NFL: The Washington Redskins plan to fire coach Jim Zorn today, an official within the NFL told the Associated Press.
The Redskins planned 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 a loss to San Diego on Sunday.
Zorn’s dismissal has been expected for months. The front office stripped him of his play-calling duties in 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.
Zorn started 6-2 as a rookie head coach last season, but the team finished 8-8. This year’s team has been hurt by numerous injuries, a lack of depth and tons of off-the-field distractions, but also by an inability of Zorn’s West Coast offense to consistently find the end zone.
Concussions in forefront again
NFL: As the NFL moves into the playoffs, the league is searching for a safer helmet and considering offseason rule changes to provide more protection from concussions.
Congress is still on the NFL’s case, too, and will examine head injuries in football again today, a day after the regular season ended and Miami Dolphins quarterback Pat White was carted off the field because of a helmet-to-helmet collision in a game.
One researcher who recently conducted crash-dummy tests on five manufacturers’ helmets for the NFL worries about what good will come of efforts to measure how much safer players are than they were a decade ago and understand where improvements could be made.
White moved his arms and legs and was talking before going to a hospital for examination.
“The information that we have is that he’s doing OK,” Dolphins coach Tony Sparano said after the game.
Panthers pair post 1,100 each
NFL: Jonathan Stewart joined DeAngelo Williams to give the Carolina Panthers the first set of teammates since the AFL-NFL merger to rush for more than 1,100 yards each in the same season.
Stewart rushed for 125 yards on 16 carries against New Orleans before leaving in the third quarter after aggravating his chronic left Achilles tendon injury.
He rushed for 1,133 yards on the season, surpassing Williams’ 1,117. Williams, who has an injured ankle, did not play Sunday.
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