Jim Zorn's future as coach of the Washington Redskins in the wake of a 1-5 slide has not been discussed by the team's hierarchy, front-office chief Vinny Cerrato said yesterday.
"In this building, that question has never even been brought up," Cerrato, the executive vice president of football operations, said on his radio show on WTEM-AM. "It's never even been discussed."
Cerrato hedged, however, when asked whether Zorn would return next season. Cerrato answered, "Yeah," before quickly adding again that the matter hadn't been discussed.
First-year coach Zorn's status has been the subject of widespread speculation during the free fall that has followed a 6-2 start. The speculation has been fueled in part by owner Dan Snyder's high turnover rate among head coaches - he's had six in less than a decade - and by Cerrato's refusal to address the subject despite numerous interview requests.
Cerrato said the organization was frustrated by the recent losses and promised the team's best effort tomorrow when the Redskins (7-7) host the Eagles.
"It's business as usual in this building," he said.
* Halfback Brandon Jacobs (knee) practiced for the third straight day and was listed as questionable for the Giants' NFC showdown with the Panthers tomorrow night.
* Titans quarterback Vince Young is suing former major league infielder Enos Cabell and two other men for applying for a trademark to use his initials and "Invinceable" nickname to sell products without his permission.
The federal suit, filed Dec. 12 in a U.S. District Court in Houston, claims the trio spent large sums marketing and branding the VY image and "Invinceable" nickname, damaging endorsement deals for him, including one with Reebok. The suit notes that Young, a 2005 Heisman Trophy finalist, became widely known by his "Invinceable" nickname while playing for Texas.
* The man accused of killing Denver Broncos cornerback Darrent Williams will enter a plea in February after a hearing yesterday was postponed.
Willie D. Clark faces 39 counts, including first-degree murder. His plea hearing was postponed until Feb. 20 because his attorneys wanted more time to review evidence.
Williams was shot after leaving a Denver nightclub on New Year's Day 2007. The indictment says Williams and Clark were at the club with separate groups that exchanged taunts before Williams and his friends left in a rented limousine.
* Miami Dolphins middle linebacker Channing Crowder was held out of practice with a stiff right knee and is questionable for tomorrow's game at Kansas City.
Dolphins coach Tony Sparano said Crowder will be a game-time decision. If he is unable to play, Akin Ayodele will start in his place. *