NFL Notebook: Zorn may be fired today
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The Washington Redskins plan to fire coach Jim Zorn today, an official within the NFL told The Associated Press.
The Redskins plan to make the move on the day after the end of a disappointing regular season. Washington struggled early despite a weak schedule and finished 4-12 after losing, 23-20, in its finale against the San Diego Chargers.
The official spoke on condition of anonymity because no formal announcement has been made.
Zorn's dismissal has been expected for months. The front office stripped him of his play-calling duties in late October, and owner Dan Snyder has interviewed assistant coach Jerry Gray for the job, according to the Fritz Pollard Alliance, which monitors minority hiring in the NFL.
With the Rooney Rule satisfied, the Redskins are free to act quickly to hire a replacement for Zorn. Former Denver Broncos coach Mike Shanahan is considered the favorite.
Zorn's replacement will be Washington's seventh coach since Snyder bought the team in 1999. Playing a substantial part in the decision will be Bruce Allen, who was hired as the general manager last month.
Peyton Manning completed seven passes to Dallas Clark, allowing him to become the NFL's second tight end to have a 100-catch season, joining Tony Gonzalez. Reggie Wayne also had five catches against Buffalo to reach 100 for the second time in his career. Manning finished with an even 4,500 yards passing, 57 short of matching his 2004 career-high.
Terrell Owens had four catches for 65 yards against the Colts, giving him 14,951 for his career, to move ahead of Tim Brown for third place on the NFL's receptions list.
San Francisco tight end Vernon Davis scored his 13th touchdown with a 73-yard reception from Alex Smith. Davis, a Pro Bowler for the first time in his career, tied Antonio Gates' NFL record by a tight end for touchdown catches.
First Published January 4, 2010 12:00 am