I can't believe my lying eyes.
The Washington Redskins are three point favorites over the Baltimore Ravens when the two teams meet at FedEx Field Saturday night (7:00 PM EDT, NBC-4, Comcast SportsNet).
I won't take time to do the research, but I'm pretty sure that hasn't happened any other time this decade.
The game brings the return of Jim Zorn. I still feel a good deal of sympathy for Zorn for what he went through here. You can't say he didn't get a fair shot. He shouldn't have had a shot at all.
Zorn was Seattle's first football hero. He was to the Seahawks what Sonny Jurgensen is around here. The "Hawks never saw him as a offensive coordinator candidate, much less a head coach. Jim Mora got that job when Mike Holmgren stepped down. Only Washington's Vinny Cerrato saw Zorn as a coordinator, then coach when he could not convince anyone else to take the job.
Poor Zorn was over-managed and undermined from that point. I don't blame him personally for the doom that followed.
Yet, I cannot picture Zorn as Donovan McNabb's head coach, offensive coordinator, or quarterback coach. What does Zorn teach to McNabb? Play smaller. Stay medium. Ugh.
The Redskins acquired quarterback Richard Bartel from the Jacksonville Jaguars practice squad because Zorn wanted to work with him. John Beck was briefly coached by Zorn, now Baltimore's quarterback coach, before the Shanahans traded for him. The Shanahans see Beck as a potential fit for their offense, thereby making him a threat to Bartel's stay on the roster.
Former Redskins offensive coordinator Al Saunders is the offensive consultant for the Ravens. That means Saunders could have more influence on Ravens playcalling than Zorn. Awkward.
Maybe Zorn has enough pull with the Ravens that Bartel will land there if the Skins cut him.
The NFL is a small world and a round one.