It seems like all too often, when I link to one of the major national columnists, it’s because they’ve written something that I think is dumb, or poorly written, or inaccurately critical of the Redskins fans. So it’s a pleasure this morning to point you to Jason Whitlock’s ranking of the NFL coaches on FOX Sports, which is — like most of his work — well written and fairly clever, and today has the added plus of being rather complimentary.
Can you guess where he ranks Jim Zorn, based solely on my comments thus far? If I had tried that, I would still have been off by at least two places:
The 10 Best
1. Redskins’ Jim Zorn: Doesn’t get near enough credit for turning Jason Campbell into a legitimate starting quarterback. Campbell was headed toward being a draft bust before Zorn arrived. Last year Todd Collins saved Washington’s season filling in for Campbell late. This season Campbell is completing 64 percent of his passes and has avoided the big mistakes while leading the Skins to a 6-3 start in the league’s best division.
Naysayers will argue that all this points to is that Zorn is an excellent quarterbacks coach, but even given that … it was hard to imagine people even having this conversation when Zorn was hired, which prompted such blog reaction as (language warning!) this and even got professional columnists to post things with titles like Jim Zorn to the Redskins: Probably the worst NFL hire of all-time.
Going from that to Whitlock’s praise and similar accolades from Charlie Casserly (as well as plenty of praise from local writers), all by week 11 of the first season coaching, has to be one of the biggest media turnarounds I can recall.
Photo by Ned Dishman.