Zorn Gone, Redskins Woo Shanahan
Just hours after Jim Zorn was fired as Washington Redskins head coach Monday, his expected replacement, Mike Shanahan, landed at Dulles International Airport and was whisked away to meet with owner Dan Snyder and general manager Bruce Allen.
Zorn's two-year stint as coach - he went 12-20, losing 18 of his last 24 games - ended with Sunday's last-minute road loss to the San Diego Chargers. The Redskins finished 4-12, their worst record since 1994.
"I just know that last place is not Redskins football," Allen said Monday. "Last place two years in a row is not Redskins football."
Shanahan, the former Denver Broncos coach with two Super Bowl rings, is the odds-on favorite to become Snyder's seventh coach since he bought the Redskins in 1999.
Allen declined to discuss the hiring but said, "We have a good game plan of what we're going to do."
Zorn's dismissal on Black Monday was the first of what is expected to be several NFL coaching changes.
- The Buffalo Bills fired interim coach Perry Fewell and the entire coaching staff. Fewell, who went 3-4 after replacing Dick Jauron, is a candidate for the permanent job.
- The New York Giants fired defensive coordinator Bill Sheridan after the team allowed 427 points, third most in the NFL this season.
- The Oakland Raiders are expected to fire Tom Cable after he went 5-11 in his first full season. Cable had off-the-field issues and said he would meet with owner Al Davis next week.
- Lovie Smith's Chicago Bears went 7-9 and missed the playoffs for the third consecutive season. The team has scheduled a news conference for 3 p.m. ET today.
- Cleveland Browns first-year coach Eric Mangini might have saved his job with a season-ending four-game winning streak. His fate will be decided by new GM Mike Holmgren.
"(There are) two kinds of coaches: Ones that have been fired, and ones that are going to get fired," said Dallas Cowboys coach Wade Phillips, who might have saved his job by winning the NFC East. "If you don't think it's going to happen, you're wrong."