskins just 23 months ago, but he does not appear to fit into the Redskins’ plans.
Another OC candidate the Seahawks are considering is Baltimore's Jim Zorn, a choice that would be popular in Seattle's locker room.Zorn was the quarterbacks coach for the Seahawks from 2001-2007 before coming to the Redskins and he is a legend in Seattle for his play as the team's first quarterback. So after being pumped as a possible candidate for the offensive coordinator's job in Cleveland this morning, he appears in the afternoon as the candidate for another job. This is not saying that Zorn is necessarily a bad candidate for an OC position and that teams should run away from him screaming just because he failed as the head coach of the Redskins. He certainly didn't have the best talent to work with or the best management structure in place. Zorn had his plate overloaded as quarterbacks coach, de facto offensive coordinator and head coach. Quite a load for someone who hadn't been a coordinator before. But nobody had mentioned him as a coordinator candidate before this morning and now, according to reports, he has two teams that want to talk to him. Have to wonder if his agent is working the phones and trying to stir up some a promotion for his client.
Danny Smith is one of the reasons you want to go to work everyday at Redskins Park as a player... unique coach. Danny Smith is great. Big for Coach Shanahan to have him on the staff. Can put him up there with Bobby April as tops in the NFL.While the players love Smith, how do they perform on the field? Take a look at the feature article I just posted on the subject.