When, not if, Jim Zorn is fired, the popular opinion is that Dan Snyder will try to replace him with the biggest name that will sign on the line that is dotted.
This week alone there have been reports concerning Danny’s dalliances with Mike Shanahan and Jon Gruden, and fellow unemployed Super Bowl ring-wearers Bill Cowher and Mike Holmgren have been mentioned in rumors past. Plus, after making every other kind of hire — the solid pro (Marty Schottenheimer), the college guy (Steve Spurrier), the franchise treasure (Joe Gibbs) and the unknown (Zorn) — it figures that Snyder will back up the money truck and hope to spin the wheel with one of these four.
Whether that’s the right approach or not, and whether they’ll take the personnel reins from Vinny Cerrato or not, I’d like to know who among them is the coach of the people. If you were Snyder, money was no object and each was amenable to your advances, who would you hire?
Before getting to the poll though, a quick glance at the resumes:
Cowher – 52 years old, 149-90-1 in 15 seasons with Pittsburgh, 10 playoff appearances, one AFC Championship and one Super Bowl
Gruden — 46 years old, 95-81 in 11 seasons with Oakland and Tampa Bay, five playoff appearances and one Super Bowl
Holmgren — 61 years old, 161-111 in 17 seasons with Green Bay and Seattle, 12 playoff appearances, two NFC Championships and one Super Bowl
Shanahan — 57 years old, 146-98 in 16 seasons with Oakland and Denver, seven playoff appearances and two Super Bowls
Also, the records of each through 21 games (Zorn is 10-11 through 21):
- Cowher 14-7
- Holmgren 11-10
- Gruden 10-11
- Shanahan 9-12 (fired by Oakland after his 20th game)