Dead Man Walking

September 30th, 2009

Joe’s going to start looking ahead to the Bucs’ next opponent, the equally putrid Washington Redskins.

(Whoops, sorry Ronde. Joe didn’t mean to be negative. We both know Joe is the culprit for both the Bucs and Redskins having combined for an 1-5 record so far this year. Joe apologizes).

When a team starts out as bad as both the Bucs and Redskins have, it’s easy to understand how the natives will grow so restless, that there would be talk about unloading the coach.

Joe’s already heard (and read comments on this very site) that Raheem the Dream should be removed. Joe thinks that’s horribly premature. Raheem the Dream has only coached three games for goodness sakes. Even Woody Cummings of the Tampa Tribune wrote recently that Raheem the Dream is safe through the end of the 2010 season. So let’s not even go there.

The man who coaches the Bucs’ equally hapless opponent this week, Jim Zorn of the Redskins, does not have the same luxury. He works for a sawed off tyrant with a necktie too tight (Danny Snyder) who changes coaches nearly as often as he changes underwear.

Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post details some of the district’s outcries for Zorn’s head, one of which comes from former Redskins stud Brian Mitchell.

“They have a coach, a head coach who is very low key. He gives the little funny talks and he says things and he’s honest. Can he get his damn team to play football? I don’t think so.”

If the Redskins lose in successive weeks to the horrid Lions and then the Bucs to go 1-3 to start the season, Joe cannot imagine Zorn keeping his job longer than it takes to clean out the trash after Sunday’s game at FedEx Field.

Sure, firing Zorn would be like firing three coaches (head coach, offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach). But when has logic ever stopped Snyder? At the rate his Redskins are going, Zorn might have better luck running one of Snyder’s bankrupt amusement parks or maybe one of  Snyder’s one-lung radio stations. 

Unless the Redskins perform a miracle and somehow get into the playoffs, Joe believes that Zorn is a dead man walking.

12 Responses to “Dead Man Walking”

  1. Eric in DC Says:

    Redskins have one win, against the Rams. Although they won 9-7, the fans began calling radio stations the following morning calling for Zorn to be fired.
    I guess this is the impact that a top free agent has on your team. Haynesworth???

  2. Dave Says:

    The Redskins are 1-2, as they beat the Rams.

  3. 4skins Says:

    Just as a heads up the redskins are actually 1-3 they beat the Rams

  4. Joe Says:

    Thanks for the heads up guys. Joe forgot the Redskins barely beat the Rams scoring only field goals.

    That, in theory, is a loss. 🙂


    You may be right. That’s one reason why Joe wasn’t all bent out of shape the Bucs didn’t land Haynesworth.

  5. Dave Says:

    I think that Glazer supporters can point to the Haynesworth signing as evidence that the Bucs ownership hasn’t gone cheap, but rather won’t ridiculously bid up contracts. Also, it shows that even big money signings don’t necessarily produce wins. To me, our biggest problems have come with failure to draft top level defensive linemen and offensive line depth in the past several drafts.

  6. Joe Says:


    The Bucs had some good offensive line depth until this year when Arron Sears went into hiding and Jeff Faine got hurt.

    As for the draft (in general), you hit the nail on the head my friend.

  7. Paul Says:

    Could this game be the Bucs best shot at winning a game this season? I do see the Bucs going 1-15 this season, so I’ll be rooting for Josh Johnson. I think this kid has a great chance at being a very productive NFL QB. Best of luck JJ.

    I still respectfully disagree with you Joe, Raheem needs to go very soon. Before the bye week hopefully.

  8. Joe Says:


    Could this game be the Bucs best shot at winning a game this season?

    Joe believes this week will be the Bucs best shot at a win until after the break, although one can make an argument for a win at home against Carolina next week.

  9. mr. Lucky Says:

    Joe wrote:

    “The Bucs had some good offensive line depth until this year when Arron Sears went into hiding and Jeff Faine got hurt.”

    Hunh? You call that good line depth? You lose 2 (two) players and caput?

    Good starting line-up but NO DEPTH is more like it.

  10. BigMacAttack Says:

    And the new Coach of the Washington Redskins is……………………
    Jon Gruden

  11. JK Says:

    Tampa will make the Redskins look like world beaters.

  12. RastaMon Says:

    I don’t think Zorn has ever lost to the Bucs……I suspect he’ll break hearts again