Heat Rises on Zorn, Jauron
Now that the NFL season has begun to take on a distinct flavor, the relatively early returns do not bode well for two coaches with job-security issues.
Second-year Washington Redskins coach Jim Zorn is receiving considerable criticism for his team's 2-3 record that includes losses to two previously winless teams - the Detroit Lions and, on Sunday, the Carolina Panthers.
Buffalo Bills coach Dick Jauron, who lost eight of his final 10 games last season to finish 7-9, has his team at 1-4 after a 6-3 loss to the previously winless Cleveland Browns at home.
Zorn, who went 8-8 in 2008, last week faced the indignity of the hiring of West Coast offense "adviser" Sherman Lewis.
The Redskins coach kept a brave face Monday. "I ask myself questions," Zorn told news reporters. " 'What are we doing? Are we doing it right? Do we have the elements we need to be a successful offense? Has the scheme taken advantage of our opponents? Are we changing things up that can't be found out in certain elements?' The answers to those questions are sometimes yes and sometimes unchanging.
"The overall picture is that we've got to keep pushing. I don't have a lot of time devoted to worrying about my job status if I do a good job."
Jauron, who coached the Chicago Bears from 1999 to 2003, on Monday shouldered the responsibility for his team's struggles this season.
"I clearly haven't been able to reach (the players) and help them, so I understand the criticism," said Jauron, who is in his fourth season with Buffalo and is 22-31 overall with the Bills.