Sunday, March 29, 2015

For years, the only thing the Redskins could count on is change

Over the last decade, the Washington Redskins have employed six head coaches.

Since 1999, the Redskins have burned through more than a half-dozen "No. 1" quarterbacks. None started more than 42 games.

Since Dan Snyder bought the Redskins in 2000 - well, let running back Clinton Portis finish the thought.

"I've been here for 6 years. I've been enduring change since I've been here," Portis said. "We've done had a new this, a new that, a change in quarterback . . . That's what it is around here. Change."

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    In fact, it must have felt like a landmark moment Friday when the team announced that something wouldn't change - that coach Jim Zorn would keep his job through the end of the season.

    "That should relieve a lot of tension and a lot of stress," quarterback Jason Campbell said. "Guys don't have to worry about thinking about it or talking about it. We were the soap opera for the NFL the last 2 weeks, so hopefully it'll calm down a little bit."

    Snyder's do-something-now reputation is such that Zorn hadn't even finished his rookie season last year before questions arose about his job status - yet he finished 8-8. The owner spent the offseason trying to find yet another franchise quarterback, trying to acquire first Jay Cutler and then Mark Sanchez, irritating Campbell to no end. An emphasis on free agents gave the Redskins the oldest roster in the league on opening day, and only nine of their 22 starters were either drafted by the team or signed as rookie free agents.

    "It's been a lot of changes and different things," Campbell said, "and sometimes that can mess up the continuity of things developing at a faster pace, but those things are things we can't worry about."

    Campbell was speaking on the day he learned of the latest major change. Sherm Lewis, who joined the team less than 3 weeks ago as a consultant, is the new play-caller for the offense. The front office told Zorn he should give up playcalling after last week's 14-6 loss to Kansas City.

    "I'm just going to go out and do what my responsibilities are and try to be as attentive as I can be," Zorn said, "so when I'm called upon do my job, I can come through. It'll be very awkward in that I'm not calling the plays. I don't know how it's going to feel."

    Meanwhile, former Redskins coach Joe Gibbs said yesterday he has no plans to return to the struggling team.

    Gibbs laughed when asked at Martinsville Speedway about rumors and Internet reports that he could return to the team as an adviser or even general manager.

    "That's what it is. Talk," the owner of three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams said. "Right here's where I'm GMing."

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