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Cerrato: Jim Zorn ‘Got Egomaniac on Everybody’

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) - Former VP of the Redskins Vinny Cerrato revealed a new detail about Jim Zorn’s personality during coaching days in Washington, while speaking with Lavar and Dukes on Wednesday.

It seems staying medium was just a media front for Zorn, if Cerrato’s words are to be taken at face value.

While reflecting on when the franchise last seemed to be heading in the right direction, prior to Mike Shanahan’s arrival, Cerrato hinted at Zorn maybe being able to find sustained success during his first season as the Redskins’ head coach.

“I would say this Lavar, I would say it was as good as it got when Joe was there, because if Joe doesn’t leave that last year we would have been back-to-back playoffs I believe. Because Zorn started out 6-2, then he got egomaniac on everybody. So I think Joe would have been able to take that team to the playoffs. I think we’d have been back-to-back and things would have never gotten as bad, because we’d have never had to hire Zorn.”

“Vinny, what did you mean by Zorn got to be an egomaniac,” Dukes sought clarification. “Did he get too big for his britches after he started out with that hot start?”

“Clinton [Portis] was having an All-Pro, Clinton was having, they were talking him about MVP at mid-season,” Cerrato said. “I mean Clinton had like a thousand yards, we go to Detroit and Zorn called him out at that time. You know, called him out, embarrassed him, and then basically Clinton said ‘I don’t want to play for you. I’m done.’ So I mean that turned that around. And then that was it. When he lost his star player who was playing spectacular for him, and then Zorn every Saturday was going biking with [George W.] Bush. I mean Saturdays, you know, he had to go biking with Bush all the time. He just got too, he quit being a football coach and became a celebrity.”

Given the perceived meddling of Dan Snyder resurfacing, whether true or not, find someone to take over for Mike Shanahan next season, should the Redskins let him go, could prove to be a daunting task.

It’s Cerrato’s belief that they’ll have to look to either a coordinator seeking his first head coaching opportunity, or drop down to the college ranks to find the next Redskins’ head man.

“I’ll tell you who would be a good coach for them, would be Hugh Jackson in my opinion. I mean Hue did a good job in Oakland, and Hue’s been there before so he knows Dan, understands Dan, can work with Dan, I think Hue Jackson would be a good coach.

Jackson is currently the running backs coach for the Bengals. Oakland was first and last head coaching stop in the NFL, when the Raiders were 8-8 in 2011.

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