Well, that should quiet things down for a while.
The Jim Zorn unemployment watch is over. Jerry Gray, as it turns out, isn’t a coach-in-waiting about to get promoted any day now. Another week of Washington Redskins craziness ended with an actual message of stability Friday: The front office said Zorn will be the coach for the rest of the season.
“We were the soap opera for the NFL the last two weeks,” quarterback Jason Campbell said, “so hopefully it’ll calm down a little bit.”
The unexpectedly strong vote of confidence was delivered in the morning by executive vice president of football operations Vinny Cerrato.
After letting anxiety build for several days following last week’s loss to Kansas City, Cerrato opened his radio show by saying: “Jim Zorn is the head coach of the Washington Redskins and will be for the rest of this season, and hopefully into the future.”
Cable says he’s ‘thankful’
Oakland Raiders coach Tom Cable made his first public comments since learning he would not be charged for an alleged assault against a former assistant, saying he was thankful for the district attorney’s decision.
Napa County district attorney Gary Lieberstein said he would not pursue charges against Cable for allegedly breaking Randy Hanson’s jaw in August, citing inconsistencies in Hanson’s story that were not corroborated by the three assistant coaches in the room at the time.
“I’m obviously very thankful that the authorities did the thoroughness that they did in terms of getting the facts and all that,” Cable said. “I never let it become a distraction because as I mentioned many times, I just had a lot of faith. I knew what happened.”
NFL to Britain?
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell expects the league to start playing multiple regular-season games in Britain in the next few years – an expansion that could lead to putting a franchise in London.
Goodell said Friday that “every indicator” shows the British market can support more games and that having a franchise here is of “tremendous interest” to the league.
He stopped short of giving a timeline for expanding the NFL’s overseas presence.
Bills starting quarterback Trent Edwards won’t play Sunday because of a concussion. ... New York Jets wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery will not play Sunday, missing his second straight game with an injured left hamstring. ... Steelers safety Troy Polamalu returned to practice after sitting out two days to rest his still-healing left knee. ... Pro Bowl cornerback Antoine Winfield was listed as doubtful for Minnesota’s game with a sprained right foot. Safety Madieu Williams is listed as questionable with a quadriceps injury, as is backup safety Husain Abdullah with a sore back. ... The NFL says the Cleveland Browns did not violate any league policies when rookie running back James Davis was injured during a recent practice. ... Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Anquan Boldin is questionable for Sunday’s game. ... Bengals receiver Chad Ochocinco was fined $10,000 by the NFL for a uniform violation. The colorful Cincinnati wideout was fined for wearing the wrong colored chin strap (black) during the Bengals’ loss to Houston last Sunday. ... Browns cornerback Eric Wright was back at practice hours after flipping his car on a wet highway entrance ramp. He may play Sunday against Green Bay. ... Chicago Bears defensive tackle Tommie Harris was listed as doubtful for Sunday’s game because of a nagging left knee injury. ... Washington Redskins left tackle Chris Samuels said he will need a couple of months before deciding whether he can play again.The six-time Pro Bowl lineman released a statement that essentially rules himself out for the rest of the season, even as he contemplates retirement because of a serious neck injury.