It's not just because both times that team owner Daniel Snyder has hired a coaching consultant during the season, the head coach was a goner the very next season. Snyder has reportedly gone further than that, talking up former Broncos coach Mike Shanahan.
According to John Czarnecki of FoxSports.com:
Jim Zorn appears to be a dead coach walking with old-timer Sherm Lewis hired to oversee his game plans. Word has it Snyder approached former Broncos coach Mike Shanahan in the offseason to be his head coach and has made another attempt during the season, only to be rebuffed both times. Despite being owed millions by Denver owner Pat Bowlen, Shanahan does want to return to the sidelines, but he wants to wait until the league season ends and consider his options.
The call will probably not surprise everyone, though some say Zorn probably thinks he has time to turn the team around this year.
But according to NFL Fanhouse's Michael David Smith, Snyder is sure to make Shanahan another offer at some point. "The biggest question is whether Shanahan would accept: He'd probably rather work for an owner who's a little more hands-off than Snyder, but I imagine Snyder will give Shanahan about 10 million reasons to consider becoming the Redskins' coach in 2010," Smith writes.
In that case, Jim, better start packing.