The Washington Redskins fired Coach Jim Zorn this morning, ending a two-year stint that began with his surprising elevation from an obscure quarterbacks coach and finished with a dismissal that seemed inevitable after the Redskins' disastrous four-win season.
"The status quo is not acceptable," General Manager Bruce Allen said in a statement. "I felt it was necessary to not waste a moment of time to begin building this team into a winner."
The Redskins will hold a press conference at 12:30 p.m., at which Allen will discuss the decision. The team announced the firing at 7:40 a.m. on ESPN 980, after initial reports on WRC and WUSA.
"It's a reality. We've been hearing about it for a long time," offensive coordinator Sherman Smith said via CSN Washington. "I'm sad. Jim's a good friend and I think he's a good coach, and I think he came here with a lot of hope of wanting to help the Redskins get back to being that team that they were in the early '90s and late '80s when they were winning Super Bowls. I'm sad about that."